I have always loved cabled sweaters. One reason I wanted to learn how to knit was so I could make myself a big, fat cabled sweater. Although once I started knitting, cables looked very scary to me. I was lucky I could keep my knitting in a nice consistent row without going and intentionally bending it all over the place. Everyone always told me that cables were "easy", but I was not convinced. I decided that I am now at a point in my knitting life where I should at least give cables a try. I figured the best thing to do would be to cut my teeth on something smaller than a sweater, so if I give up I won't feel so bad about buying $100 worth of yarn that will sit and jeer at me and my failure. I found the perfect cabled scarf in a knitting book I purchased at Barnes and Nobles for $5. And you know what....THEY ARE EASY! Until you drop a stitch. Do. Not. Drop. A. Stitch. I know that now. Cables are not really made for Metro knitting (the only place to put the cable needle is my mouth...not attractive), but they are definitely not as bad as I made them out to be.
My cable ambitions will hopefully lead me to this sweater...one that I really, really want to make. At least before I get to an age where people will look at me and say "geez, who is she trying to fool wearing that hip looking sweater." But hopefully they will also say "DAMN those cables look tight!"