Well I finally figured it out and really wasn't as complicated as I thought. Got rid of my cable needle and now just use the "sticks" and yarn. Certainly is faster to knit this way! The only thing is to be extra careful when doing the cables as you don't want to lose the stitches. So it is off the left hand needle, carefully putting whatever stitches you need on the right hand needle and putting them back on the left hand...and make the cable! Really that simple...although wouldn't want to be doing this in the car riding on bumpy roads, or in crowded subway trains...steady as you go!