Have you ever used a knitting machine? It has a bed of hooks that the yarn loops around. When the carriage runs over the hooks, it pushes and pulls them while running the yarn across them and forms the stitches. As much as I love hand knitting, these machines are terrific!
It's a finely tuned, complicated unit that does its job quite well. You actually can knit up a sweater in a weekend. I've done it!
Here's a swatch that I made to get into the groove of the machine.
The center has eyelets and little cables in the center square.
I'll make a bunch of swatches and use them into a future project! I'm thinking I could even combine them with fabric for an interesting effect!
Any knitters out there? What things have you made?