I got this yarn and pattern from my lovely rubberswapping pal and cast on pretty quickly for it. I ended up ripping back because I ignored a crucial three rows of the chart, but after that things progressed pretty. The pattern is challenging enough that it's not a great choice for knitting and talking, but works well for when you are half-watching a show.
The yarn is a bit scratchy, but a head test determined that it was not bad when worn.
The color is closer to the second picture, but the cables are more visible in the first.
Pattern by Jared Flood
Needles - 8
Yarn - Debbie Bliss Donegal Aran Tweed