My husband has several male friends, who every time they see me knitting a scarf exclaim in disgust, "Vanessa, what are you bloody knitting another scarf for? Why don't you knit something useful, like a balaclava?"
One of those friends is having a 40th soon, and I would dearly love to knit him "something bloody useful".
My idea is a balaclava as worn by Sir Douglas Mawson and shown here.
I've just got to work out how to do it.
BTW, I think Douglas Mawson looked hot in his balaclava, despite this comment at the bottom of that link page:
"p.s. Douglas Mawson might have been a splendid fellow and absolutely first rate, but I bet he regretted having that picture taken of him in the balaclava - I mean it's the sort you'd send to your aunt Ethel to prove you really are wearing what she knitted for you."
Bless Aunt Ethel.