I think the problem is not with iterators as such, as much as with the fact that the scope and workings of this particular iterator are so non-obvious. In other words, it's the "magic" the bites here, IMO, not the iterator. I posted a hash iterator class some months ago that lets one create multiple simultaneous lexically-scoped iterators on any hash, but somehow it feels like overkill for most situations. Maybe this is a facility that should be built-in.
the lowliest monk