I actually like DPNs there is something comforting about it to me.
I do the magic loop (I figured this out halfway by myself due to need once!) but I just get this strange comforting satisfaction out of doing the DPNs sometimes
I'm an Rav addict. Same name there too. I seem to only lurk on MDC these days, but I'm on Rav all the time.
I even found someone on there from MDC before I realized there was an MDC group. Her ravatar was her wearing her baby
My partner and I both detested the stuff as well. It does make mine look longer but is a pain to put on. The tubes are weird. (They slide off your eyelash in one piece) I do have to admit I like that it doesn't smudge like other products...
I've been making Fetching (by knitty.com) with bamboo/silk yarn and it is a bit tricky. I've dropped stitches many times and it is frustrating.
I also found it stretched after a few weeks and so I'm making them in smaller sizes to...
I used to hate it but have gotten used to it. It is a pain and I read somewhere that it is normal that purling is slower. I think with experience you will just become acustomed to it.
Good luck and keep trying!