I've been wanting to tackle this bag for quite awhile now. It was inspired by a picture in a Japanese craft book (of course!). My variation is crocheted, not knitted, and the construction is my design as I didn't feel like figuring out the Japanese. It's about 10" tall and 8" wide and completely lined. I wove ribbon through the body of the crocheted part of the bag; it's the same ribbon used for the loops. I received the great floral fabric in a trade with Katey and I absolutely love it!
My sweet girl is modeling it here for me so you can get an idea of the size. I had intended to do an enclosed drawstring but got too far ahead of myself in the sewing and had to make a change at the last minute. Sometimes that kind of thing works out for the best and I think I like it better this way :) This bag is my test run - I'm hoping to get some similar bags in the shop for Christmas.
This is the book and picture that was my inspiration. (ISBN4-579-10981-3) I'm in the process of scanning all my Japanese craft books and will put them in an album over at Flickr.