Actually, it didn't feel very soft when I was balling it, and it's not much better to knit with. Hubby is used to wearing wool socks, so the itch won't bother him. It's called Tuffy by Briggs & Little, which is a company in New Brunswick I believe. My guess is that the wool is from Canadian sheep as well, since the only thing on the label says "Product of Canada". Even though it's an 80/20 wool/nylon blend, it's not machine washable. It hasn't been processed very much either, since I found little bits of dirt and such in it as I wound it. It was actually pretty funny since I had my 9 & 10 yo DDs helping me ball it. They would get grossed out whenever they'd see anything in it. My 3 yo DS had fun too. He was holding the other end of the wool to help Mom too, and it was rubbing the arm of my daughter... she was getting mad because it was so itchy!