Wool is an amazing fiber. Natural fire retardant and anti-bacterial. It will keep you warm in winter, even when wet, and cool in summer.
We carry two kinds of wool- non superwash and superwash.
Non superwash wool will normally just be listed as wool. You absolutely should never agitate it or shock it with a change of temperature. This causes the scales on the wool to grab onto each other, the garment will shrink and feel hard. So please, hand wash cool anything that is regular wool. Because of the anti-bacterial properties of wool, I’ll usually just air a sweater when needed and only hand wash 2-3 times a winter.
Superwash wool is chemically treated to remove or coat the scales on the yarn. It makes it much more forgiving in the wash process. You may put a pair of superwash hand knit socks in the washer on warm and be fine, please use your own experience and judgement. I remember the work I put into a hand knit project and prefer to hand wash all shawls, sweaters and scarves.
I do machine wash my superwash wool socks in the washing machine on warm on the WOOL setting. This setting does not agitate the contents or spray water on them. I then lay them to dry.
Always be sure and carefully wash all woolens before putting away for the season. Mice and moths love finding little tidbits that were left on a garment.