I'll admit that up to now I've always had trouble "'reading" stitches, being able to look at the stitches on the needles and tell the knits from the purls. It's easy in the actual worked part, but what was on the needles eluded me. Until now.
I was knitting on the scarf and got a phone call in the middle of a row. I set it aside and took the call. When I picked it back up I was like "where was I?" Before I would have just counted the stitches to figure it out but this time I looked at the stitches and saw that the next two stitches were knit stitches, followed by two purl stitches, and I knew exactly where I left off in the pattern.
That little light bulb went off and I realized that somewhere along the way I learned how to read the stitches and tell the knits from the purls on the needles.
It's very handy to be able to tell them apart as it makes it a whole lot easier if you lose track of where you are in the pattern.
Ok, so I'm slow, but I finally 'get it'.