Wool (very, very soft wool) is best for babies because it is fire resistant, and when it gets wet, it doesn’t stop insulating. But unless felting is your goal, hand washing wool is a pain and very unlikely for newborn’s mommies. (Hand-knit garment, meet heirloom box!)
So my question is whether wool that has been treated to be machine washable (superwash wool) is still flame retardant and insulating?
And if wool blend yarn contains a percentage of acrylic or nylon, those fibers will have the melting-into-flesh properties, not the flame retardant ones, correct?
And if superwash still retains its awesome wool properties, what’s your most favorite, softest, minimal pilling, minimal fading baby superwash wool yarn? (I prefer worsted weight, but will consider DK, too)
Okay, if that costs more than 10 USD per skein (or contains a ridiculously small amount of yardage,) what’s your favorite bargain alternative?
Thank you for your input!