I used Plymouth Indiecita Alpaca and yes, it is very soft. I had this one skein that I bought on clearance at a yarn store some months ago. Now I'm dying to knit something else with alpaca yarn.
Today I was at the playground outside my daughter's school, and the baby was with me, wearing her new hat. A woman who works at the after school program came up to us and asked "Is this the hat from Knitty?" Apparently, the Miss Dashwood hat is getting famous. And it's always fun to run into fellow knitters unexpectedly. :XX: :XX: