Melissa Leapman's Cables Untangled book has been one of my favorite knitting book purchases this year. Her book was a breakthrough for me in understanding cable charts; where cables are concerned, they make much more sense in charted rather than written form (or perhaps I'm evolving as a knitter?) There are some excellent tips and hints in the first section of the book and the last section is a cable stitch dictionary arranged by ribbed, panels and allover cable patterns. I chose the "Allover 9" for the cabled swatch above and used Paton's Classic Wool in the "Aran" shade.
I have no plans based on the swatch -- it's just one of my favorites from the book. I also wanted to work on a small project to see if my left shoulder, arm and wrist would give me any trouble. When I'm knitting cables, I tend to take less breaks and I use smaller and tighter movements. Knitting shouldn't hurt, right?