This month's challenge will be...
I personally love cables. I think they're fun to execute, and they look so complicated, but most of them aren't! You can put them on anything, sweaters, socks, afghans, hats, scarves, etc. I'm going to post some links to cable tutorials and cabled sweaters and scarves.
I'm going to be working on Elizabeth Zimmermann's Hand to Hand Aran
, a design that knits the arms and chest, and then has you pick up stitches and knit down for the body, so it should go very fast. All my other projects'll be on hold until then.
But, remember - If you're designing your own sweater/afghan/etc, remember to add extra stitches, as the cables draw in the fabric. The more the stitches, the more they draw in. I also recommend trying both cabling without a cable needle and cabling with
a cable needle, then seeing which one you like best and which is more comfortable for you to do. I just find cabling without one more comfortable for me. Do what you like.
Okay, here are the links, as promised
Cables without a cable needle - http://www.grumperina.com/cables.htm
Amy has a video here on Cables with
a Cable needle.
Here are some links to Cabled Projects, you can, of course, find others at Knitting Pattern Central
Irish Hiking Scarf - http://www.helloyarn.com/irishhikingcarf.htm
Besotted Scarf - http://www.helloyarn.com/besottedcarf.htm
Berroco's Poonam -http://www.berroco.com/exclusives/poonam/poonam.html
Anniversary Sweater - http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall02/PATTanniversary.html
*Edit - Look here for Amy's new Cables without a Cable Needle video* (scroll down for video)