Thanks for your knitting comments! I'm over halfway through my darling bathroom mat, and I think it's working ok!
I totally googled the hell outta cable instructions and found these links particularly helpful!
So YAY! I'm going to bed now and draping my mat over my lap like a granny and knitting my cables! It's seriously easier that I thought, and I'm using a chopstick as my cable thingie! Please don't think I'm crazy if you don't know anything about knitting!
My parents arrive tomorrow and as I have an abundance of strawberries (left over from my Ladies Lunch clothes swap) I'm considering making this dish for dessert!