Progress on Caora Dubh continues:

Here you can actually see the cables:

And today's goal is to do the shawl collar.  That was yesterday's goal, as well, but it's proving surprisingly elusive.  I have gutted and started the collar over no less than 7 times, stymied by the geometry.  It's not that I haven't got other people's instructions for how to do this, it's that they yeild shapes that completely defy my ability to make clothes from. 

I'm harboring guarded optomism for version 8.0, having unearthed a machine-made cardigan of Phillip's which has the collar I (think) I want.  Seeing the shape I'm supposed to be knitting (different from anything I have found in my books, by the way) is bound to help.  Failing that, I plan to make blood sacrifice to the Knitting Gods.  Wouldn't be the first time, after all.