- 1. b.Yielding readily to pressure or weight.
- Smooth or fine to the touch: a soft fabric.
Do you know how one person can call a yarn soft, and another can call it harsh or scratchy or just not soft? Some of it can come down to personal perceptions, but some of it has to do with the inadequacy of the Mother Tongue for spinners. We need more words for soft.
Sure, we use the word "squooshy" to mean "yielding readily to pressure or weight." But you must admit that squooshy is a bit informal.
And there is no word (that I know of) that has the exclusive meaning of "fine to the touch."
There is one softness of angora, another of targhee, another of merino, another of cormo, another of silk, another of alpaca, and of cashmere....
There is softness of a springy wool, not necessarily the finest, but spun lovingly woolen and plied just so.
There is the softness of a fine wool spun woolen and finished with care, and that is softness upon softness. Or the softness of one fiber complementing another in a blend.
So tell me, my fellow spinners, is there a language out there that we can borrow from, with many words for soft? We sorely need them.