© Laura Oriana Konstin
I bought myself a present a couple of weeks ago that came in the form of the new Norah Gaughan's Knitted Cable Sourcebook. I’m not going to say much about the book because I will be dedicating an entire blog post to it at a later date. I will say, that if you haven’t purchased this book yet pause from reading this post and go purchase it now. Norah’s talent is undeniable and I’m beyond ecstatic that she was ever so kind to create a wonderful book for the knitting community.
My fascination with cables started three years ago. I was headed to Ireland for an ultimate road trip with one of my friends. Before I left, my mom requested that I return with a sweater. At the time I didn’t realize how impossible my mom’s request was. We looked everywhere for a sweater. Every town we stopped in, I would ask around to see where I could purchase one. We were two days away from leaving Ireland to make our way to Northern Ireland, and I was empty handed. I hopped on the internet and started my online search for where to find a handmade sweater in Ireland. I magically landed on a forum that spoke about this lady named Sarah who was located on Inis Mór (part of the Aran Islands). Apparently, luck was on my side because it just so happens we were headed there the next day.
When we arrived on Inis Mór, we located a horse and buggy to take us to Dún Aonghasa (a must-see fort). Our driver mainly spoke Irish (Gaelic) so I started to fear I wouldn’t be able to find the sweater I was on the hunt for. After playing a hilarious game of charades I turned to my friend and said, “We are never going to find Sarah”. Apparently, I said the magic word because the moment I said “Sarah”, he knew what I was looking for. It just so happens that Sarah is located right where one would get dropped off when going to see Dún Aonghasa.
I was beaming with joy that I was finally going to find a sweater for my mom. I hadn’t anticipated the greatness of Sarah’s talent. We walked into her quaint shop and started chatting with her. I eventually told her of my journey that led me to her. I finally mentioned I was looking for a sweater for my mom and she pulled out this beautiful moss green pullover with magical cables. I about lost it when I saw the sweater. It was the first time I had seen a sweater with so many styles of cables perfectly blended together. It was at this moment that my obsession for cables started.
I love how the simplest of projects can be transformed by the addition of a cable flowing down a sleeve of a top, like the T-Shawl. Then there are the sweaters that have a multitude of chunky cables that look modern and chic. Whenever I see cables in a pattern, I want to wrap myself up in them. There is something instantly cozy and comforting about a cable sweater. There is a little secret about cables that I’m going to share with everyone. They are deceivingly easy to create. Don’t be fooled like me. For the longest time, I thought that knitting something with cables would be too difficult to accomplish. I mean they always look so intricate, how could they be easy to knit? Well, the secret is out, they are much easier to knit than I had ever anticipated. If you are a cable newbie, A Very Braidy Cowl is the perfect starting place.
Here is a list of some fun and enticing cable patterns: