I like Bernat, Patons and Caron is coming out with some nice yarns nowadays too. I watch for the yarn sales at Michaels and if I'm going to be in Manassas at AC Moore. The Joann's here doesn't carry much in the way of yarn and their sales aren't as good.
Another free pattern, crochet this time. It's a cute "Falling Snowflakes" scarf, one of 12 Christmas patterns that will be offered each week. If you want the other patterns, sign up for their emails and once you click on the link for this pattern, you'll automatically be signed up to get the other 11.
I'm going to start a new thread with a better header. Meanwhile, here is one of the best sources of free knitting and crochet patterns - the Garn Studio patterns. There are over 2,000 patterns in US patterns. If you click on home, you'll see you can select other patterns in UK English. Just keep in mind that at least in crochet, the stitches aren't the same. I think in the UK, a double crochet is the same as a half double crochet in the US or something like that. Anyway, an American crocheter isn't going to be able to crochet from a UK pattern. I don't know about knitting stitches.
Notice the selection lists on the left as well as the categories on the page. You can look at only knitting patterns, only crochet, etc. Or you can select by men, ladies, babies, holidays, pets, etc. These are some of the most stylish patterns available, unlike some of the American and Canadian yarn companies. They aren't hard patterns to follow either.