ha ha, i am such a dork. that should have been obvious. thank you for pointing it out.
this is the second slipper pattern i've tried knitting this week. i tried the baba's papuchi slippers from spinderella's, and i just couldn't make it make sense. i don't know if that was me or the pattern, but the closer i got to completing the first one, the less clear it became how it could actually be completed with the given instructions. the lenore's slippers are a similar style, but seemed to be a little more thoroughly written out for someone not as experienced. i haven't started knitting them yet, as i didn't want to spend more hours of knitting on a pattern that didn't make sense from the get go. hopefully, all will become clear as i work through the pattern. (and hopefully i won't overlook the blatantly obvious again).
thank you again for the help