So, here is my mom's scarf (finally). I did the faggot stitch (why would anyone call it that?). I just tweaked it a bit and added 2 stitches in garter stitch on either side so that it would not look all wonky. All in all, after re-starting a million times, I am happy with how it turned out!
With the extra yarn I made Katherine a scarf.... Fancy, huh? Just a garter stitch. A friend lent me a book with all these different fancy fringes and when I let Katherine pick, this is what she picked.... the basic ordinary run-of-the-mill fringe. Funny, huh?