I've had trouble posting here so I apologize for skipping right to the (almost) finished project.
I used a knitty.com pattern: Satchel
Black and green Cascade wool, begun in March and finally attended to the last month or so. Just in time for a trip to San Francisco! (It turned out a bit larger than I had hoped but I may be able to felt it a bit more.)
The I-Cord Bind Off was a lovely trick to learn... Not to mention I've never had to pick up so many stitches... I took way too much time on that, but now I think I have a good feel for it.