I have a confession to make: I don't enjoy cables.
I keep designing things with cables, I keep knitting them, I keep adding them to my queue... but I honestly do not really enjoy knitting them. I don't like fiddling with a cable needle, I don't like having to remember which way the twists go, when I tried cabling without a cable needle, I didn't like letting the stitches drop off the needle. I don't like reordering stitches and I don't like how cables make it hard to count rows. I'm a tight knitter, and cables are darn fiddly. Working a cable also interrupts the flow of knitting.
Yet... I love cables. I love the way they look, the possibilities of ropy braids, of intricate twists and turns, of pleated fabric and of lovely, distinct lines on a purl-bump plain. They're gorgeous. I keep designing cables. And I wish I could stop. Arg!
The more I work with cables, though, the easier it gets. Working twisted stitches (single-stitch cables) is quite simple without a cable needle, and keeping a short hairstick on hand (or behind the ear) makes larger cables less of a pain. The design possibilities of cables are so alluring, so I won't be quitting cables anytime soon.