Thank you everyone, for the props!! It will actually be painful to part with him, he's so adorable. I'm starting on my own today
domiknitrix - please don't be intimidated - I'm really only an intermediate knitter (don't knit socks, or lace). See my notes on Ravelry (I'm lovechild) - hopefully they'll help, especially the you-tube video for the lighter circular cast-on. I just saw your hemlock blanket (holy moly!), and you'd have no problem
cranking out as many Elijahs as you desire!