A couple of weeks ago, I started knitting on a hat. It's got a provisional cast on, then when you finish the ribbing, you're supposed to undo the cast on, and knit the two ends together, to form a doubled band. Then you go into the pattern.
Halfway through the first pattern repeat, I found I'd made a pretty serious error when joining the two sides of the band. I tried to ignore it, but it would not be ignored. I took the better part of valor, ripped the whole thing out, and started over.
I got the ribbing done, but when I joined the two sides together, somehow I messed up. I ended up with three stitches left over on one of the sides.
"I give up," I said. I ripped it out and cast on a regular hat. I got about two rounds done, and said, "No, dadgum it. I'm not going to let this hat beat me. I'm determined to get this pattern done." I ripped that out and started over a third time. Just a couple more rounds and it will be time again to join the two edges.
You know what they say, the third time is a charm. Or else it's three strikes you're out. Whatever.
I'm not going to attempt it today. I'm too tired. Tomorrow should be better, since they cut out my 5 AM mornings again. We'll see how long that lasts this time.
In the meantime, I knit another pair of girl preemie booties.
The good news is, I found some of my circular needles, so I can make some matching hats.