I agree, Vanna's Choice, imho, is *not* soft enough for babies. I agree about Encore -it's a nice compromise if you want wool for warmth but want the ease of acrylic.
I really think Lion Brand Cotton Ease would be a lovely choice- it is *very* soft and washes very well, too~just throw it in with everything else! My DD has a beautiful sweater my DMom made for her from it and its soft and cooshy and WONDERFUL to the touch
In fact, I want one too