Here's a little hand-knitting inspiration - cute little mittens that make a garland for aChristmas tree. Have a look!
I admit, I knit a lot of crafty things, but I doubt I'd have the patience to knit a whole garland of these cute little mittens. Scroll through the blog - I've been looking at these as she puts them up - and each one is different, all beautifully made. This looks like something I'd much rather machine knit than hand knit. I love small projects, but you'd have to make quite a few of these. I suppose, if you ran out of patience, they'd be really cute hung on the tree singly. As a matter of fact, I have little hats and mittens my girlfriend made that I hang on our tree every year.
While these must take a long time to hand knit, the machine would knock out the little Fair Isle mittens quickly. I'm impressed at her patience and beautiful workmanship.