I'm one of the few people around here that hasn't done a Booga bag, but this question gets asked a lot.
You've got your 34 stitches on your needle, right. Hold it in your right hand and start picking up the stitches from the short side nearest the point. Work down that side, across the other 34 stitches that you cast on and then up the short side. I've also read that this can be awkward, but eventually it gets done, and as you start knitting in the round, it gets easier.
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