I have five...I don' know why it seems like its taking forever. I think partly it has to do with tension. Sometimes I get it so tight it is difficult to get in the stitch, then it takes me a couple of rows to get it looser, then I have to go a little tighter again so it doesn't make that loop on the back. A vicious cycle!
Did I mention I just learned to knit last week? That could be the problem too! It is frustrating though because I knit the whole bag part in front of the TV last night and now it has taken all morning just for the handle. I am making it pretty long though...right now its 47" right now. And...I am felting it and would like to get it in to the washer, which is making me even more impatient!