Once a woman made a beautiful sweater which she tried to publish in an online knitting magazine. But, alas, it wasn't right for their market. Then she submitted it to a well-regarded print magazine, but they did not want to publish the design either. Undaunted, the woman said, "I'll just publish it myself," and she did.
After a few weeks she decided that it would pretty easy to make a hat using the same design elements and yarn. And in fact, it ought to have been a very easy project. But it was not. She set to work right away and made a hat. It looked nice, but it was too small. In fact, it would have fit a toddler. No problem, she thought. I'll make a bigger one. And she did! But it was too big! And when she gave it a light wash to block, it grew even bigger! The hat fell down over her eyes and did not look stylish at all! This hat would fit someone with a giant head and big hair. Despairing of ever getting it right, the knitter made some other things for a while. She made two other hats in a completely different style. She worked on a new sweater design. But the hat project needed to be done. "This time," she said to herself, "it will be just right. And it was!