Having finally finished the first tabi, I can now offer an opinion on binding off. I pulled out my copy of "Knitting Without Tears" and took a look at the options offered therein; I already knew the regular knitted bind-off wasn't going to work for me, so I looked at the sewn bind-off. At first glance it seemed a little intimidating, but once I did the first couple stitches it got easier and easier. EZ mentions something about rolling, but I didn't notice that it rolled at all. And, to make things even better, it has a good bit of give; definitely more give than a regular bind-off, I think, so I might stick with it unless other patterns call for a specific method. It's possible, though, that the long tail needed to do it might get tangled up. That's the only drawback I can think of, especially since it doesn't happen if you're doing a knitted bind-off with live yarn coming from a ball rather than a cut tail.
I wouldn't say this is a problem, per se, but what happens when you get to the end of the round? Since knitting in the round is essentially a continuous spiral where the end is slightly higher than the beginning, how do you finish when you get to the end of the round? This doesn't seem to be addressed in any of the books I've read. It's not the hiccup that bothers me--nor does it bother me when I'm doing Fair Isle-type work which definitely does have a hiccup indicating the end of the round--but the little gap, sure does. I'm not sure I handled it the right way, but I poked the needle through the stitch that would have been the beginning of the next round if I'd continued knitting, then started weaving in the ends without tying a knot. The weaving in of the long tail ended up taking about ten minutes because I wanted to make absolutely sure it wasn't going to come undone even without a knot.
The other thing I had to do was go up a needle size and use heavier yarn. I just can't seem to get six stitches per inch using fingering weight yarn and size 2 needles. Argh! But it's fine. I like sport weight yarn. I just wish I'd bought more than one color when I was in Minnesota! The idea of socks with contrasting heels and toes is just more appealing somehow. :p