So yup. They were twisted stitches. Thanks to all who helped me see the err of my ways and discuss counter vs. clockwise wrappings on knits and purls. What I did was reverse my wraps on both my knits and purls. I still knit thru the back loop though. I'm not changing that habit. I think it's working as you can see in this blurry picture:
Moving on, yesterday afternoon Chunky and I went to a Half Price Books that Penny Karma mentioned to me. I visited one when I was on my interview, but she suggested one that's pretty close to where we live. I scored these two books for a mere $11:
I love the Knitting Languages book--it gives translations of knitting lingo from Danish, Icelandic, Italian, French, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Japanese and British to English. My favorite "British" to "English" translation has got to be: "Make One" in British means "Increase" in English. You don't say!!!
My roving also came in the mail today from The Yarn Tree:
4 ozs. of Alpaca/Blue Face Leicester. We'll see how bad I suck with the old drop spindle. I figure I need to try it at least another time before I give up on it completely.
Finally, I've got a new blog to stalk! I entered sassenach's "Bust My Stash" blog contest and was a runner up! Click on over--she even made a video of her pulling the winning names. If only I had a computer that could run non-dialup, I'd watch it myself!