I have finally figured out how to use DPNs. I think it only took me 4-5 years, 10-15 books, personal instruction. Ok--to be truthful, I can only seem to make it work if I have 3 needles in a triangle shape, but it has opened up a whole new world for me.
I have made 2 hats so far, and will probably make many more. I like one skein projects best. I like to finish things. I'm a project knitter for sure.