I actually bought this particular color for a secret-swapper gift, but from what I understand, the recipient was very pleased. I liked the feel of it so much that I ended up purchasing another skein in a different color at my LYS. I would recommend it.
I bought these needles, because I read somewhere that they would be beneficial for tight knitters, to help ease the tension. I have not been able to use them just yet, so will have to report back when I do.
I am a fan of the cable though. It's incredibly flimsy and loose.
This yarn is so wonderful to knit with, as is most Malabrigo. It's incredibly soft my hands were in heaven and just glorious to look at. I only wish it were a little less than $22 for a 90 yard skein, so that you would be encouraged to buy more for bigger projects.