Have you seen some of Sean Sheep's new stuff, redwitch? When it first came out, I didn't care for it but they've introduced some "new" lines of wool and I quite like that.
I do agree, however, that in comparison to the stuff you can get in the states it by far is no match. If I had a choice between Sean Sheep and the many brands you can buy in the US, I'd pick the US stuff every time.
My mother sends me wool from the states and it's much better in quality than anything we can get here.