>I am always on the look-out for fancy stitches and techniques. Fairy Stitch Sarah of knit1felttoo (on Ravelry) just added a great, beautifully photographed pictorial of the broomstick stitch done with lace ribbon yarn and I found a good video with a demonstration of the Channel Island Cast-On, done by OfTroy. A variety of cast-on methods are found on her video blog. I find it not complicated to follow printed stitch instructions, but a video demonstration or pictorial is so much easier to follow and understand the technique.
Working with Lace Ribbon yarn can be sometimes be a challenge if you are a perfectionist.
Ribbon yarn spins and twists and one will constantly have to counter the twist and keep the yarn straight. If this characteristic bothers you, you will have to add untwisting time to your project schedule!