I have just been given a knitting project from nan, the cardi she started was incomplete and the pattern book lost. So we pulled it out and she wants me to knit up "a little something for someone". I was sure it was wool but as there were no tags, so we put our heads together and derived our own wool test.
Note : I hold no responsibility for burn, skin, fingers, hands or houses!!
Acrylic : Went up in a flash, spitted, smoked and smelt like burnt plastic.
Acrylic/Wool Blend : Harder to catch light, no spitting, smaller flame and milder plastic smell
Wool : Very difficult to catch light, the flame just fizzles out and the smell is of fiber not plastic.
It seems the wool is wool! :)
Personal note: While I was completing this test I realized how important it is to make blankets in wool, particularly the crochet numbers that we all love and use around heaters. Get yourself some acrylic and give it a go, it will scare you how easy it flames up. xx