Last week, I bought some lovely sock wool and I bought myself the appropriate sized dpns. I even got a small circular needle thinking that would take the fear out of the project.
Yesterday, I cast on the needed number of stitches and the circular needle just didn't feel right, so out come the dpns. I divided the stitches onto three needles and used the fourth for knitting. Oh wow, this wasn't as bad as I had anticipated. In fact, I'll go as far as to say I enjoyed it. I can't believe I waited to try it for so long.
So a lesson learned, never let fear stop you from trying, sometimes your imagination is a lot worse than the reality. If you haven't tried it yet, give it a go.