So I picked up the gray, wool heap from the floor, gave it a little hug and went back to work on it. See, I've started a sleeve!
Really, I had to do it. One can only look at dark brown seed stitch for so long before they start going cross-eyed. :)
And this was in the mail when I got home:
Brand new set of 32" KnitPicks cables. The ones that came in my set, would not sit in the needle tips properly, so I called the friendly folks at KP, and they cheerfully rushed out a replacement.
See, they work!