Gets me every time

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Every time I get a variegated yarn, I think I can do wonders with it. Yet, every time, I realize the yarn wants to do what it wants and I have to go with it.
The yarn in question is Spun Right Round Classic Sock in Vacation Holiday.
I can do stockinette stitch, but I want more. Garter breaks up the colors and gives some pattern & texture, but there's got to be more, right? I learned a long time ago to not even try dense lace patterns that would be best suited for solid & semisolid colors.
Can I get a cable and a break, though?