This is my first post to this site and I have to start by saying how much I appreciate all of the help and especially the videos. I was so pleased by this free service that I made my husband watch some of the videos because I was just so impressed. Thank you for all of this help.
Now, on to my rookie-esque question: Is there a clever way to determine how much yarn to initially use when you are doing a long-tail cast-on? I either use too much yarn and have this REALLY long amount of unused yarn or (even worse), I don’t pull off enough yarn and have to pull out all of the cast-on and start over. I HATE taking anything out! I’m sure all of this is different depending upon the weight of the yarn and needle size, but I just wondered if there was some rule of thumb about this.
P.S. Here’s a REAL rookie question - how do I use those cute little emoticons on this site?