Oh, cables. I love you so.
It seems that virtually every design I’ve been working on lately is just packet to the brim with cables. Big cables, little cables, simple cables, compound cables. Cables going down sleeves, cables running up the fronts of sweaters. Wide cables, narrow cables, and ones in-between.I’ve made cables with extra-fine sock yarn, and massively bulky yarn. In soft cashmere and utilitarian wool.Cables occupy that perfect space in-between cozy/casual and fancy/embellished. They’re sporty, yet warm. Comfy, but classy. They can be dressed up or dressed down (or, if it’s possible) dressed side to side.I don’t just love the finished products, either. There’s nothing more satisfying than breaking out my cable needle and carefully forming an intricate twist. (Even when I mess up, it’s OK. Figuring out how the cable goes back together is half the fun!)Do you have a particular favorite technique? Or, do you agree with me that cables are the best?
The following is a love letter to my favorite cable needle. (Yes, I know I’m weird. I’ll blame it on the fact I haven’t had my coffee yet.)
Dearest Cable Needle,
It feels like we’ve been together forever. Could it be true, that I bought you in college, more than ten years ago?
You were one of a pack of three, but I knew you were special from the first. The smallest of your siblings disappeared in minutes. And the largest has been lost somewhere in my house (or possibly the car… or maybe somewhere out in the yard). But you’ve stayed true, faithfully at my side (and in my knitting bag) for years.
You are such a simple little tool, just a under 4 inches long without any bells or whistles. But therein lies your beauty. Lovely blonde birchwood, tapered to rounded points, with a narrow waist to hold my stitches safely out of the way. Perfection
You’ve been smoothed by years of use to a lovely satiny patina that slips into stitches with ease. And, you’re beautiful enough to be used as a shawl pin.I love you, Cable Needle. And if I ever lose you, I’ll be very, very sad.
PS. Do you want your own Perfect Cable Needle? I really can’t recommend them enough. Look online at the Brittany website for stores in your area. (They make really excellent dpns, too.)