First... Your mother must be so proud of you. As a knitter herself I'm sure she is thrilled to see you making so many nice things. She taught you over the phone? You must both be very talented to accomplish that.
Good job with your designs. Most of us learn to work from patterns but I think it is very special to start off as you have and just be able to make things. I sure wouldn't call you a newbie if you can do these on your own.
You're doing great, keep going.