After my first experience with DPNs a few years back, I've been avoiding them like the plague. But I'm coming around.
My partner works in a cold office, and was looking for some fingerless gloves he could wear to keep warm. He bought a pair of inexpensive knitted gloves and asked me to cut the fingers off. I figured by the time I picked up stitches in each finger to keep them from unraveling, I could just knit something myself. So off to the LYS I go. Found some really nice superwash merino sock yarn that he liked, so picked that up along with some #2 circ needles and DPNs.
A side note: I'm a big guy -- 6'3" on a solid frame. Not quite the size 15 feet from a few posts down -- mine are only size 14. From the tip of my middle finger to the base of my palm, my hand measures a full 8 inches. So the thought of working on #2 needles was already daunting, but one does what one must.
So I cast on and try to join in the round, but it's just not working. There aren't enough stitches to make the 2-circular-needle thing work. With a sigh, I grab the DPNs. After a little inital struggle, I got the hang of it, and knocked off half of a glove in one sitting. I'm really rather enjoying this.
Good thing I picked up some extra of that yarn. I'm thinking I may delay my current sweater project a little more and try socks next. ;)