So you have to take this into consideration when matching a yarn with the pattern that you want to use. This was not the case with Sugar Maple, while I was careful to design a pattern that would work well with this color and yarn; I was able to use a lacey design that did stand out beautifully. I was also impressed with the way the colors when changing softly blended into another. Great examples can be seen in this 2009 video:
Each color was brief enough to produce a nice random speckled effect rather than splotches of color (some refer to this as pooling) here and there.
The reason the colors do not pool is that of the short repeats. Although Cheryl uses 4-7 colors in the sock yarn, which can cause pooling, she does 2-3 repeats. Sugar Maple has 4 colors with 2.5 repeats meaning 10 colors per skein. She also tries to blend like colors yarn, so the 2 yellow will create another yellow and when the yellow goes to pink, it creates a nice salmon color.