Uh...try doing it with a dog leash. :oops: At the large off-leash dog park, once Mr. Dog is off his leash, I loop it around my neck. If I've been so lucky as to get a curb-side parking spot, I don't need to leash him up again to get into the car. So, one day, I got him into the car, got it into the car, drove to a local store, and...while at the checkstand, realized I had the leash STILL around my neck. :doh:
I think knitting needles would be much more chic, no?
Anyway, as to misbehaving cables: I had a fixed-cable pair that did this right off the bat. I brought a pan of water almost to the boil, turned off the flame, and held both needles as I carefully draped the cable into the water and held it there for maybe 30 seconds. Then I brought it out of the water and held the needles apart the full length of the cable (i.e., cable was straight) until it cooled off--maybe another minute?
It behaved very well after that!