but i DID knit a gauge swatch
i knit up this simple yet cool 4x1 rib hat for dh using noro kureyon in a brown-grey-black colorway and it was waaaaay to big. so then i tried to reinsert the dpns a la laura's tutorial and deconstruct it from below and just redo the banding... oh, how clever i thought i was... unfortunately no one ever told me that you just end up with a hideously-tangled-and-overpriced-mess if you try that, ya foo! the whole thing ended up in the frog pond, sadly, and i've gotta start all over again. i will bounce back, i promise!