I would like to start by apologizing for the dark pictures. At the time they were taken, it wasn't possible to take a picture that was bright and also showed the true color of the yarn.
(This is an example of what happened when I tried to take a brighter picture. This picture does not accurately show the color of this yarn. It is nowhere near as bright as it show up here.)
Okay, now lets get on with the review. As you can see below this review covers Caron Simply Soft. Pictured is Craon Simply Soft in Dark Sage. This is a 100% Acrylic yarn. This yarn was used in a Hooded Cloak (yes, the same cloak from my previous post) for my niece. I like to use the 100% Acrylic yarn when making clothing or toys for children as children tend to be messy and hard on their things and it is generally cheap and easy to clean.
I picked up a few skeins of this yarn at my local Wal-Mart for $1.50 each. These usually sell at our Wal-Mart for just under $3. Caron Simply Soft is usually my yarn of choice when looking for something strong, soft, and vibrantly colored that is still on the cheap side. While Red Heart Super Savor tends to be a bit cheaper and comes in a wider variety of colors, it just does not compare to Caron's softness.
This yarn is easy to use, soft on the hands, and does not split as easily as other yarns. While it is soft, it is still solid enough to distinctly show stitches in a finished project.
(The Dark Sage is one of my favorite Craon colors. It is a deep "forrest" type of green. While it isn't bright, the color is deep and beautiful.)
If there are any cons, they ultimately fall with the same thing that provides many of this yarns pros : it is 100% Acrylic. This means there is no water absorption and when wet, all softness goes away. If you are planning a project that will need to absorb liquid, this yarn is not for you. If looking for yarn for things like washcloths or washable Swiffer pads, look for a 100% cotton yarn.
On a scale of 1-10, I would give this yarn a 6. While it is not an expensive, luxury yarn it is one of the best yarns you can get for the cost. It soft, comes in beautiful colors, and durable enough to stand up to use by children and repeated washing.