thanks for the support Victoise!
i'm not sure if i point my needle downward...must check that.
what was happening was when i was trying to slide the tip of the right needle through the center of the stitch on the left needle, i was fudging it all up. i think my stitches were too tight first of all. second, it seemed i was creating a double stitch when i pulled the new stitch onto the right needle. does that make sense? it just didnt look right.
i'll get it.
my boss is leaving for a dentist appt in 10 minutes, and i just happen to have my knitting tote under my desk.