… And all the needles did click;
Cables, cables, every where,
Nor any neck did crick.
Okay, a brief – and admittedly weak! – takeoff from Coleridge. My father insisted that, as children, all our goodnight stories be classics. I still remember Coleridge’s “Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner.” Two other of my father’s favorite authors for us were Charles Dickens and Edgar Allen Poe. Try going to sleep with visions of Oliver Twist or The Tell Tale Heart dancing in your head! (No sugar plums for us!) Needless to say, I had nightmares regularly, so I frequently would be up late knitting.
I do not read Coleridge, Poe and Dickens at night, but a soothing activity for me remains knitting. As you can see, I’ve made great strides with Thor’s vest. Here’s a picture of the cabling on the front and back pieces. I had so much fun with the cabling and am so glad I opted to do it on both front and back sides.
Oh, I’ve also put two types of cable needles in the picture. The one on the left is the “hook” style. If you use that one, take away the stitches using the short end and knit them off on the long end. The other I call “the bent-in-the-middle” kind (is there a proper name?!), and it doesn’t matter which end of the needle you use to pick up the cable stitches.
I am now a proponent of the hook cable needle. I first tried that kind many years ago but didn’t find it to my liking. I like it now! As all knitters know, it’s merely a matter of personal choice. There’s no “correct” cable needle!