I just got an email about this new yarn company, Knit Picks. Their simple, natural fiber yarns look very promising, and their prices are amazing!
I'm planning a few sweaters, so here are the ones I'm looking at....
$1.79 --110yard skein of bright colored Peruvian Highland wool.
My size sweater costs $19.69 to make! This wool sounds like a medium-soft kind of wool. It costs even less if you buy it in simple white. ($15 for a worsted-weight aran sweater!)
$2.29 --123 yard skein of Merino!
My size sweater costs $30 to make. In MERINO! It knits up at a smaller gauge than I like to work, but I'm considering it....
Knitter's Review has a great review of these yarns that's worth checking out. This company has lots of nice looking sock yarns, and alpaca, silk, and I think cotton as well. The only thing I'd be warry of is knitting socks out of their 100% merino sock yarn. I'm sure they'd feel luxurious and great, but I think they'd wear through very fast! They also offer sock yarns with nylon, sounds like a safer bet.