I love the bag!
I know what you mean about stranded colorwork. Not my favorite either. I've tried it, but somehow I just can't seem to get the right amount of 'droop' in the back...the right amount of 'droop' on the 'carried color' looks messy...and so I pull it tighter...and BAM! my project gets bunched up! Bah!
I admire your resolve to expand your knitting horizons!
I've said this before...my BUCKET LIST includes 1) trying to knit a sock or two, 2) successfully working anything
entrelac, and 3) knitting something that's Fair Isle, or stranded colorwork.
Funny thing...I fell in love with a pattern for entrelac knee socks shown in Interweave Knits a few years ago! sigh