So that leaves one scarf (for Ted), and MAYBE the shawl for his mom. I think I'll start the shawl today and see how it goes. It's a simple crocheted ripple pattern. Another pattern I thought I might try is called Broomstick Crochet, which uses one of those enormous knitting needles along with a crochet hook.
I'm still surprised that crocheting and knitting have come so easily to me. Maybe this was just the right time in my life to give them a chance.