Here is one example of what may happen:
Haha! As you can see, everything was going fine, until that last vodka cranberry kicked in. I didn't even notice the blunder until I finished binding off and all I could do was laugh. At least it's only a stash-busting washcloth.
Pattern: Little shells
Needles: 9 straight, I think
Yarn: Sugar 'n Cream
Notes: This is my favorite washcloth pattern. The lace is easy enough to do while not really paying attention (well, in non-drinking situations apparently) and has a lovely drape. The sunshine yellow is also very pretty and cheery.