No, that's not it at all.
It's because I like to CONTROL the color placement. (Again, those that know me are not surprised by this).
In an attempt to step outside of my comfort zone, and to knock a significant dent in my stash, I've been intentionally looking for patters that showcase variegated yarns. (Let's see how I do.)
First Up - Lion Brand's Shawl in a Ball yarn and the Pico Bandito pattern by Jon Averett (free). I used the Restful Rainbow and Community Coral colorways.
Yarn - I really liked working with the yarn. It had a nice hand to it and was easy to work with- no splitting. I had enough in one ball to make two shawlettes.
Pattern - LOVE IT! Super easy, super quick to work up, and notes that help you tailor it a bit to get the look you want. I can see continuing with the entire ball to make a large wrap. Definitely a good pattern to have for quick gifts.