I posted a bunch of links about knitting machine's a number of weeks ago. Craftzine has listed some more information about them too.
Also, Craftzine blogged about Sylvie of Chez Plum who created these super cute Lacanau knit shoes at Knitty. Sylvie has created a French to English dictionary for knitting patterns. She also listed a few links to free French knitting patterns. Neat!