Love seeing all your great projects and reading the lively anecdotes.
I was wondering if any of you are interested in machine knitting or if this is even the right forum? I've seen a couple of posts on the subject and am sort of surprised that more guys don't seem that intrigued. I mean really: needles? MACHINE? Come on!
Just kidding, of course. I knat (needle knitted?) more than my share of afghans and sweaters in college. My roomie and I had the whole dorm goin' at it. (Anything but study...) and it was great fun. My parents couldn't understand why so many bills from wool shops in Ann Arbor.. until they got their Christmas presents!
Anyhow, I've just bought 2 Bonds and a Silver Reed (Studio) LK-150. They're really just hobby machines compared with the big boys. Still, I'm wowed by how fast they go (a scarf a night) and how many different techniques they can handle. There're videos all over YouTube explaining how they work though both have well-written, illustrated manuals and DVD's. Here's a great website which compares some of the available machines: http://www.allbrands.com/products/abc0072.html and another with a lot of manuals: http://knittsings.com/knitting-machine-manuals/
A bit intimidating? More expensive? Sure, but worth it in productivity, tension problems solved (the machine's anyways) and after all... if the ladies can do it.... Oh. Right. I'm supposed to show you something I made? Just wait!