Originally Posted by ecb
I was wondering if I should fiber scrub it (like my Unicorn wool wash, but their stronger product)
and wrap it wet on a yarn stretcher thing like my Mom used to have
its like a T but it has another cross piece pointing the other way at the bottom of the T
so if U look down from top to bottom all U see is +
Unless it's truly filthy I wouldn't use the stronger product; that's for washing greasy fleeces right from the sheep. The twisted t-shaped thing is a niddy-noddy and it is used to make skeins from the yarn. There's a special way of winding the yarn, shown here: http://www.joyofhandspinning.com/yarn-niddyNoddy.shtml
You can wind the yarn on the niddy-noddy, slosh it around in hot water and Eucalan or another wool wash product, and hang it to dry. It will then be ready to be wound into balls and knit. Don't wind the yarn too tightly; you don't want it to stretch. Making something for the woman who gave you this lovely gift is a sweet idea.