You already have the first 34 stitches on your needle for one long side, so you start with the short side closest to your right point. Is this a booga bag?
So many people have done this one that it's become clear that picking up the stitches twisted isn't really necessary. It also is awkward to get all the stitches on the needle the first round, but that it gets easier.
You might want to do a search for booga bag and see if you can get any other pointers.
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