The knit stitches look a little different from what I'm used to seeing. You said she's Bulgarian, I wonder if it's something to do with a different style of knitting, maybe Eastern Europen, making ringlet stitches look different because of the way she worked them.
Cheating is an option. . . . Cheaters never win and winners never cheat, but smart knitters who want to retain an iota of sanity do, cheerfully. ~~Kory Stamper