I learnt a lot.
- I learnt things like how to painstakingly pick back several rows of machine knitted lace.
- I learnt to remain calm and quickly grab a crochet hook when a stitch drops and runs like an escaping toddler in a busy parking lot.
- I learnt that a small crochet hook catches stitches faster and more reliably than the transfer tool or the latch hook.
- I learnt that I can see better close up with my graduated lens glasses than I can with my contact lenses.
- I learnt that the beads will all break if you tighten up the stitches so much that the carriage hits them.
- I learnt that a knitting machine will knit a stitch when it is supposed to create an eyelet just because it darn well feels like it!----and then it will hide the fact until you have knit several more rows.
- I learnt that it takes at least 30 times as long to undo a machine knit row as it does to knit it incorrectly in the first place.
- I learnt to check my end stitches every row.
- I learnt that every 8th stitch in every 7th row is a lot of beads.
- I learnt that beaded rows are not fast.
- I learnt that too little weight causes problems.
- I learnt that too much weight also causes problems.
- I learnt that even though a knitting machine can knit a row incredibly fast, the actual process of getting a finished article from a machine can be very slow anyway.
I also learnt that a beaded, machine knit lace curtain could be breathtakingly beautiful----but right now I'd rather move on to something else.
Some day I may try this again. Some day.