Jaffrey, the third project I've knit from the The LOFT Collection, is pretty cable intense. There were several points in the beginning where I was about to give up, doubting I could bring myself to complete the daunting number of cables still ahead of me. The slowest rounds took me 20 minutes to complete. But I decided to take it as a challenge. I figured that, with enough practice, cables will eventually feel as everyday as stockinette stitch. Having been a knitter for so many years, I feel it's time to step out of my comfort zone every once in a while.
I really like the Plume colorway of LOFT. One skein of it was enough for both this tam version of the the hat and the dominant color in the Carlisle mittens. While it's a thin yarn, the all-over cable pattern gives a uniform structure to the hat. Despite being a relatively fragile yarn, it didn't break once during some pretty tight cable knitting, which there was a lot of. I'm still a fan.