Remember at the beginning of the month when I talked about making a traditional Aran sweater? And I was intimidated by the traditional pattern and construction methods? Well, this is the year of speaking up sooner if something is not how I want it to be, and the traditional pattern of the intended sweater was not only difficult–it wasn’t cable-y enough.

Here is the traditional pattern:

And for comparison, here’s something with LOTS o’cables:I don’t like knitting projects to be that challenging (or require that much concentration at night), so this is not the winning pattern. Instead, I compromised with this pattern (very popular among knitters) and a different cable.

Here’s the progress so far

and here’s the different cable–it’s called a staghorn cable.

And I think I used “cable” about 5 times in 100 words. Cables!