I picked up a groovy new tip when making Mr. Bee's Maple Socks. (I turned the heel and picked up the gusset on the first one tonight so pictures will come soon I swear-maybe even on the lovely Mr. Bee's muscular calf!) When casting on socks or mittens or anything where you want a loose cast on, hold two needles together and cast the stitches over both. Once you have cast all of them on, remove one needle. Wa-la! Perfectly loose cast on stitches all the same size to divide as you see fit! What? You already knew that? Well why didn't someone tell me? Come on! Must I learn everything on the streets?