How fast can YOU knit? There is a feeling when you cast on... a thrill, an excitement... And then, there is the middle of a project. (I don't care if you are working on a book mark, there is a middle of all projects.) And then you finally get to cast off. For this bag, I chose it intentionally for the 'easy' 'middle'. But now, of course, we are measuring it out. Garter stitch handle for 54 inches. Keep knitting!