How to soften cheap acrylic yarns. Worth a try! Another softening idea is to wash the finished item with shampoo and conditioner!
inko dye. - This is light sensitive dye that you paint onto fabric. Then put objects or photo negatives on it and let it expose in the sun. Wash it and you've got yourself some custom printed fabric. I have a set of the dye and I'd be happy to bring it to the craft night sometime. :)