I'll admit that sometimes some part of my brain simply takes a vacation, which can result in all kinds of interesting challenges.
Take the clogs. They are fairly easy, straightforward with just a few rows that you really have to pay attention to, right? Well, after starting them over THREE times, I realized I skipped over the very first instruction to use the sole/cuff color. Ribbit, Ribbit. Fourth time, correct color, I realized I messed up in row two many stitches ago on the M1 by knitting into it regularly instead of through the back loop. Tried tinking, but messed that up, too. RIIIP! Well, I guess I've paid enough dues because on the FIFTH time starting over, I got through row 2 ok, then on row 4 ended up with the right number of total stitches, but had 3 more on the left needle by the time I should have gotten to the end of the row. It's a mistake that STAYS!