I am so glad that this 'problem' was mentioned in this thread because I am a new knitter and each and every time I would start a new project I would always end up with extra stitches, or less stitches than I had started with. Now, I admit that I get VERY excited when I get the hang of a new technique and I try to go faster than I should. It gets difficult for my hands to go slower than my brain.
I guess now, I will SLOW DOWN so I don't have to keep starting, stopping and unraveling my work. Wish me luck!