British readers (and people who don't mind shipping their yarn around the world) could be interested in New Lanark yarns made in an historic mill in Scotland (see: www.newlanarkshop.co.uk/shop.php?view=page&page=43 [link opens in a new window]).
This stuff is a real man's yarn, which comes in DK and aran weights (US=sport weight and worsted) in 100% wool and a 90% wool / 10% silk blend. The yarn can feel a little scratchy while it's being knitted, but it softens really nicely after a garment is in use.
The majority of colours in natural wool shades, heathers, earth colours and blues. Handy shade cards have samples of the yarn in small knitted rectangles.
The amazing thing, though, is the price. You'd be hard pressed to buy a nasty synthetic yarn at a similar price.
* DK / 50g / 120m / 22st to 4" on 4mm needles at GB£1.00
* Aran /100g / 160m / 18st to 4" on 5mm needles at GB£1.80
The aran sweater on my Knit Picks Options is going well so far, but can't tell you how it looks once it's washed. Will report back later.