Just got back from A.C. Moore with brand new yarns to play with!
Although I find acrylic yarn like the super saver variety to be optimal for making amigurumi, I've always wanted to experiment with different types of yarns. In this case I picked up two different cotton blends and a stitch nation wool. I'm not sure the picture really shows the hue of purple the wool is in, but I can tell you it's absolutely irresistible, almost incandescent. The color is listed as "passion fruit"
I also discovered why wool is optimal for felting, as the stray strands I had pulled out to inspect it pretty much started clinging to each other just by being tossled around in the bag I was carrying on the way home. I've always wanted to learn felting, so now that I finally have some wool to felt I'll definitely be taking the opportunity.
I also picked up a few rolls of cotton yarn (including the eco blend). The brown yarn I've reserved for a market bag pattern I saw on the lion brand website. You can find it at http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/80803AD.html?noImages=. I've been wanting to crochet a market bag since watching Vicky Christina Barcelona (one of my favorite movies!)
I couldn't find a good screen shot of it but you can kind of see it here, from http://www.slashfilm.com/2008/05/12/first-look-woody-allens-vicky-cristina-barcelona/
( I guess you know you crochet too much when you obsess over props in a movie haha).
I decided to pick up the green eco cotton as well to play with. I would love to come up with a leaf pattern to use, either for flowers or flower like creatures I come up with.
The anticipation is killing me so I'm off to play with my new stuff!