I know the whole "stitch taller than it is wide" from experience. My first "design" experiment was to make a tea cozy from SnB, but instead of the Magic 8 ball or Coffee, Tea or Me? on the front, I designed my own little pic of a mug of tea with a few steam lines coming off it. No sooner am I finished and feeling quite proud of myself, when DH takes one look at it and says that it looks like a smiley face.
That's all I see know when I look at it. :(