Off the Hook: Beatriz Shrug


Well here it is... my latest (purple) crochet sweater. I'm on a roll with these lavender hued projects. (Remember this one from a few months ago?)  

This is the Beatriz Shrug from Inside Crochet's Issue 39, and it turned into exactly what I was looking for... a light and wispy sweater to throw over my shoulders on summer evenings.  





I'm really pleased with how this shrug turned out.  The ultra thin bamboo yarn gives it such beautiful drape and a pretty sheen. The shrug has a luxe, silky feel to it, but the slouchy shape keeps this little number all laid back. Gotta love that!

Also, I was worried that I'd have trouble with the bamboo yarn splitting as I worked with it, but that wasn't an issue for me on this one.  Thank goodness, because that would have gotten tedious with so many tiny stitches to get through in this pattern.




Project Details:
Pattern: Beatriz Shrug // Inside Crochet, Issue 39, March 2013
Yarn: Valley Yarns 5/2 Bamboo in Orchid (100% Bamboo; Yarn weight - Lace)
Time: Due to the teeny tiny yarn, it took a bit of time to hook this one up.
Difficulty: Pretty easy.  The pattern is simple and repetitive and construction was a breeze.  You just have to have patience to work with tiny lace weight yarn.
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This shrug is perfect for these balmy summer days. I'm definitely going to be cramming as many wears of this sweater in as I can before the cool fall weather arrives.

Up next on my crochet hook is another shrug, but at least this time it's not another purple one! A girl needs at least a little variety in her wardrobe. ;)



DIY: Fancy Fabric Storage Boxes


Right now, all my craft supplies are just thrown into empty shoe boxes, and I figured it was about time to jazz those old boxes up!  

Last year I shared a tutorial for creating fabric covered boxes, and I thought it would be fun to revisit that DIY to create some pretty storage for my craft room.  I had some bits of scrap fabric, including some floral fabric leftover from a sew-a-long with Darling Adventures and also this beautiful yard sale find. I figured this would be the perfect project to put those beauties to good use.

I followed the directions for my 'That's a Wrap" Fabric Covered Boxes tutorial, and before long I had some pretty storage that I could proudly display on my shelves.  Turns out that old, drab boxes just need a little pretty fabric to get all dressed up...

All you have to do is grab a box. Any old box will do:



You'll only need to gather a few supplies. (Tip: Just be sure the fabric is thick enough not to let any writing or designs on the box peek through.)



Get busy cutting your fabric and adhere it to the box with a touch of Mod Podge.  You can find all the details for these steps in the full tutorial here.



And, that's a wrap!



It's great when you find a project that is fun to recreate again and again.  My fabric wrapped box tutorial is definitely one I'll be revisiting a lot in the future. In fact, I still have many boxes left to cover! Over time as I accumulate more pretty scrap fabric, I'm planning to put it to good use to wrap up all those other boring old boxes that I'm currently using for storage.

So that's it! You just can't beat a project that uses supplies you have on hand, costs next to nothing and creates some pretty and functional storage.  

Do you guys have any projects you like to revisit as well? Also, do you have any favorite projects for using up bits of scrap fabric?  I'm always looking for ways to use up my stash.