Is there? I didn't know that. Surprisingly, i have not heard of knit-alongs, though i have heard of knit-ins.
That's a good pattern suggestion. Most of us can use more bags. I was planning to make a bag soon anyway. I was going to make the Hemp Market Bag out of Bag Style by Pam Allen and Ann Budd... but the pattern would be difficult for some in our group here, and the pattern is not available for free, either. One of my students is making it now out of Hempathy (an Elsebeth Lavold yarn, i think), and it's quite lovely. I want to make one in a dark purple.