Here's the pile of fluff. I split the braid into about 5 or 6 pieces of approximately equal length and thought I'd continue my attempts at making a thicker single - with the hope that I might be able to make one that could be used as a singles yarn.
And then I spun. I ended up with singles ranging from 8 to 15 wpi. Quite a bit of variability, but it is getting easier. Then I gave the singles a little soak and some vigorous thwacking. I let them dry overnight and Wow!