I just started knitting in November and I am trying to make each project more complex so I add a new knitting skill each project. Like the beginner of this thread, this will be my first cabling project.
I am currently finishing my first 2 color scarf from Denise Bliss' Teach Yourself to Knit (I substituted the yarn colors to learn how to join yarn and I found out half way into it that the best way to keep a scarf pretty on both sides is to do the Russian Join Technique - using acrylic yarn). I just need to add fringe and finish a matching ear warmer knitted flat (started ear warmer last night). Then my Dad asked for a scarf. Planning a beautiful lavendar version (Dad's fave color) of the Irish Hiking Scarf. I'll be in the stores this week selecting yarn and buying my cable needle!
Good luck fellow newbies.
Be careful, knitting is like a drug!