I bought a second hand knitting machine a few months ago, so I could work more fine garments faster. I thought that because I felt confident hand knitting it would be easy.
It turns out it is broken. This part is supposed to be welded to the plate. It is possible I may be able to get a replacement part.
I am not sure what I was thinking. The whole reason I stopped weaving was because I don't like sitting in an upright chair or sitting on a bench while making something.
I love hand knitting; it has to be one of my favourite things to do, but I confess the siren call of endless swaths of stocking stitch in no time was too strong. I have at least two projects sitting in my knitting basket because I have hit an endless section of right side knit and wrong side purl.
If I ever manage to get the knitting machine going, I will celebrate by making myself a wonderful and cozy kimono in stocking stitch to lounge around in. it should be a good first project as they can be entirely made from rectangles. Until then I may get a few rows done on this shawl: Leaves and Waves by Pat Coyle from Knitty, fall 2004. it's beautiful. My version is blue on brown, but I despair of ever getting it done because I am in an interminable stocking stitch section.