I participated in my first KAL. It was the Shirley Paden Cowl on her Ravelry board. It was an easy knit, but I had to pay attention. I have a tendency to let my mind wander and then oops! It was a KAL, but I know of only two others that participated and of this morning I was the only that posted. DH is wearing it here as yesterday was a baaad hair day.
Two Cables asked if I preferred hand or machine knitting. To be honest I don't know enough about machine knitting to have a preference. Right now hand knitting is easier because I can do it and turn out a reasonable garment. Machine knitting on the other hand is torture. It is quicker once I get going, but it takes a while to get going.
Hand and machine knitting are related only in the type of fabric that is produced. Knowledge of hand knitting doesn't help with the machine and in machine knitting gauge is paramount. Hand knitting is portable, I can take it any where. Hand knitting is limited only by the fiber you can wrap around the needle. With the machine you're limited by the yarn the machine can handle. The two machines I just got are standard machines and can't handle anything heavier than sport weight. So the part of my stash that's worsted I'll have to knit by hand. Hand knitting can be meditative, but the machine is noisy. The language is different. I guess you could say it's likes siblings - related, but completely different.