I also sent her a big stuffed pug that she want loopy over - and just loved it.
I learned how to do provisional cast on for this piece so that you can fold it over and make a waistband. It had a little space to put the elastic thru and after pulling it thru and fastening it - VOILA - a lovely waistband. I also did a different bind off that worked so well, and gave a lovely finished looking edge at the bottom.
So that's my knitting for the month and I plan on taking it easy today on a lovely sunday.