I've found the secret to successful short-row heels.
1. Good light.
2. Total quiet.
3. One full hour without interruption.
That's what I had this morning, and managed to get through a short-row heel without having to rip back and start over a couple of times. I even woke up early to get started on it (it's going to be a busy day). Maybe short-rows aren't so bad after all. I think that I like the fit and feel of them better than the flap heels, but that might be due to the fact that commercial socks are built with short-rows and so we are more accustomed to them.
Only nine inches to go, and I get to do it all over again!