I made this bag from a sweater that was made in Norway. I washed it in hot water and actualy boiled it in my big soup stock pot for extra shrinkage. It finally shrunk to the size that satisfied me. I took this bag out and about and I sold it to Lisa who just loved it. This is making me think that I should go with more of my ideas. I must say, there hasn't been anything in my life that has given me so much satisfaction than making something and selling it. This of course does not include that amazing experience of giving birth and nourishing a child till they are ready to be set free. I have been loving this knitting thing...so we will see where this goes. Really, this is fun!!!