I've decided to fight through the cotton/wool yarn I described earlier. The problems I encountered were that the ribs were very loose, and the leg was very tight. I've decided on a small needle for the rib, and a larger one for the rest of the sock. Wish me luck, men!
In the mean time, while pondering my next move with the yarn from hell, I set out to practice entrelac, since I never was able to master it before. Well, I found a pattern at my LYS, set to work, and finally was able to get it! I actually got it!
Now, if i could just figure out how to use it in something more than a small handbag!