Yah, these huge cables are waaaay tough on the hands. Started it last year, put it down even tho' I'm almost done with mine - it's all in storage right now as I just moved. I'll get full action shots once it's done.
Yarn: Moda Dea's Tweedle Dea, bulky, acrylic/wool blend
Needles: US 15
I think I went up a few sizes in the needles, to get a much more pliable fabric - and to actually be able to do the dang cables. This turned it into a wrap, which I'm cool with.
I think this would be amazing in a mohair on really big needles - airy, you know? And way easier in the cabling department.