Busting booty trying to finish a hat in 3 hours, and realize as the decreases aren't working out that I cast on the wrong number of stitches and didn't realize it! That's what I get for being cocky about a pattern I've done a million times. I frogged it back to before the decreases, and through some creative decreases, got it back to a number that was divisible by 4 and the needles all had even numbers of stitches on them. Phooey! I'm joing to just play with the design and do something out of my head for the decreases... should be fun. See, I'm human too.
I found out that I have been making my purl stitches incorrectly. My knit stitches are correct, but it seems I have been wrapping my yarn around the needle clockwise instead of counterclockwise when purling. I guess this is call the "Combined Purl" and results in a twisted knit stitch. Don't know how or why I came about doing my purl stitches this way. I swear that was how the instructions I learned from showed how a purl stitch is done. It seemed very logical and very natural for my hands and fingers to work the yarn this way (I am an English knitter).
Not a HUGE deal though since I really haven't done any flat knitting in AGES!!! Any purl sitches I do in the round are for ribbing and the knit stitch is never seen and I see no noticable difference in the purl bump on the right side of the work. Nor have I noticed any differences in my right or left slanting decreases when working in the round.
I do have several pieces of an unfinished ribbed sweater stashed in the closet, waiting for me to complete the second sleeve and seam everything together. I haven't touched it in at least six months. THese were all done as flat pieces and I guess every other row of knit stitches on the right side of the fabric are twisted. Still, no huge deal since I really do like the look of the sweater and it's such a fine guage I don't think anyone except the pros will notice, and only if they're looking VERY closely at the work. I will have to remember that when I do finish the second sleeve that I continue to do the "Combined purl" so that it matches the rest of the work.