Here's my favourite. I was about two-thirds of the way through the second sock, so nearly done. I had just picked up a bunch of stitches along the side of the heel flap, and then I started to work across the instep, keeping in pattern with those columns of lace. I had to fudge a couple of stiches to get two unbroken columns of lace running down the length of the instep. In other words, I had to fudge the pattern to get Sock 2 to look like Sock 1. I thought this was odd & didn't remember having to fudge it the first time round. I returned to Sock 1 and closely inspected its midsection. Here's what I found:
The yellow circle indicates where those two vertical columns of lace simply break contact. They are out by two whole stitches. I know exactly how this happened. Making these socks on two circular needles, by this stage in the knitting, the sock was arranged on the needles so I was looking at it side on. If you've ever knit a sock on two circs, you'll know that the gusset is the part of the game where you are looking at your sock in profile. And guess what - from that angle, the lace looks fine. It is only when examined front on that it suddenly becomes glaringly obvious.
After I discovered that, I took my foot off the brake. Rather than the careful knitting I do when it's posh yarn or gift knitting, I just ripped through the rest of the pattern at speed. I made mistakes with abandon. I fudged the lace and didn't tink. I still learned a whole lot about lace, and today I became the proud owner of a pair of finished socks. Ends sewn in, and everything. Who cares about the details when you have lurid blue knee-highs?