Also had a go with the lace carriage last night, which was not so successful. It kept dropping stitches, and not on a particular needle. It was ok, but it was time-consuming having to squint at every row to check if it was ok. I often wonder why we machine knitters put ourselves through all this hassle? Because you'd think automating something should make it faster and easier, but it ain't necessarily so! As I was telling someone the other night, it just allows me to make mistakes even faster, with the added "bonus" of the possibility of breaking my toes if I drop weights on them.