There is A WHOLE WORLD of provisional casting on out there!
One lot with a crochet hook (which would be less complicated, for me) and another with just a knitting needle, which looks much worse than learning to long-tail CO.
To think of my ignorance makes me blush.
But then I figure that it was simply a matter of lack of experience; and though I'll be 70 in July, it's never too late to be inexperienced!
Yer a hero, GG, and that's a fact.