Well, after two test knitters tried to make my octopus mitten pattern and told me the results were too big, I was worried that my gauge was irreproducibly small. So I reknit the pattern myself on smaller needles.
The good news: The pattern is still awesome!
The bad news: Unless my hands shrink, no amount of blocking is going to make these big enough to fit me. Fortunately I still have my original pair, so I guess these will be a christmas present to whichever of my relatives has the smallest hands.