This is what happens if you don’t secure your skeins well before wet finishing. Unlike Alexander the Great, I persevered and found one of the ends. (Are you kidding me? It’s 3-ply alpaca!) It took me about an hour to find an end and 6 hours to wind it into a ball. The trick is to not pull on any ends, but gently shake the wad of yarn to loosen the strand of yarn as you wind it off. It’s tedious, but I didn’t create any knots this way either.
This is one skein of 4, and the only one that endured tie failure in the wash. Approximately 1.5 pounds of 3 ply alpaca, DK weight. It should make a nice sweater or blanket. I’m thinking blanket since alpaca may stretch too much for a sweater.