Well, I got a bit carried away knitting the repeats on my "accessory pouch" from Melanie Falick's Handknit Holidays and it has now turned into a nice sized purse! Really, that's what I intended and I am quite happy with the size at 5 repeats per side. The red is a bit hard to photograph, but you can get the idea from the photo below. I was still having trouble with the pattern and really should have taken the time to chart it out. So, it it done, but not perfect - good enough for a rustic knit purse!
I have left each side on the needles so I can make adjustments after I pick up a set of handles. I am heading downtown this afternoon with my good friend to pick up the handles and some fabric to line the inside. I haven't been yarn/fabric shopping for ages (besides thrift stores) so it should be a fun afternoon!