The yarn is here, the yarn is here!
The postal person stealthily put it on my porch, and there it was when I opened to door to walk up the driveway to check the mail. I know what I’m doing tomorrow . . .
the giant skein of overdyed blue finally dried, and taking advice from the commenters, I decided to test the limits of the All-Powerful Reeling Machine and see if it could hold all 1200 yards of yarn. It was doing well, but then the yarn got a bit tangled in one of the wire loops holding the skeiner together and it frayed rather severely. I went ahead and broke it off and started a second ball.
Here they are, enjoying the sun on what is likely to be the last warm day of the year.