Baby's Got a Brand New Bag
Emily designed and made this nice bag:
The pattern is typical Free Form Emily: cast on enough stitches to make a scarf in the pattern of your choice: she chose a K4P4 basketweave.
Get about halfway through the scarf, and declare extreme boredom with the project.
Bind off the scarf, and sew the ends together. Then, using whatever other yarn you have around, pick up enough stiches to go around. Knit in pattern of your choice (this time stockinette stitch) until it is long enough to carry a good sized spiral notebook. Then get your mother to do some simple decreases at the bottom because all that stockinette stitch is boring.
Make two I-cord handles using 8 stitches, because I-cords are not boring. There you go!