Then I started to look at my work and I could not believe how utterly crappy it looked. It didn't lack consistency in the tension on the main body of the work, but the slipped stitches on either end were of completely different tensions. With the RS facing me, the right hand side slipped stitches look HUGE. They are very uneven and I can't really tell which stitches I would use to pick up. With the WS facing me, the right hand side stitches are very even and easily counted for picking up. I noticed some funky looking stitches in the body of the work. I suspect I either twisted them or the pattern allows for this oddness (there is row 5 which is different from the rest of the pattern). At any rate, chances are good that it is MY error and not some unique design element. It has been my experience that I don't turn out my best work half asleep, after a chocolate martini, when chatting at a stitch & bitch, or if distracted at all (I'm pretty ADD when knitting).
This just supports my theory that if I had my own knitting studio (complete with sound-proof walls, plenty of storage for the stash, TV/DVD/TiVo/iPod dock to watch/listen/record my craft/knitting shows/podcasts, and time without the children, housework, and noise in general) I could possibly turn out some decent work. Of course, I can't prove said theory as sadly, I have no investors willing to support my scientific/crafting endeavors. (What has happened to this country?)