I like to be surprised...and I guess I get so obsessed with knitting projects that it's only occasionally I stumble upon the fact that there's another way to do things.
Today I'm totally surprised at how awful my cast on USED to be. Here's a sample: (Click on it for enlarged picture.)
Such is the case with the "Estonian Cast-on". It's beautiful and stretchy. (Think SOCKS!)
I happened to see it in my Knitting Daily email, and now I use it all the time almost all the time! It's a bit more complicated, since I have to look it up to make sure I'm doing it correctly, but when I do----- It's gorgeous!
I learned from the best: Nancy Bush.
Then in March, I found a pattern for "cuffs" and it started with Liidia's Braid Cast-On. It blew me away!
Who knew that after 50 years of casting on in exactly the same way, there would be such a radical shift in the universe! (By the way: Have you seen the Stephen Hawking programs about time travel and aliens? I'm still blinking my eyes with amazement.)