Thank you for the compliments and encouragement.
I think you're right, and she'll love it despite any mistakes. She is the one that got me started knitting, though, so that makes it a little trickier. But still....she'll see it as a whole picture and how much love that went into it.
I don't understand this mystery stole thing. Is that like...you don't even know what you're making when you start it? Sounds interesting. I've intentionally stayed away from all threads on that because I have WAY too many projects going and am stressed enough as it is. LOL