There is is a project called open knitting. Which is a interesting development as home machine knitting has sort of stalled because the machines available are antiques or 20+ years old.
Watch the video it is interesting I tried to embed the video into the html code but wasn't successful. Worth watching.
For me I started out hand knitting but migrated to machine knitting simple because to many projects and to little time. I have recently just added two more jumpers to my list of projects. :-( The list gets longer...
But I do miss the complexity of patterns possible with hand knitting. These days with computers I lament the fact there is not a modern home machine available.
When you think all our clothing is generally made on knitting machines. I sort of hope for a renaissance in machine knitting.
And then I could concentrate on the design.
I am hoping in retirement, sounds futuristic and a few years away. To retire in the mountains with a coffee shop. Where customers can order a coffee and on a iPad design a sweater that while they wait sipping their coffee is knitted on a machine with local yarn. Just in time.
Great idea but one problem being the machine hasnt been invented. I hope with the open source knitting it will become a reality.
Lastly I do appreciate most knitters handknit and so hope my posts are not to much of a distraction.