Lesley, for long tail cast ons I've heard the rule of thumb that you should leave three times the width of what you are knitting. Try that and let me know if it works!
1. have your working yarn IN FRONT of your knitting
2. Put your RHN (right hand needle) through the 1st stitch on the LHN from right to left, coming out IN FRONT OF your work.
3. Wrap yarn counterclockwise around your right needle, pull it through, and pull the stitch off your LHN.
if it helps to actually see someone do it! If the bumps are coming out on the back and not the front, then you're actually knitting, instead of purling!
Hope that helps some at least!
For your scarf, you could easily knit it longways instead of sideways. Try maybe 12 stitches? You'll know it's time to finish when the yarn you have left is only 4 times the width of the scarf. That's enough to make sure that you can cast off! With needles that size, I'm guessing that's pretty chunky yarn! Isn't Tangled Skeins just sweet? I can't remember the woman's name though--was it Cheryl?
The problem with meeting in Dartmouth for me is that I have to be at work by 1pm. And I can't go straight to work, cause I can't park here, so I have to walk in! So it would be easier for me to keep meeting somewhere near to home or work. Having said that, end of September I'm back to work at Tantallon, which means I would have to drive to work, so could just take the car to Dartmouth and go straight to work in it from there. So could we stay at my place til end of September? That would be awesome for me anyway!
Ball winders--Tamara, ask her to wind your yarn for you next time you go into the yarn store. Then you can see the thing in operation. It's AWESOME!!