I made this Sunbloom tote a couple of months ago and it quickly became my favorite. I took it everywhere – even to the Dr’s office. Now everyone knows when you go to your Dr, you have to wait and wait, so I came prepared with my own favorite magazines tucked into my favorite bag so that I wouldn’t have to touch the magazines that were just read by the coughing, sneezing patients waiting with me. (I am VERY germ-phobic, can you tell?) Well after a full hour, they finally called me. I walked over to the scale and looked for a place to set my purse. There was no chair, no hook, no nothing – just a germy nurse whose hands were occupied. I very carefully tried to balance my purse on the floor, forgetting that magazines don’t stand on their ends. Needless to say, it fell over. I was appalled as I watched it fall into a nasty-looking trash can. It had some very dirty stains on the side (blood? some other red/brown stuff that I don’t even want to think about?) I carried the tote with one finger all the way home and decided that even though it was decorator fabric, I really should wash it. Surprisingly, it washed pretty well, but it did lose some of it’s umph. It has now become my knitting bag, and serves its purpose very well. I’m knitting another purse with one string of wool (dark gray) and one string of an acrylic blend(pink) . When I’m done, I’ll felt it and see what happens! Do you call them “strings” or “strands”? Oh and if it looks like I’m working on a project that is doomed for failure, please feel free to tell me. I really don’t know what I’m doing when it comes to knitting!