I got out one of my favorite simple patterns, for a toe up, Moon's Holler Stock Sock, here and found some nice celadon green cashmere yarn. Harvested from a sweater from the thriftie, unraveled. Several people have receive scarves from this lot, very welcome.
I used to uncrimp the yarn, wetting, etc., and getting the fibers straight before I knitted. Then I found that in knitting, it uncrimps anyway, and you can't tell the difference. So now I just knit it as is.
This pattern is fun, because the short rowed toe sort of happens, and you find yourself with a completed toe cap. Very comfortable to wear, too, no stitching across your toes. Notice the nice stitch markers and their fancy case, gift of a Raveler.
So of course, Blondie Firstborn, the hat fancier, instantly recognized this as a possible Dolliver hat, and decided to try her hand at the dpns.
You can use short circulars if that's your religion. I can't abide circulars, too much like knitting on a treadmill for me. I like the pause at the end of the straight needle, the reorganizing of the yarn, very leisurely sort of approach.
And you get to do it several times per row if you use dpns. I like to use four, a triangle of work and a working needle, if the pattern allows it. Some people like five, working around a square.
I didn't like to mention that the Dollivers' heads are way bigger than this toecap, but if she's willing to help, that's fine.