I have no DPNs in my meager collection of knitting needles. I do, however, have colored pencils.
I sharpened both ends of four colored pencils and found some yarn in my stash of hand spun yarn, and cast on.
I've used DPNs, or rather DPPs, before, but it didn't work very well. But I wanted to try again because most hat patterns are knit in the round, and I'd like to knit hats. So, for practice, I decided to knit a hat for one of my many stuffed animals.
It was successful. I tried to do some ribbing a couple of times, and failed, but it all worked out okay.
My mother thinks that the model, a monkey by the name of Jay-Jay (named, of course, for the Silky Sifaka Lemur in Artemis Fowl), looks like a duck. I disagree entirely. Please feel entirely welcome to post your own opinion of Jay-Jay's similarity to a duck.