The b.f. picked up a lamp that looks like some kind of Art Deco UFO:
And me? I found something I've been hoping to find for ages:
Boo-yeah! That there is a Bond knitting machine people! Not that the guys at the church sale had any clue. Our conversation went something like this:
Me, palms sweaty, heart beating like a drum; "Um, excuse me? How much is this?"
Bewildered church volunteer; "I dunno. What is it?"
"It's a knitting machine." (Resisting the urge to use words like "duh" and "obviously")
"We didn't know what the hell that was. Do you know how much they are?"
"I have no idea" (Lying! To a church volunteer!)
"How's ten bucks?"
I took my new friend home (the machine, not the volunteer) crossing my fingers all the parts were there and maybe, just maybe, it would come with instructions.
Score! Not only was it all there, it had never even been used! I spent the better part of the afternoon figuring out how to make the thing knit:
Looks more like a lap-steel than a knitting thing to me!
It was fiddly and slow but I'm sure with some practice I'm sure I'll be cranking out rows of perfect little stitches. Whee! Suddenly all of those patterns that require endless stretches of stockinette stitch seem so much more appealing!