You're quite right on this part. I have become a knitting snob...well, to the extent that I examine machine knitted garments in the store and furrow my brow in distaste at how "perfect" the knitting is. Then I think how much prettier the item would be if hand knitted. I mean, even cabling (which almost always looks beautiful) I've noticed doesn't look very nice on machine knitted items. Maybe this is just the cheaper stuff, but still, I love what hand knitted things look like, and I never realized it until I started knitting and began to appreciate the stitches.
Oh well, bit of tangent there...hehe.