I know you'll want to share the suspense with me. Remember all that yarn? Here's what it looks like knitted up into sort of a bag shape and ready to throw in the washing machine and felt down to (I hope) about two thirds of its size and a whole different texture.
In retrospect, I don't think it was really totally necessary to use all the colors for this. It may not end up being the thing I want to carry everywhere I go. But it's been a harmless diversion.
And if you can detect the very geeky rhyme & reason behind the order of the stripes, I'll buy you a beer.