If you've not yet knit a pair of these you need to drop everything else you're working on and do them. I made a couple modifications to these like adding some repeats to the cuff and after the thumb hole as well. I used worsted Malabrigo on the size 6 needles the pattern calls for. Oh, and I didn't do the cable cast on or the picot bind off. I just worked my usual long tail cast on and did my bind off following the rib pattern as I wasn't crazy with the look of the picots.
Amy - Since I was only using 2 colors for the sweater I chose to carry my contrast color when I worked the reindeer. I probably should have wound 3 bobbins and worked each deer separately from them but I was being lazy. Since there were just the 2 colors to deal with though it was really ok. If you've not knit with more than one color before, you have to be sure to twist your yarn before starting the new color (just bring the new color under the old color) to avoid holes at your color changes. Also, don't carry your yarn more than 3 stitches (I also broke this rule on these sweaters because I was trying to hurry) so you don't have all those long floats. That will keep the inside of your work nice and tidy. :-)
Thanks so much for all the great compliments on the sweaters and Duder. She has grown so much and is still a constant source of entertainment. LOL I'll be sharing more about that later.