"...I encourage all machine knitters to "just knit" - live outside the box a bit and don't worry if you make a mistake. It's only knitting. You can rewind the yarn and start over. Don't fret if you end up with a row or two more/less (no one will know), don't worry if the carriage is on the wrong side, so what if you have one less stitch than you should at the end; it's only knitting and it really does not matter.
If you haven't the courage or expertise to knit something intricate, just do it. When you are finished you will have the skills and a whole new level of courage. Think of your family recipes that are a handful of this and a dash of that, why not do that in your knitting? Being self taught, I've made my mistakes but I truly learned from those and they have made me a good knitter.
What matters is for you to enjoy your knitting and produce beautiful items that you and others will cherish."
UPDATE: I goofed on the link, above! Fixed it now. Tom's blog is here: