I feel your pain. This is one very good reason why I don't use variegated yarn on it's own for any project (unless it's socks). Even when I do use it for socks, I still get one sock that looks great, nice color patterning. The other, the colors pool and looks like camo yarn
Not that I have anything against camo yarn... just that I wasn't going for that particular look
megziewoodles's suggestion is a good one though.