I also started the pink cotton duffel bag for my daughter. This is somewhat of a freeform/experimental effort, as the two patterns from which I'm working do not give finished dimensions. My daughter insists that she wants a large bag, suitable for stuffing with clothes for a sleepover. The circumference of the base is about 13 inches, which is quite large in my opinion. Right now we're thinking that we'll go about 13 inches high, and then I'll do an I-cord drawstring. I've added one stripe of the pretty Kristha Mehta ribbon, and it looks very cute so far....just BIG. See:
The knitting on this is pretty mindless; I'm already looking forward to a challenging shawl that I hope to tackle next.