If you don't know already, Freecycle is a great way to get rid of old items you don't need any more or to ask for things that others might be willing to give away to you. For years I've thought about one day getting a knitting machine, however they are very expensive and so I put the thought to the back of my mind. Then a few weeks ago I suddenly thought I would try and put out a 'wanted' post on Freecycle for a knitting machine. Doubtful that anyone would answer I didn't place much hope in getting any replies but to my surprise someone did! I very kind lady offered me not one machine but two knitting machines with a lace maker too!
I was incredibly thankful and have endeavoured to try and set up at least one of the machines. This week I've managed to do that and have tried knitting some very simple wrist warmers and some mittens for Niah. I would like to try some more adventurous things but I still have a lot to learn about how to operate these machines.
It was a bit of a hunt online to find the instruction manuals and work out how to use the machine but all the searching was well worth it as it knits up items so quickly! I received plenty of help from yahoo UK knitting groups and from a machine knitter called Susan Ranner, who by the way has a great blog with lots of knitting resources, if you're into knitting her blog is a good place to visit.