There's a thread on Ravelry I first learned about from Jenny Jo that's a gallery of photos of unspun fiber, the finished yarn, and then the object knit from said yarn. It's a glorious thing to behold, full of surprises and sublime levels of talent. I was so excited about my February yarn that I knit it right away, so now I have the sequence of photos to contribute to the thread.
Fiber (Fiber Optic merino/silk in Copper to Verdigris):
Finished Object (Stephen West's Boneyard Shawl):
I have lots more photos on my Ravelry project page, if anyone wants to check it out. I wish my photographic skills gave a consistent representation of the color of this project, but alas, those are not skills I have.
The Yarn Harlot's been on a spinning kick lately, and she said something that resonated with my thoughts on spinning at the moment, namely that she thought when she started spinning that she'd spin most of the yarn she used. That's not how I felt starting out, but it's totally how I feel these days. With the exception of things like blanketsworth of yarn (stay tuned, because I have a blanket FO to show you as soon as I weave in the ends and take photos), and probably some sock yarn, I think I would be really happy spinning for all my knitting/crocheting. Just look at these other two yarns I've finished this month! I feel like I have to put them to the top of the priority list because I'm in love with them both. I don't know that I'm feeling quite ready to destash all my commercially spun yarn and start from scratch, but I can say it's a tempting idea.