One of the advantages of working in a yarn store is that you get to work with yarns you might not ordinarily choose to buy.
Case and point - Tangier by Cascade Yarns. When this yarn walked in the door I fell in love with the colors. However, I had no need to knit with it right now. When the store owner suggested we knit up a sample, I happily agreed. We found this free cowl pattern that only uses one skein.
What did I think of the yarn? Loved it softness and the fact it knits up quickly. The cowl would be a perfect fall or spring accessory as there is silk and cotton in it.
Another variegated yarn I got to knit with was Noro Taiyo Aran. We had an excess of one color way so I knit up a hat called Guinan.
Lesson learned - knit a sample and you will sell product! This yarn also has silk and cotton - loved the feel of it. My only complaint about Noro is there are knots AND there is always a brown section. That being said, you can always cut out the brown. This too only needed one skein.
I'll have another Noro yarn to review as soon as I get photos.