I love the short row heels. I like the look of them better. I don't need stitch markers, I've just learned to recognize where I am. I don't even count anymore. When I first started I'd keep a little chart next to me and mark off every row I did, but I've learned to tell where I am just by looking now. I can turn a heel in about half an hour to forty minutes. Don't know if that's fast or not (compared to others), but I feel pretty accomplished after turning a heel. It's like a sock knitting miracle.