FO: Booga Bag

After working on it off-and-on since the end of August, I finally finished my Booga Bag. It was my first felted bag and understand the fun of felting. It was a lot smaller than I had expected (I know left it in a little too long), but it was about the size that was mentioned on the pattern page. I made it out of Noro Kureyon (color 148). I liked the deep earthtones of the colorway. I didn’t like the light purple stripe across the body, but I liked the fact that it was the light purple stripe I wound up binding off on.

I followed the pattern to a tee. I used 3 skeins of Kureyon on US 10 1/2 circulars (insert shameless plug for Denise needles here). After reading about the trials and tribulations of those before me on the Knitty boards, I was extra careful about knitting up with this yarn since I read that it was very prone to breaking. It was my first time using a yarn that varied in thickness throughout the skein. At times it was a nice, thick yarn only to suddenly become thin. I’m happy to say that I didn’t break any yarn on the body of the bag. However, my lucky streak didn’t extend to the i-cord handle. Luckily, it broke only after the first couple of rows (about 10-15 sts into it). Once I finished the i-cord (6+ ft. long), I was ready to felt!

I threw the bag and i-cord into an old pillowcase. I didn’t want to use my current zippered pillow cover since they were currently in use by my pillows & didn’t want to worry about the reds bleeding into the white. I just knotted the old pillowcase & threw it the washer. I set the washer to a small load with HOT water in the heavy-duty agitation cycle. I put in a teaspoon of Eucalan and 3 pairs of old jeans. I checked on it every 10 minutes and wound up putting it through 5 10-minute cycles. I probably could have done it in 3-4, but I was having fun. Despite the lavender-scented fabric wash, it couldn’t mask the smell of wet wool! However, during my last check on the felting process, I didn’t re-knot the pillowcase as tight, so it came undone. Everything was OK, except I had little bluish pills from the fraying of my old jeans that stuck to it during the agitation. Pulled them off by hand & it was fine.

My next step was to block it. I looked around the house for something that was close to the shape of the bag. I didn’t have to farther than my kitchen. The Ziploc Freezer economy pack box (extra-big since it was from Costco) was almost the same size as the bag. I wrapped the box in a grocery bag to keep the moisture fom warping the box. It was dry within 24 hours & I attached the i-cord handles.

Booga Bag (Noro Kureyon - 148)

The picture is a little blurry since I resized it & it lost some of its resolution. Really, it came out pretty cute. My boyfriend was even very impressed that I made it (“You knitted this?!?!”). I had to explain the concept of felting.

Today, it used it for the first time. I was paying at a checkout, pulled my wallet out of my new Booga Bag when the cashier asked “Where did you buy that bag?” Needless to day, I pretty proud to say “I made it.” She was interested when I told her the pattern was available online. She wrote it down carefully, even asking me to spell it out.

I still have some leftover yarn

Noro Kureyon (color 148)

Maybe I’ll make a small coin purse to match!


Vera Bradley

Normally, I’m the type of girl that doesn’t like to carry a purse. However, sometimes a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do, especially when it comes to hauling around knitting projects. I’m not a huge fan of flowery or tapestry bags. Some are nice, some are downright uuuugly. Nice as some are, they really aren’t my style. If I have to carry around a large bag, I’d prefer one is subtle and one that I can use for multiple purposes.

I’ve seen and heard people rave about Vera Bradley bags. The collection full of flowery quilted purses with matching accessories to boot. Some women use Vera Bradley bags as diaper bags, which I can understand. You can throw most of the bags in the gentle cycle. However, as nice are some of the prints are, they are quite… busy. Not to mention a bit on the pricey side.

So leads me to my little excursion in the hopes to find a small birthday present for a friend of mine earlier this week. As in the past, I had walked by this little boutique many times, never to wander in to browse. This time, I decided to give it a shot, even just to window shop. It’s primarily a baby boutique, although they make personalized cards and sell other little trinkets and gifts. They had a few of the new items to the VB collection in the center table by the entrance. I wandered towards the back wall, which it should be aptly titled the “Vera Bradley wall.” Out of the corner my eye, I noticed a sign tacked onto a basket on the floor “50% off selected items”. Lo and behold, two of the black microfiber bags I had drooled over a while back online were there. I decided not to pass up on such a good deal. I was curious as to why they were marked down. The reason? They were passé (i.e. “last year’s models”). I prefer to think of it as “vintage”. Whatever. I got a good deal on a good bag.

I walked out of the store with a new bag and zip for my friend’s birthday*.

* The shopping gods were smiling on me. I found something for her later that day.

Booga Bag body

Well, I finally finished up the Booga Bag body. It’s a great project to work on if you want to just knit in the round. It goes by quick. Here is my progress so far.

Booga Bag body

I’d start working on the i-cord, but I don’t have the right size DPN. I’ll be visiting my LYS shortly to pick up a new set.

Booga Bag craze

I decided to get on the Booga Bag bandwagon after trying out Special Companions, a mini-felted bag. It’s not as if I don’t have other projects to finish up! I purchased 3 skeins of Noro Kureyon at my LYS. The color is 148, which is a dark red/purple/reddish brown mix.

Noro Kureyon (color #148)

I had read posts from others who have used this yarn that it tends to break easily. With that in mind, I’m carefully knitting this bag. So far so good. It’s thinner than I expected, but the colors are pretty cool. I’m not usually a fan of variegated yarn, but this color scheme works for me. I prefer darker, earthtone colors. it seems almost a shame to felt this! But the finished results of other bags seem fine. I’m just getting used to the knit stitches of it currently.

Booga Bag made with Noro Kureyon (color 148)

It’s almost done… which isn’t saying much since I still have to make the handles, then off to felting it.