There are some logistical problems with posting any gifts intended for this year, so here is one of my favorites to make from last year - knitted hobby horses. The pattern is from Knitted Gifts by Ann Budd. But I knitted two at one time using one circular needle, following the method in Two at a Time Socks by Melissa Morgan Oakes. For some reason, two socks at once hardly take much longer than one single sock.
The bridle is a knit icord, which would have taken longer to knit than the socks themselves. But the lighter weight Patons wool went through a Bond Embellishnet without too much problem, and I was able to knit up the many yards of icord in about 25 minutes per horse.
I really like the patterns in Knitted Gifts. There is a nice variety, from the standard scarves and hats to felted oven mitts and pretty embroidered slippers. My only complaint is that the only quick knits are small items like headbands and coffee cozies. This book is a keeper.