There are so many acrylics out there now that are soft that I think it's great we have so much more too choose from than ever before.
I am not a yarn snob, and if I had my choice, I would ALWAYS craft with RHSS! Unfortunately, most of my swap partners do not feel the same
, so I use the more expensive, softer, acrylics.
Which brings me to my next thought: I have a problem with the other acrylics b/c they are much more expensive, in smaller skeins, and do not come in the choice of colors that RHSS comes in. (I shop at Joann's, Michael's, Walmart, and AC Moore.)
And I absolutely DESPISE the 'Simply Soft' type of yarn...it ALWAYS seperates on me! Terrible to crochet with, and makes the finished product look bad.
Just my two cents!