I just finished knitting the most insanely intricate and complex (but in a good way) hat I've ever knit (Mystery KAL 2010 - Pattern A). It's beautiful, a real tribute to my knitting expertise. The yarn was really well paired with the pattern, and my stitches are impeccable, if I do say so myself. Yup, it's a proud, proud moment chez Dear.
Or rather, it would be if it weren't for one slight, small snag: it's so big I could use it as a football helmet cozy.
Before you throw the "Did you knit a swatch?" argument in my face, let me assure you that I DID, in fact, knit a swatch, and found an appropriate needle size to get gauge.
Oh, and to all you "Did you measure your head circumference?" smart alecks out there? Yeah, I did. Twenty-two inches. I've got the largest size head, and this thing STILL droops down to my nose.
Gauge lies. Measuring tapes lie. It's a conspiracy.