The red silk purse is finished! It's going up on the Etsy site after I finish this posting. The finished bag measures 81/4" L by 7 1/2" W with a 35" strap. I think it took longer to sew in the lining than it took to knit the bag - where is my mother when I need her???
Here's the picture of the finished product. Manasi (creator of the yarn), I hope I did justice to your spectacular yarn.
Next projects to finish: the fuzzy blue green felted bag as well as the hot pink and black purse for a special teenager!