The good news is that Lion Brand Yarns answered my email in less than an hour.
The bad news is that it's true. I had hoped it was some dark urban legend, but Lion Brand Cotton Ease yarn has been discontinued.
It was the only moderately priced cotton/acrylic yarn on the market and the colors were bright and lovely. It became a poncho for me, but I had hoped that it would be my first adult sweater.
Now it's not to be, it's too late.
Denial is over, I have moved to anger.