What's really cool is that I have successfully made a pair of mitts. I learned how to make the thumb gusset which is a really valuable technique for future projects. I have beat my dpns fear! I know I could have used the magic loop method but I am comfortable with that and wanted to get better at using dpns.
...and I don't have to freeze my mitts off on the train when I want to use my iPhone or knit or crochet!