Did your DH finish your hackle for you? I'd love to see a picture of it.
The "works" part is the important part! I got to use one of these in Oct. at a class I took. It was so much fun, and I loved the results I achieved.
This line of talk is dangerous for me...yet another tool I really want...no, no, no, must be strong and act like a responsible adult :(
Becky - these are really nice! It looks like you had lots of fun doing this. :o)
And I am glad you posted lots of pics, I think everyone really enjoys looking at other's creations.
Becky, you can sometimes card the leftovers, if they aren't too short or pilly, and then spin them for a project that doesn't take much wear and tear. I know that's what Deb Menz does/suggests in her color blending classes.
ETA: Found the Yarn Harlot's blog post about her class with Deb Menz at SOAR last fall and what they did. You have to scroll down the post to get to that part, but I enjoyed the whole post. (Especially since I couldn't go myself! =(( )