A while ago, I posted about quite possibly the ugliest sock I’ve ever knit. In fact, it’s so bad that I’ve not even finished turning the heel on it yet, and it’s certainly got no prettier:
But they have gotten me thinking. This stuff looked *lovely* in the ball. It’s right in the middle of this photo, just in case you don’t believe me.
So, what is it about multicoloured yarn that is just so *appealing* to so many knitters?? I know that I have this amazing compulsion to collect all the colours of Lorna’s Laces sock yarn that exist, but I have seen socks knit from it that are eye-popping in their zigginess and zagginess, and completely unappealing to me. Colours fight cabling and obscure lacework. They make horizontal stripes, and do unexpected and usually unattractive things whenever shaping is used:
They make different patterns on sleeves than on body pieces:
But so many folks can’t resist buying them.
So I want to know. Do you like to buy multicoloured yarns? Do you like the way they look in skeins, in balls, knit up? Would you buy multicoloured sock yarn? Lace yarn? Sweater yarn? Yarn for adult garments? Accessories? Kids’ clothing?
If so, do you want quick changes? Dainty stripes? Bold, wide stripes? Self-patterning? Long, slow colour changes like Noro? *Very* long, slow changes like Kauni? A regular pattern, or a random one?
High contrast? similar values? Similar hues?
Do you like semi-solids, or do they just look like a dyeing mistake to you?
What about marled yarns, heathered yarns, tweedy yarns?
Or do you like all your yarn to have a perfectly even colour finish?
What speaks to you?