This could be a silly idea, but if you get tired of "practice" knitting and are frustrated you think you can't make anything that looks decent until you've got more practice ... try getting some of the eyelash yarn/fun fur. The furriness poufs out so that none of the individual stitches really show. And then you can have the satisfaction of making something while still "practicing."
For years (like 20), I would only knit only once per year or every other year and since I did my blanket and other projects, I noticed my tension is more consistent than ever before.
so, if you end up wanting more instant gratification, there is at least one way..... to do both. The downside (or maybe this is really upside) is that you'll not be able to easily see how consistent your stitches are with the fun fur and that will force you to focus more on just making the stitch and feeling the tension.