My first introduction to short rows was the Fiber Trends "Huggable Hedgehog." I fell in love with the little guy at a fiber festival display table. I had to have it. Small problem: pretty much the entire thing is made up of short rows. But I loved him so much that I took a deep breath and launched right in.
You know what? It wasn't so scary after all. As is almost always the case, in my experience!