i took an art class in college 4 or 5 years ago. i really didn't think i was that good despite the fact that every other person in my family is incredible when it comes to drawing. my mom even teaches art. i found my sketchbook from that class about a month ago. i was hesitant to flip through it, but i'm really glad i did. the drawings that i didn't remember as turning out so great were actually really good. i just needed some time away to come back to them with a new perspective, able to see the big picture instead of all the smaller parts i had to put together. i tell you all that to say, your mil will love it, and because of that you will look back on this experience with fond memories. and you have now learned something that i myself learned not too long ago. if you're knitting something that will require you to use a new skill, practice it with cheap stash acrylic first, then when you comfortable dive in with the good yarn.