I convinced her I was just kidding, and she loved the sweater. I can't wait to get a picture of her in it. I love this so much I am sure I will make one for myself.
Yarn:Knit Picks Shine-color, orchid (60% cotton/40% modal) 9 skeins for sz 38 bust.
Things I learned: knitting small circumferences with two circs, as well as Magic Loop. I also learned that magic loop only works when your cord is very flexible. I learned I can successfully pick up stitches around a neckline as well! The following picture is the actual color. I am still baffled by photography... as you can see, I still need a bit of practice to ensure my knit rows and purl rows are the same.