I've always cabled with a cable needle. I know many people prefer to do without, but I pop mine behind my ear and never loose it, so to me it is the simplest thing to do. On Teakwood Cocoon there are two cable crossings every eight really long rows. It just didn't seem worth bothering with a cable needle. So now I can cable without one. I was glad to use the technique for this project, but I still find it more fiddly than using a cable needle. Still the more arrows in my quiver and all that.
In other, partially related news, this top grew really, really fast. Which is really good, because, due to my failure to read the instructions I've done the decreases one stitch in on the left shoulder, rather than the two the pattern required. You can see in the picture below, the correct decreasing in below and the wrong one is above.
This might not sound like much, but that seam runs on top of the should and is one of the features of this garment, and they look very different, so I'm going to rip and reknit. I didn't even have to debate it this time. I think I'm becoming the kind of knitter who would rather knit something again and have it perfect than finish something that is just ok.