Yep, it’s only knitting. Starting over is how I practice.
The only way I know to get over the short rows would be to tink or frog (rip it out).
I did discover if I clicked on the picture after clicking on the picture it comes in large and clear (thank you). Without being there to tug on it I can’t tell how many short rows there are, how much of a problem the loop is or if it’s the start of the short rows.
It looks to me like the loop is from the row after the cast on, If it’s from the cast on row it could be as simple as a snagged cast on stitch that the tail allowed to pull out. The friend would definitely have an easier time reading the knitting in person.
Waiting might save you undoing some work but I bet there will be some undoing of stitches.