Yes, the yarn was soft to the touch in the skein, but once worked up into the scarf it was horribly itchy and too painful to wear. Unfortunately, I didn't realize how unwearable it was until I was finished with the scarf and put it around my own neck. By that time it was too late to make another.
On the other hand, I LOVED the pattern. I will be surely making this scarf again (with a different yarn, of course).
P.S. My boss is really nice, and her husband reads my blog :)