CO 64 stitches - Check
K 6 rows rev st st - Check
Work set up row to establish base of cables - Fine
Work row 2 right to left rather than left to right - Rip back row
Highlight even numbered rows on left side of chart as reminder to work left to right - Check
Try again to work second row of pattern - Okay
Work row 3 - find 2 stitches magically missing in section between cables. Decide to cheat, adding two stitches mid row - Not ideal but acceptable.
Begin row 4 at right side of chart, catch stupid error - rip back. Restart from left side - finish row - check work - develop stomach pain upon noting that base of cables strongly resemble knotted shoelaces surrounded with gaping holes.
Tear out needles, rip back to first six rows of rev st st
Reinsert needles, throw the whole works into basket, stomp off to bed to get a good start at another night of endless coughing and blowing of nose.
In times of cold induced wakefulness during night practice positive imaging - visualize being a knitter who is sufficiently competent to start a project without making a dozen breathtakingly stupid errors before gaining a foothold on a project. That would really be something new!