It took three months, but I finally finished the afghan for my son's Christmas present. Cables, oy!
I used Galway Highland Heather pure wool. Plymouth Yarn sells it. I used 10 skeins, each 210 yards. I'm not sure I will use this yarn again as it irritated my forearms and made them itch pretty badly after an hour or so. Thankfully, no rash.
I would like to wash it now and I'm looking for suggestions. I am planning on soaking it in my washing machine but not spinning it. After soaking, I am going to rinse it and then add some fragrance-free hair conditioner to soften it up a bit and maybe make it less irritating. I understand that wool has barbs in each hair and that can cause it to be a bit annoying on bare skin. My son will be using it while wearing sweats, so I'm too concerned about it.
My question: Should I just dry this as I would a sweater and should I block it? Any tricks as to an easy way to do both?