I have just spent an unbelieveable amount of time searching on the web for some solid color sock yarn in the colors that I NEED, and am just so disgusted. This has been a pet peeve of mine for just about as many years as I have been knitting, and that is a LOT of years. Yes, I am YELLING!
Why, oh why, oh why can't some yarn company understand that so many of us knitters would SO much appreciate a reliable source of different yarn colors that stayed the same and are available right away? As it is right now, I have had to look all over the web to find what I want, and finally found SOME of the colors, BUT, I will have to purchase them from 3 different companies/sellers if I want to get them. So that means it will cost me a whole lot more in postage, not to mention all the time I have spent trying to find what I need. It is I think the most frustrating thing I have ever found regarding yarn.
It seems that just about every company falls victim to the "chase the fashion" syndrome. They discontinue the colors they had and add "new" ones, all to keep up with the current fashions. Arrrggghhh!! I suppose that there are knitters out here who do go for the fashion looks, but there are so many of us out here who do like the tried and true and always fashionable things. Classics, if you will. Always there, always available, and always in good taste.
It just seems to me that some smart company could figure this out and offer a good color range of yarns so that those of us, and I believe there are MANY of us, who want and need this type of selection could buy the yarns. I thought I had found such a company in KnitPicks, but they have decided that their Essential line of sock yarn is going to be one of those fashion chasing items. Grrrrrr. They do offer their Palette fingering wt in a good range of colors, but it is not, IMHO, a good sock yarn. Doesn't wear very well. Oh well, such is a knitter's life I guess.