The book is GREAT! I am still extremely in love with the bag on the front and I will definately be making it soon. But first, I started the Hemp Market Bag with cotton. Just some nice Sugar 'N Cream cotton in a blue, brown, khaki colorway that is just beautiful. It is for my new "roommates" and they already love it! I have made it through the top trim and I've done 2 repeats of the pattern so far. It looks good! But I know that I will be lining it with a great muslin and some kind of lining for the strap too.
My new roommates are quite environmentally conscience which has made me want to be that way as well. So I am going to make 1 or 2 of these market bags and then hopefully some dishclothes with the rest of the cotton. It is 650 yards, so I think I will have enough :)
Oh yeah. I'm so excited! I joined the Spring Swap and it's going well so far! I have been having a great time getting to know my partner on Ravelry and her blog. It should prove to be a good first swap for me! :)