As the old saying goes, you don't know what you don't know.
When I showed my latest knitting project to an expert, Leslie, she gently asked me if I was counting every row.
Counting every row? Nope. Counting any rows? Nope. The English grandmother I watched on that "learn to knit" Internet video clip didn't mention counting.
I now have a new project on the needles, and I'm counting every row. And damn, if it doesn't look like a scarf. And, double damn, if I don't know enough of the jargon to say "new project on the needles."
There are times when you're cooking, or writing, or struggling through calculus, and you know something is wrong -- you just don't know what. My advice? Count on an expert. Find a Leslie.
P.S. My other knitting expert, Vicki, is holding me accountable for having this done by Saturday, for my daughter's birthday. I'll report in later ... but it's looking good! (In more ways than one.)