A few things that didn’t make it into the FO post:
When grafting stitches (especially such large amounts of stitches) I usually try to graft them very loosely and sloppily, and then go back and tighten/neaten everything up. I know most people find kitchener stitch to be annoying or difficult or obnoxious, but I find it incredibly soothing. There’s a wonderful rhythm to it—knit-off purl, purl-off knit. Knit-off purl, purl-off knit. Of course, sometimes I get a little too into the rhythm… and mess it up.
And when I discover this after I’ve already finished all the actual grafting, at the neaten up phase? I may be pretty finicky about some mistakes (I laddered down 13 rows on this thing to fix a stitch that was accidentally purled), but not that much. It’s stayin’. We’ll call it a signature.
(Caturday will make a weekday appearance this week; we have new foster kittens but they’re too shy to say hello right now.)