GOOD NEWS!! I got a (cheap-o, manual) knitting machine! Here's my first scarf:
What do you think? I love how the different thicknesses of yarn create a wavy effect. I finished this in probably 3 hours total...with the manual knitting machine, you're still moving a "carriage" holding the yarn across a row of needles, back and forth, but it's wa-a-a-ay faster than handknitting with needles that size. I let the stripes begin randomly in the middle of rows and left the tails of the knots a bit long...just some little details to show that it's unique.
Also, I made a "page" on Facebook for Mi Scusi! It would make me so happy if even one person would become a "fan."