You can still go with long-tail. You can get an approximation of how long a tail to use by wrapping the yarn around your needle 10 times, measure that, and multiply by 20. Then add some extra inches for insurance.
You could also do long tail using two different balls but you'd have a little knot where you joined them.
The knitted cast on or cable cast on also looks nice and doesn't require a tail.
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