I'm going to share something immensely embarrassing with you all today. I trust that you all will laugh along with me because it's pretty funny.
I've been knitting in the round the wrong way. For years.
For a little bit of background to build suspense:
My city does not have a yarn store, a fact that I've moaned about several times, and I really want some sort of community with other knitters and crocheters beyond Ravelry. I have been lucky enough to meet the oh so wonderful and inspiring Liz at Carolina Knits (lets take a moment to grumble at her for getting to go to Vogue Knitting Live this weekend). But Liz lives a little too far for weekly knit nights and she is also very busy being superwoman.
I found a few other knitters and crocheters in my area and we are slowly but surely building a knitting group. One of those knitters (a hilarious woman who is always knitting a new pair of gorgeous socks every time I see her) asked me why I was knitting in the round like this:
With my right side on the inside of the circle...Yes, I kid you not.
I was embarrassingly indignant about this fact and suggested that she was the one in the minority, knitting away with the right side out. Then my mind went through one of those "world views crumbling" moments as I realized, that she was right and I was very, very wrong.
I thought back on all those years of having to laboriously turn my socks in progress inside out to show a curious person the stitch pattern and how the sock was constructed. Knitting whole sweaters inside out even. Oh dear.
I just never thought about it, I got so used to seeing knitting that I was blind to the mistake. This is actually a really fascinating neurological phenomenon, like how only 25% people know where the fire extinguisher in their office is located even after working there for years.
Needless to say, I now knit in the round like everyone else:
Turns out my knitting didn't spontaneously burst into flame, in fact...my laddering problem vastly improved!
So that is my hilarious knitting blunder, surely I'm in good company: have you ever made a strange or comical knitting/crochet/spinning error?
Oh and thank you for everyone's helpful suggestions for the sweater pilling problem, I had no idea such tools existed!