I should know better. In fact, I've patted myself on the back for knowing better. But then I succumbed to the temptation to make a knitted gift at the last minute.
About a week ago (not quite the last minute, but close), I found a wonderful pattern for a hat (Piggle from the latest issue of Knitty). I picked out the most wonderful purple yarn (Dalegarn) and started knitting. It was a lace pattern, which was new to me (despite having knit for 30 years!). Finally got the whole thing finished, and it was just adorable.
And it's too small.
It's supposed to be one size fits all, but it's not going to fit. Was it my gauge? I didn't do a test swatch (bad Tracy!), so that's the likely reason. And I know I don't have the time, patience, or fortitude to do it again in time for Christmas.
So, looks like I'll be stretching out Christmas into the new year.