Booga Bag!

Whoo hoo! After a yarn shortage scare, where I had to take out a row just so I could bind off, I have gotten the Booga Bag off the needles! (Picture on Flickr, with a mini version over in the sidebar.) Now I just have to find a pillowcase with a zipper and I will be felting it tomorrow! Yeah!

I love the colors, and I can’t wait to see how it turns out when it is felted, but I can’t even begin to explain how glad I am that I am done with this bag. I’m not allergic to wool, but there is something about this yarn that triggers a bad allergic reaction in me. I suspect it is the dye or the finishing that they use when they make it, and no one else has complained of issues with it like I have. Hopefully when I felt the bag, it will pull out the dyes that are bothering me.

I have the yarn to start knitting my Sophie bag (a dark, rich purple), but I think I’m going to work on my Clapotis first. The only other project still on needles is the “Jay Allen scarf,” named after Jay since I only worked on it in panels that he was on at SXSW. (I learned I’m a much better listener with the laptop closed and knitting needles in my hands.) I’m over halfway done with it, so it shouldn’t take too long to finish it up. I can work on the Clapotis at the same time. New projects – wheee!

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Christine is an Avenger of Sexiness. Her Superpower is helping Hot Mamas grow their Confidence by rediscovering their Beauty. She lives in the Heights in Houston, Texas, works as a boudoir photographer, and writes about running a Business of Awesome. In her spare time, she loves to knit, especially when she travels. She & her husband Mike have a food blog at Spoon & Knife.

12 replies on “Booga Bag!”

Nope, just the Kureyon. I’ve admired one of the other colors for a Booga Bag, but passed it up as I dread even considering working with it again. Maybe someday, but for now there are so many others that look more appealing!

Really nice! Can’t wait to see it felted. It’s so exciting when they come out of the wash. Oh, and here is a tip for determining if you have enough yarn to bind off: lay the work down and run the remaining yarn across the work horizontally – it takes 3 passes with the yarn to bind off. Now, ask me how I know.

I just started Clapotis last night. Goodness…the number of repeats! I hope that you post pics of yours. I don’t know how I really feel about it yet. I’m not using the yarn recommended, but I feel that it will be great. I also joined the group at Yahoo to get some help.

I tried to do the snazzy “3 passes” thing, even increasing it to 6 passes because it was knit in the round (so front + back), and I still came up really short at first for some reason! Next time though … next time, I will do better.

I think that Kureyon is great! I love working with it and how it comes out I have down 3 booga bags and I loved each one.

Is the Booga Bag knitted with a double strand of yarn? I don’t see that the instructions call for that, yet most of the felted bags I have made are. Also, what size needles did you use?


Lois, mine was just single strand – it gets thick and full when it felts in the water just fine. And I think I used a 10.5 needle, but it isn’t as critical as it might be with other projects, since the felting hides a multitude of sins.

I made one of these booga bags not long ago, I used the hand painted yarn, and if I would have used two strands, the striping would have not been as noticeable. One strand, it shrunk a lot, but it was with the many different stripes… just like the pic on the pattern I saw!

I think two strands of yarn would defeat the purpose of using hand painted yarn (which costed a little more). I also used an 11 or 12 circular needle set and the finished project was just fine!

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