Dear Beloved One,
No, NORO Silk Garden is not soft. It is not scratchy, but definitely not soft like Merino or Cashmerino. NORO Transitions is as soft as NORO gets.
Also, a quick FYI: NORO Silk Garden is a heavier gauge than NORO Silk Garden Lite.
The original Silk Garden knits up like a worsted weight, whereas the Silk Garden Lite is sport weight. Thanks for the link to the Ebay yarn lady, Victoise! You are right...GORGEOUS NEW COLOR! Sigh.