I decided back in my brief podcast phase that my iPod needed some stylish knits to wear, but it took me until this Saturday to finally get started. Although I spent half the day wrapping my head around the cast-on, after that it was amazingly quick, for my third knitted project ever. I don't love the yarn I used since it's obviously supposed to stripe for something (human) sock-sized, and only sock-sized. But, the knitting pattern is really nice. It's so nice that she included links to tutorials (although I ended up going with these instructions for the bind-off). The pattern has a bunch of variations, so I think it will be a good way for me to practice new techniques on a quick and relatively unimportant project.
After doing that, I also finished my stash-busting granny square afghan. When I was about halfway through, I wove in all my ends, so it didn't take long once I finished the last round of crochet to weave in the rest. In terms of making blankets, having it be completely done less than half an hour after you stop crocheting seems like instant gratification to me.