I'll get around to felting the bag this weekend. It usually takes me forever to get Noro Kureyon to felt. I like the result to be a solid fabric that has almost no trace of the actual stitches. It takes forever, usually most of a day. I probably run it through at least half a dozen cycles. But I really like the end results and the colors/striping effect of Noro - so I'll keep using it. I also don't mind the knots and the little extra bits that are often floating in a skein. Heck, I knot the ends together when I start a new skein. I know that goes against good knitting practices but I wouldn't do it unless I was felting the thing. It's never been a problem and you cannot see the knot in the finished product.
When I felt something, I usually put in a small squirt of Ivory dishwashing liquid in the washer. And no, I've never had the washer burp bubbles all over the laundry room. You don't need much - a little dab will do ya just fine. The knitted item goes in a mesh laundry bag that has a zipper. I sometimes throw in some old towels, jeans, or sometimes even a tennis ball or two. I choose the hottest setting my machine will allow and then start the cycle. I also let the complete cycle run - yes even the spin cycle. The spin cycle is supposed to terribly deform the object and pull it all out of shape. But it is the blocking that creates the shape of the final piece. Yes, this is another rule I break, but I can't see any damage the spinning does and the drying time is cut down. Besides, I'm not much for rules. And yes, I do know what I am doing is technically fulling, but I don't get all bent about terminology either. I just repeat the washing cycles until the thing is felted and the stitch definition is all gone or it is as small as I can possibly stand without having to give it to my nieces for their dolls.
I did read a tip on Knitty that Murphy's Oil Soap is a good thing to use. I might give that a try. The piney scent may be better than the wet sheepy smell the process usually produces. Although the smell is not present when the object is dry. I've also seen that some people throw their projects in the dryer between cycles. It makes me a little nervous though to completely change my process now. This is my second attempt using this pattern and I wasn't pleased at all with the first results. So for that reason, I had to do another and I have to get this one right. I want a bag that I will use. I'll be really disappointed if I have to throw this one out too. Well, stay tuned. Hopefully by Sunday I'll be able to post the final results.