I've figured it out.
Every time I knit a piar of Fetching, I forget to change the direction of the cables on the second glove. This most recent pair, I even left a note for myself on the pattern.
Nope: C4F, both times.
As we know, knitting in the round is in fact a spiral affair. Adding cables just adds mini-spirals to the larger spiral.
And what do spirals upon spirals produce?
That's right: hypnoses! I'm simply not in control.
(That's my story and I'm sticking to it.)
pattern: Fetching, by Cheryl Niamath, from Knitty Summer '06 (free at www.knitty.com/issuesummer06/PATTfetching.html)
yarn: Knitpicks Swish Superwash (100% superwas merino wool, bordeaux)
needles: size 7 dpn
made for: my boss
notes: I cast on 35 instead of the prescribed 45, and they fit perfectly. Don't ask me, I just know they fit perfectly.