What kind of yarn is it? Some yarn softens up when it is washed, some acrylics for instance. Maybe you could make tote bags, purses of some kind. Another thought was decorative items and even toys that are mostly for looking at and not cuddling. If it is scratchy wool, bags would be particularly nice and you could even make felted bags. Toys would give you a great opportunity to learn all kinds of new skills. I don't have particular patterns in mind. You could do a search for simple or beginner added to each type of item.