I'm another advocate of Jenny's Surprisingly Stretchy bind off. What most new knitters don't know is that you need a stretchy bind off or cast on for things like socks, hats, mittens, and gloves. I made a beautiful pair of mittens for a little girl. Even casting on loosely with a long tail cast on, they wouldn't stretch enough to get them over her hands. The cast on I like is the German Twisted cast on. You'll find videos of it in KH's cast on videos listed in the free videos section at the top of this page.
Welsh corgis are cool.