I finished the quiviut yarn for Laura! I think I started this way back in the summer. Laura bought 3 oz. of raw fiber in Alaska, and being a knitter and not a spinner, asked if I would spin it for her. I agreed, and subsequently took forever to spin her yarn!
It took me so long mostly because see the bowl of debris above? Well, each little clump of fiber produced at least that much guard hair and bits'o'junk. Every hair and bit had to be hand picked from the clump of fiber. And this, is what took forever. Spinners, if you want to spin quiviut, make sure you get the kind that is prepped for you! Even if it costs twice as much, believe me, what you save in time and labor will be worth it!
The actual spinning didn't take that long compared to the picking/cleaning of the fiber.
Spun yarn above taking it's first bath. Whew! That was some yarn in need of a bath! Yarn got three baths before being all clean and fuzzy.
Yarn drip drying in the shower.
At this point, I'm petting it, going in every half hour to see if it's getting fuzzier and softer as it dries...it is!