I'm about halfway down the foot of my second Simple SKYP sock. I should get these socks finished this week! There was a question about the yarn the last time I blogged these, so maybe I can answer the question.
The yarn I'm using is Madelinetosh Twist Light in Birch Gray. Birch Gray is one of Madelinetosh's speckled colorways. I knit a pair of socks in January of this year using Cosmic Wonder Dust, another speckled colorway.
Speckled yarns are definitely trendy right now and they are fun to knit. With a simple color like Birch Gray, I don't know when or where the next speckle is going to show up. With a multicolored yarn like CWD, I don't know which color will be next. These make for very fun socks and I think would make great mitts. I've seen some shawls using speckle yarns and those can be fun, but since the speckled yarns are hand dyed (not just by Madelinetosh, there are many brands out there doing speckled yarns right now, I just happen to have used MT twice now), they may not be consistently speckled. If you look at my CWD socks above, the sock on the right is more heavily speckled than the sock on the left. They are both knit from the same skein, so if I had made a shawl, part of the shawl would be more densely speckled than the other part. This might bug me on a shawl. This would definitely bug me on a sweater, even if I were alternating skeins, I could end up with clumps of speckles. Now this is not to say that speckled yarns should never be used for bigger projects, if you look around Ravelry you'll see lots of larger projects using speckled yarns. I just personally think it would make me crazy. For that reason, I think I'll stick to smaller projects with these yarns and just admire other people's speckled sweaters and shawls.
I am curious how they might weave up, so it's possible that some speckles could find their way to the loom at some point. . .