do you slip in the front or back
For me (at least) it does make a difference. The stitch "legs" remain the same when I slip a stitch purlwise; however, when I slip a stitch knitwise the stitch twist making it tighter.
Judge: Madame, either you will have to cease knitting or I will have to cease judging. Which shall it be?
Miss Marple: It helps me to concentrate, milord.
Judge: It does not help me, madame.
Miss Marple: Oh. Very well. (puts away knitting)
Judge: Thank you, Madame.
The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne.
~ Geoffrey Chaucer - The Parliament of Fowls Line 1.