The picture below contrasts the prototypes (i.e. the versions that turned out not so nice) with the finished objects (i.e. the versions in another yarn, that turned out much nicer).
Through Thick and Thin Scarf, Almendra Cowl, Queen of Diamonds Scarf, Zoom Out Fingerless gloves.)
I think at least the yarn works well for testing out ideas and it's really durable. Due to its color changes, any patterns made by short rows or other shaping methods come out very clearly.
However, I guess (!) I have finally found something that works for this yarn. I think this modular design - together with the rather big gaps - gives the whole thing a neat and tidy look - a bit like a tiling pattern.
Has anybody else had similar problems in finding the right pattern/idea for some yarn? I'd love to hear your stories.