More goodies in the 'mail' FEDEX dropped off the new sponge bar in a blueprint mailing tube. The item was so unusual that SWMBO called me at work.
Got the old sponge bar out and with the help of folks on Ravelry's machine knitting forum, the needles have all been cleaned. Tomorrow, it will be time to lightly oil all of the needles.
Sadly it seems that work is the curse of the knitting class -- a necessary evil to support a habbit.