Christine, I have tried everything to soften wool. They feel soft at first, but they end up itchy. My neck and shoulder area are the most sensitive, but I can wear wool socks or gloves. I am in the process of trying various wools and blends to see if I can find something
that will work for a sweater.
Thank you to everyone! I would also like to comment here about the thumbs... these work fine as is, but my DD had another pair of similar gloves that had a button hole type thing in the thumb so her thumb would be useful as well as the fingers. They had come apart so I fixed them for her (yeah!) and added the thumb buttonhole to those again. They are neat, but I think my thumb would get cold through the hole so I'm going to make some more soon and attempt some sort of thing like the fingers for the thumb. We'll see if I have any hair left when I'm done.