Great work, mojo. I'm impressed with the color. Your mom will love it. I think you should wait til her birthday to give it to her. No sense in letting anyone know that knitting projects can get done early.
Isn't it amazing how easy it is to forget what you're doing in the middle of that pattern repeats. I'm definitely going to try those stitch markers next time but will still have to rely on counting in the middle. Or figure out how to start where I left off when my brain pauses.