Two items that I have finished off may help. First, I've made a stash busting baby blanket from squares:
It's about 30 inches by 36, just the size to wrap a little one in.
The second make was an adult hat with a spiral pattern. I have seen this Hurricane hat pattern on Ravelry for a long time, but assumed it would be complex to keep the the spiral going. In fact, it is stunningly simple to do - by having 81 stitches, and knitting a pattern repeat of 10 stitches (9 knit stitches and 1 purl), the odd stitch moves the raised purl stitch each round into a spiral:
I think that it is really effective as a design. The one pictured was made with 1 strand of dk and one strand of 4 ply on size 5.00 circulars, and it fits me well. I changed to dpns for the decreases because I find them easier than magic loop. I will be making more of these hats!