Whoa, just want to make sure everyone realizes I meant she was a country girl.... not just a country girl. My mom is the sweetest person I know, and I don't want anyone to think I'm demeaning her.
But I decided just to let the cat out of the bag and tell her, and she said she loved the gloves, but she would be more likely to wear them if they were machine washable. So I'm gonna get some Essential Kettledyed in Auburn, and she loved that color, so that's what I'll make it in.
Thanks for all the aadvice!!
I do think I'm gonna just practice with the yarn, not actaully make anything to wear with it.