Look what I got:
Fuzzy colorful yarn! I know that you are Wool Averse, so it's not your bag, but it's pretty fun for me. It's Suri Dream from KnitPicks and it's very soft and fuzzy.
I originally bought it because I want to make this shawl, but I didn't want to spend $13/skein for 9 skeins of the specified yarn. Suri Dream is $5/skein. Whee! The colors are not an exact match, but I have confidence in my color-choosing skills -- I think I can make a good lookin' shawl out of these yarns.
Meanwhile, this also solves another knitting dilemma for me. Awhile back, I made this crazy scarf:
(That photo makes it look not-so-crazy, but it's actually about 12 feet long, so it's pretty nuts -- there's way more scarf behind than in front here.)
This scarf is similar to the one shown on the cover of the book Loop-d-Loop. I used a kit to make it -- the kit came with shorter lengths of all of those yarns, so I didn't have to get a full skein of each one. It's this crazy-soft nylon yarn called Berroco Plush. It's so soft, it's disturbing (in fact, we call crazy-soft items like this "disturbingly soft"). After I made it, my mom wanted one. Of course.
Unfortunately, Plush is about $10/skein, so buying all of those skeins just for that scarf would get mighty spendy (mine has 15 links in it -- my mom is quite a bit shorter than I am, so hers would have fewer links, but still... it's a lot!) However, I think this Suri Dream will work quite nicely and there should be plenty for both my shawl and my mom's scarf. So yay!
Hrm... now I guess I ought to quit styling the yarn and get knitting?