Guys, you’ll never guess what just happened!
I started another sock (surprise, surprise) with my usual long tail cast on, but I got the remaining tail the right length ON MY FIRST TRY!!
It’s not a stubby little centimetre threatening to unravel everything if I look at it funny. It’s not so long that I could knit a whole mini sock out of it. I hit the goldilocks spot. Which of course I have to share because it’ll probably never happen again.
But for now I’m just enjoying the feeling of accomplishment.