BOOGA BAG KNIT-A-LONG Thread!

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BOOGA BAG KNIT-A-LONG Thread!

Welcome to the Booga Bag Knit-a-long! Please feel free to post pictures of your progress, ask questions or simply talk about how its going! To start, show us the yarn you buy for the project! Who doesn't love pictures of yummy yarn Biggrin

http://www.blacksheepbags.com/booga_bag.html

Supplies needed:
Yarn: 3 skeins of Noro Kureyon. I used color 95.
Needles: 16" or 24" US 10 1/2 bamboo circular needles and US 10 1/2 double pointed needles.

Cast on 34 stitches on size 10 1/2 circular needles. Knit back and forth in garter stitch for 34 rows.

Now you are going to pick up stitches all around your rectangle and begin knitting in the round. Pick up and knit stitches as follows:

* Pick up and knit twisted 16 stitches along first edge of rectangle. There are 17 ridges, so you just pick up one stitch between each ridge.
* Pick up and knit 34 stitches along the bottom of your rectangle.
* Pick up 16 stitches along last edge as you did for the first edge.

You will now have 100 stitches and will be knitting in the round. Knit every row for 64 rows. Cast off.

Make a 5 stitch i-cord with your 10 1/2 double pointed needles. Length depends on your preference, but I recommend 5-6 feet of i-cord.

Time for felting! Place the bag and i-cord in a zippered pillowcase and place in the washing machine with 4-5 pairs of jeans or other heavy items. Wash on the hot wash cold rinse cycle. May take 3-4 trips through the wash to achieve desired felting.

Block the bag. Find a box that is the same size as the bag (it can be taller and stick out the top) and place the box in a plastic grocery bag. Put the plastic covered box into the felted bag. Allow the bag, bottom up, to dry completely (1-2 days). Blocking the bag creates a flat bottom so that your bag will sit flat.

Once dry, take your bag and your double pointed needles. Pinch in the ends so that your bag looks like ths from the top:

Insert double pointed needles where indicated by the arrows about one inch down from the top edge of the bag. Go through all four layers. Wiggle around the double pointed needles to open the holes. Remove double pointed needles.

Cut your felted i-cord in half. take one end of the first half and with the bag facing you, insert the i-cord into the near hole on the left side. Then thread it through the left hole on the side of the bag facing you (the end will now be outside the bag). Thread it back into the bag through the right hole and out through the near hole on the right side of the bag. Turn the bag around and repeat with the other length of i-cord.

You will now have two ends of the i-cords sticking out on each side of the bag. Take the two ends on one side and tie them tightly in an overhand (plain old) knot. It should look like this:

Now adjust the straps to the desired length and tie the ends of the i-cord on the other side. Cut off any excess. Pull the knotted ends in tight and you are all done!

The finished dimensions are approx: 4 1/2 X 7 1/2 X 8 1/2.

Ready? Set? Go!!!

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A little note on the yarn they suggested for this project...its is an Aran weight yarn (guage I found on one site said 5 sts/inch) and its self striping so if you want a similar effect you need to find a self striping yarn, or by several skeins of different colors and stripe them yourself! Biggrin

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Yea! My first felted project!

I was able to start on this already, during DS's nap, as I happen to have the right size needles and yarn that would felt. I would rather have gone out an gotten self-striping yarn, but I couldn't justify it when I had some in my stash already. It's a multi-color, I wonder how it will look felted.

It's here: http://www.yarnmarket.com/yarn/Zitron_Yarn-Loft_Color_Yarn-2130.html The color is 510 Purple/Green (upper left picture).

So far, it's turning out okay. Instead of picking up the 34 stitches on the end of the rectangle, I used a provisional cast on, and just used the live stitches. I didn't know which way to join the sides. They said twisted stitch, which I know, but I didn't know which needle to use, so I just made something up. It looks okay, and I figure once it is felted, it will be okay.

One more thing -- is the knit side or purl side the outside of the bag? Does it matter? Can I decide after it is felted?

Janel

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I am one step nearer to starting, got my yarn yesterday, but not quite the right weight so will knit it using recommended needles, my daughter has claimed it already so guess it coming out smaller will not really matter. Lol

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You are supposed to pick up the stitches while doing a twisted stitch. I had found a video online tha thelped a bunch. It gives a ridge for the bottom of the back and after all the stitches are picked up you just knit round until the bag is big enough! Smile

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Okay, I'm starting mine this afternoon. Here is the yarn I am using.

http://www.patonsyarns.com/product.php?LGC=sws

It's the natural pink.

I have heard that this stuff felts super fast, so I'm a little nervous, but that's okay. I think i'm gonna make the bag a little bigger than the pattern says, so if it felts too much I still have usable bag. If not, then I guess DD gets a purse or something LOLOL!

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Alright, I am all ready to go! Here is my yarn, it is self striping and i LOVE it


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I have finished the bottom now I need to figure out how to do the next part :?


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Comasgirl (Sorry don't know your name) We have the SAME yarn! even the same color! Great minds Biggrin I LOVE how it is striping. Now i'm really glad that I picked this yarn/color!

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Here is the link for a video on the "pick up twisted stitch type thing"

http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/basic_techniques/misc.php

I had never done it before and I found it very helpful!

Sandi- Yeap, we are color selection Gods, if I may Smile I love how this yarn knits! I'm having a hard time putting the project down. PS:My real name is Charlotte Smile

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I've got that in the blue/tan tones and the orange/green tones..it's gorgeous!!

Ok for the next part...i will try to explain how I did it but I'm horrible at teaching!!

I'm right handed so I held the needle in my right hand and knit left. You put the needle in between each ridge FROM THE BACK (twisted), put it under the top 2 peices of yarn then knit it. From the pattern there are 17 ridges (highs and lows) so you should pick up 16 stitches on the short side. For the long side you do the same thing going in from the back under the top 2 peices of yarn for every stitch picking up 34. I don't think I picked up exactly the right #'s but when it felts it hides and little mistakes like that anyways.

I hope you can understand that LOL

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I am questioning what I read/understood, the pattern says garter stitch that would be all knit right. Why I suddenly started to question myself seeing the pic of the bottom section of the bag that Charlotte had done I understand that to be knit a row purl a row. Please verify for me. Thanks.

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it's straight knitting but when you go back and forth it makes a difference patter than when you knit around. Once you pick up all the stitches around the bottom you knit around all the way up so there is no seams to sew together!

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er actually maybe it's because one is the wrong side and one the right LOL. Anyhow it's just straight garter stitch all the way. I'm a beginner for sure but I'm on my 2nd Booga bag now.

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According to the pattern, it says the bottom shoudl be garter stitch....once you start knitting in the round to do the sides that iwll be stockinette stitch (all knit in the round produces stockinette stitch)

overall, it probably won't matter much because it all becomes felted anyway Smile

My guess is that they said to do all knit in both cases because its simplest and since its felted, it doesn't really matter much.

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I love the colors Charlotte! (I don't dare use pink for my daughter's baby...she'd murder me!)

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Here's my progress so far -- I'm about halfway through the sides.

Here's a close up my yarn. It's yarn I had on hand -- I wonder how it will look felted? You can see the garter stitch on the bottom. I too wondered if it should be stockinette, but I figured the garter stitch would make the bottom thicker, and more sturdy.

Janel

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Heey, whoa! Some of you are done already!? I just picked up my yarn yesterday, and still need to get the right circular needles!! I figured I'd start on the I-cord anywho, since I find it's really boring after about 6".

I went to a local yarn shop, since I fiugred it would be the best place to get pure wool, and they carried the same kind as the pattern uses. The colours were so beautiful, I picked it up. Plus the lady said it is a wonderful yarn to felt with. Cost me $30 (CAD) though, and at that price I decided to just make it the size it is and go from there. But, I shall have a beautiful bag once I'm done.

I plan to get started once I get home from work. Pop in some laundry, watch Princess Bride and knit (and snack)!

PS - everyone's progress looks awesome!

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I assume you've watched Princess Bride a few times before? Sarahsunshine (also in Edmonton) knows the entire movie by heart! Smile

We expect photos soon!

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Well I got my bag done yesterday (prefelt) and am working on my Icord. I hope that by this afternoon I will be able to start the felting. I am so excited! I love how the yarn I got is striping! It looks so good! And BTW I LOVE knitting with this yarn. (The Patons SWS) The whole time I was knitting yestterday, i kept thinking of something else I can knit with it! I just love that yarn!

I'll try to get some pictures of my bag pre and post felting! and post them later!

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Wow Sandi! You are fast! Lol

I purchased my yarn today! I tried to stop by the yarn store last night but they closed early because of the snow storm.

So this is what I got today! The colors dont' come out very accurately in the picture. There's a lot of lavenders and greenish hues in it that aren't quite as dark as they show up in the picture!

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Wow Kim, I really like those colors! I can't wait to see how it looks knitted. My bag in in the wash as we speak.

Anyway, here are the picts of the bag pre felting.


Keep in mind that I made this a little bigger than the pattern called for. I'm getting really excited about the felting. I can't wait till this cycle is done so I can see how the felting is going!

***UPDATE***
Okay my bag has gone through the first cycle. I think i'm gonna run it through once more, because there is still a lot of stitch definition, and I think I want more of a solid fabric. This yarn is felting great! Although be warned it sheds BAD!!!!

Quick felting tip for those of you who have never felted before. It's always a good idea to put your peice in a zippered pillowcase or something similar, but sometimes when you felt yarn, it sheds really bad. Apparently, Patons SWS is definally one of those yarns.

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I noticed that the pattern says to use much larger needles then what is called for for the yarn. Does anyone know why? Is there are purpose? Is it just to get more for your money..assume it produces a larger piece, but still felts ok?

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Another update from me:

Here is my bag post felting. It is currently drying and in bad need of a shave. what do you guys think???



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Oh i love it! The stripes look awesome...and yo know, the 80's are back so fuzzy ain't so bad Lol

Its going to be so cute when its all done, i can tell Biggrin

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Kim I love the colour of your yarn. I really need to find a decent yarn shop closer to me.

Charlotte wtg on getting so far on your bag, it really looks good, can't wait to see how mine turns out.

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"KimPossible" wrote:

I noticed that the pattern says to use much larger needles then what is called for for the yarn. Does anyone know why? Is there are purpose? Is it just to get more for your money..assume it produces a larger piece, but still felts ok?

I noticed while knitting the i-cord that although I thought the needles were pretty big for the yarn, the guage that was coming out was still pretty tight. I don't know if that helps at all, but it's just an observation I had. I don't think I'm knitting too tight, either. Haven't had that problem in a while.

I started the i-cord yesterday, and it's about half way done. This wool is beautiful, I love the way it is made, too. It looks like the wool is dyed prior to spinning, so the colours blend together as the different pieces get spun together. It gives it bits of colour popping out here and there. And some places it is fatter than others, some places are actually so thin I've wondered if I'll break it working with it, but it's really strong.

Still haven't found the blasted camera cord....time to get DH to pick up another one, methinks.

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Sandi,

The bag looks awesome. I can't wait to see the finished product. That might be the yarn I pick up next time for a bag. I might give this one away and make myself a pink one!

Janel

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Do we have any progress picts ladies?? I can't wait to see how the rest of these bags are turning out!!!!

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Here's my last few days of progress, I was loving this yarn so much I couldn't stop!! I went back to working on a baby blanket I had abandoned for the bag and the yarn sucks compared to the wool! Oh well, just need to get that damn blanket done!

Here's my bag prior to felting

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And here it is after just one cycle...this stuff felts fast!

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Needs a hair cut and a few trims and I am set fort he next step!

Is anyone else thinking of maybe starting the jumpsuit??

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I know the feeling about that yarn! I am trying to think of something else I can make with it! It really was hard to put down. Your striped up really nice too.

I'm waiting for mine to finish drying so I can finish it! I hope that tomorrow it is dry. I can't wait!!!!!!!!!!!

Anyway, Charlotte, your bag looks great!!!

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OK, so my bag is dry and I want to put the strap on but can someone explain to me in plain english what the heck the pattern says??

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Well my bag is finished. The only thing I really am not that thrilled about it the length of my straps. I would have preferred that they were a little longer, but I can deal with the length that they are. Anyway, here are the picts~

Started like this:

Then this:

Then finished like this:


FYI, I had a time getting the icord through. That was the hardest part of this bag I think!

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"comasgirl" wrote:

OK, so my bag is dry and I want to put the strap on but can someone explain to me in plain english what the heck the pattern says??

I just folded in the ends. Then I "punched" holes where the arrows were. Then I pulled the icord through so that the ends of the icord were in the folds on the sides (so each icord was through 2 pieces not the 4). Then I knotted on the sides where the ends met.

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OMG, I am so freakin' jealous you've finished already! I can't wait to have my bag. DH actually enouraged me to make it as big as I want, even though he knows how much I spent on the wool already. So, I think I will just start and make it bigger, and then pick up extra wool later this week. It's not supposed to match perfectly anywho, so I'm not worried about dye lot.

But, time for a picture! ( I posted it in my progress thread, too, but it belongs here as well)

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Here are the 2 bags I've done

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Stacy, those look great! What yarn did you use for the 1st one? I really like how that came out. Or did you do that pattern yourself??

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"morrisbuddy" wrote:

OMG, I am so freakin' jealous you've finished already! I can't wait to have my bag. DH actually enouraged me to make it as big as I want, even though he knows how much I spent on the wool already. So, I think I will just start and make it bigger, and then pick up extra wool later this week. It's not supposed to match perfectly anywho, so I'm not worried about dye lot.

But, time for a picture! ( I posted it in my progress thread, too, but it belongs here as well)

So you are starting on the i-cord first? That's a great idea, as I agree, the i-cord is the hardest part, because it is boring!

Janel

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Yeah, actually, it wasn't that bad once I got going, but it is done now, yay!! I think what usually happens is that I do the i-cord last, and at that point, I'm so excited and impatient to just finish already, I swear I'm measuring it every 2 seconds, going, is it long enough YET!? Lol.

So, I've got a good portion of the bottom done now, too. I still don't have the circular needles I need, so I'm still working with the DPN. I need to make a trip to Michael's or something in the next few days here.

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"Sandi0512" wrote:

Stacy, those look great! What yarn did you use for the 1st one? I really like how that came out. Or did you do that pattern yourself??

It's a mixture of yarns Smile The brown is Philosophers Wool, the rest is Lion Brand Lion wool in Majestic. cadet blue and sage Smile

Oh and Thanks!! Smile

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Lets have a check in! How's everyone doing? I'm only about 2/3rds of the way up the sides of my bag. Maybe I'll take pictures tonight to share!

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Half way up the side, been a busy week, must take photos of my progress.

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Just about half way through the bottom. Man, wish I had more time (or needed less sleep!). Everyone's really zooming along here.

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I'm done with the knitting! Still need to felt though. However, it might be a while before I get to felt it because I will have to do it at my parents house...i have a front loader Sad

Here it is!....

I love the way the yarn knits up! Its so pretty, however I"m afraid that the stripes are so thin and 'blended' that when it felts it might all blend ot a blah-ish grey or something LOL I guess we'll see!

I'm excited too, because i'm left with one whol skein leftover and I have a pattern for a simple adult hat that this yarn is the right guage for and everything. I think i will use it for that!

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OOhhh Kim I love that yarn!!

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Pretty yarn Kim. You could felt it the "old-fashioned" way, in a pot on the stove.

Janel

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"CamelNoodle" wrote:

Pretty yarn Kim. You could felt it the "old-fashioned" way, in a pot on the stove.

Janel

Yeah, my MIL suggested I do it by hand in the sink. I don't know what I"ll do. Part of me is a little afraid to try a different felting method since I don't know how it will come out! Has anyone else tried it? I've done the washing machine before so thats predictable for me.

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If you do it in the sink you must wear gloves. You need it so very hot!

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I'm so excited to felt my bag, but this i-cord will be the end of me. It's taking so long. I want to felt them both at the same time, so as to not use as much hot water.

I'm also in the middle of a sweater class, so I need to keep up with that too. Too much knitting, not enough time!

Janel

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The I cord and I were not getting along, had a brain wave and decided to try making my I-cord with a "knitting knobby" (it would make the I-cord a little tighter and using 4 stitches instead of 5) and it is going pretty fast. Found this in Michaels for $2.99 in plastic by the knitting needle section.

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"Julzh" wrote:

The I cord and I were not getting along, had a brain wave and decided to try making my I-cord with a "knitting knobby" (it would make the I-cord a little tighter and using 4 stitches instead of 5) and it is going pretty fast. Found this in Michaels for $2.99 in plastic by the knitting needle section.

You are a genius! I had a few of those when I was little. Guess I've been "knitting" longer than I thought!

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I finally got a chance to finish the i-cord.

Here is the unfelted bag. It's about 12" x 12".

Felted, it's about the size of my hand, so it felted ALOT! I only put it through the wash once.

(Yes, it's drying on the toaster. Don't worry, it's an old one we cut off the cord before we are putting it out with the trash, I just needed something to prop it up on.)

Janel

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