No help with the pattern question, but I watch the thrift stores for good yarn deals, especially for smallish projects. Seems many folks donate leftovers, or even whole projects worth. I accumulate way too much yarn this way! But it is really cheap, and I have found lovely alpaca, organic cotton, and bamboo yarns.
Rhu - mother,grandmother,daughter,sister,friend-foster,adoptive,and biological;not necessarily in that order. Some of it's magic, some of it's tragic, but I had a good life all the way (Jimmy Buffet)