Can I Soften Scratchy Wool?

Awhile ago, I bought some Irish wool that I got for a sweater from an online store. When I got the wool, I realized that it was too scratchy so I set it aside. Recently, I decided that I would use it to make an afghan, but I'd like to soften it up a bit once I am finished. I am in my third of ten skeins, so it'll be awhile before I am done.

I have read that hair conditioner helps, but most are highly perfumed. I have also read that glycerin works, as well as vinegar.

Sock Yarn Shawl

Hi guys,
I have never made a shawl before, so I thought I'd give it a try. I decided to go with sock yarn because my 90-year-old mom is small in stature and I thought that the smaller stitching would look good on her. I did use size US8 needles, so the stitching isn't as tight, obviously, as it would be on a sock. I'll save that for another day or year! The yarn I am using is Stroll Fingering from Knit Picks, 75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% nylon. The pattern calls for 435 yards, so I bough 2 balls of 50g/231yds.

Leg Amputation Sock

Hello MLK,
I have a friend who, because of serious infections resulting from heart bypass surgery in January that never healed, underwent leg amputation above the knee yesterday. He's 81 years old and he's a wonderful person. I thought I'd make him what is called a stump sock...yes it sounds crass, but he's okay with it. He won't ever have a prosthesis because of his age, overall health, and his f*cked up insurance company who dropped him, so now he is a ward of the State of Florida as a Medicaid patient.

Sweater from Sock Yarn

Hi guys,
I am planning on making a sweater out of sock yarn and could use some help in fiber selection. I just made a sweater from my son out of acrylic and I don't want to do that again. Acrylic tends to sag under its own weight, so I ended up ripping a lot out to shorten things. I will post more about that later.

Sweater bottom ribbing and cuff ribbing

Hi guys,
I am at the bottom of the sweater I am making for my son and am trying to decide whether I should use a 2x2 rib or a 1x1 rib. What have you guys experienced. I have always used 2x2 but wondered if a 1x1 would look better. It's a very plain raglan sweater with stockinette stitch. My son likes his clothing to be simple and understated. Any suggestions?