As at 12th August 2014

We have now made 813 'Sunshine Blankets' and
63 'Shawls' which have all been hand delivered by
myself and a few other Ladies over time to Care &
Nursing Homes in the UK.

Thanks to everyone for your support. x

SIBOL BUTTERFLIES.

Butterflies are always needed for decorating our Sunshine Blankets and Shawls for the Elderly.
If you are interested in making any please follow the Link to Netties Blog in Australia. Thank you.




It is so important that email addresses and names are enclosed with your donations of Sunshine Blankets, Shawls and Butterflies please. Thank you!


'Crochet keeps our hands busy so our minds can rest. It is a gift to help quiet the world around us, if even for a moment. To create -- and think of those we create for --is a quiet prayer of hope, love and dreams all wrapped up in a hook, a book and a ball of yarn. Author Anonymous. Thanks Cynthia.
I NO LONGER ACCEPT KNITTED OR CROCHETED SQUARES. I DO HOWEVER ACCEPT MADE UP BLANKETS FOR THE ELDERLY IN CARE HOMES. I'D BE VERY HAPPY TO RECEIVE YOURS! THANK YOU! 'SIBOL' is a charitable outlet for your Crocheting and Knitting Skills why not join us? Together we are 'Sending a ray of Sunshine into the Lives of the Elderly.' All enquiries please contact Sue on sueatpigsty@talktalk.net Thank you!

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Jenny's Blanket (aged 16) for the 'SIBOL' Project.

Good evening everyone!

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A few days ago I received a gorgeous 'Sunshine Blanket' from a young lady called Jenny. Jenny is 16 years of age and she has been making a Blanket for us for two years. I think this is a wonderful achievement for her and I am very grateful indeed to her for donating the Blanket to our 'SIBOL' project.

It's a wonderful Crocheted Blanket made in two shades of green and cream and it would be ideal to fit a single bed.  Very often the Homes like larger Blankets when someone is feeling a little poorly so that they can put an extra layer on to the bed. I know this Blanket is going to be terribly useful to someone and I really appreciate all the effort that has gone in to it. I asked Anne her Mother if she would like to invite Jenny to write a Blog post for us. I'm sure you will find this very interesting.


Here is Jenny’s blog contribution:
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“Hi!  I’m Jenny and I have been crocheting for SIBOL for about two years now, ever since I was 14 years old.   My mum does crochet and was reading a magazine featuring an article about SIBOL, and she said they were in need of blanket contributions.  Because I had been ill for some months and unable to attend school, mum taught me to crochet and suggested that I might like to contribute a blanket for an elderly person.

We went to the wool shop and I chose the colours for my blanket.  I chose neutral colours since I was not sure whether my blanket would go to a lady or a gentleman and I wanted to make sure that it was suitable for either.  I worked on my blanket over two years because I had to fit it in around my homework.  I took it twice to America on holiday when I went to visit my grandparents, so it has made a few transatlantic trips!  I hope that whomever gets my blanket enjoys it as much as I have enjoyed working on it.  Mum has taught me to make granny squares next, so I hope one day I can make another blanket for SIBOL.”
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Thank you so much for your Blog post Jenny I'm so pleased you wrote for us. I'm sure the other 'SIBOLETTE's' and readers of our Blog who visit us from all over the world  will be very interested to read about your Blanket. It's an amazing piece of work for someone so young and it's
great to read why you made the Blanket and why you chose those particular colours.

Whoever receives this Blanket will love the little note you put in an envelope for them. I think this really is a great personal touch and I'm sure it will bring tears to their eyes knowing that you spent
many hours making it for them.

It's been my pleasure to take some photos for you thank you so much for all your hard work.

Thank you also to Anne her Mother for showing Jenny the basic Crochet stitches. Let's hope this is the start of a Craft that will give her many hours of pleasure.

Thank you for popping in to 'SIBOL' today!

x Sue x


Saturday, 16 August 2014

Delivery Day on a Saturday!

Good Evening,

It's been a very busy day here in 'SIBOL' Land. First of all this morning  I have received two gorgeous 'Sunshine Blankets' and a 'Shawl' from Sally and then later on in the day  joyce28, Maria and Maria-Jesus visited a Care Home in East Grinstead for me. It's so nice that our 'Sunshine Blankets' can be given to those further afield. We have some great photos for you of their visit but first of all let's take a look at Sally's work.

This Blanket I think is perfect for an Elderly Gent, beautifully Knitted it is so warm. I don't know about you but I think the days are starting to get chilly now. A Blanket for someone Elderly is a wonderful Gift.

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Sally has also Crocheted a Blanket using the Good ol' Granny Square.
Made in yarn from her Stash once again this Blanket is a good size and is so colourful. This one too could be ideal for a Gent - why not?

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All  of our 'Sunshine Blankets' are decorated with Ribbon and 'SIBOL' Butterflies. The Butterflies are rather like our 'trade-mark' if you like. Butterflies were attached from around Blanket 7 or 8.

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Not only did Sally make Blankets but she also made a colourful Shawl. We have now made over 60 Shawls for the Elderly. Take a look at this beauty!

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This one reminds me of 'Harlequin'. I suppose if we did name our Shawls it would be perfect.

Gorgeous Knitted Squares Sally thank you.  Butterflies were also enclosed in Sally's parcel.

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Once again perfect! 

Sally has sent us numerous Blankets over the months and has also helped me assemble Irenes' Squares too who is 90 years of age.  I'm very grateful for your help Sally thank you so much.

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Now I'm very grateful to Maria and Maria-Jesus who have teamed up today with joyce28  to visit a Home on my behalf. As joyce28 lives near to Brendoncare Stildon Care Home in East Grinstead she got in touch with them to ask if they would be happy to accept our 'Sunshine Blankets'. I am very pleased to be telling you that they loved our Blankets and joyce28 has very kindly written a report for us and she has also enclosed some photographs.

Ladies in the 'SIBOL' Group sent Blankets this time directly to joyce28 and on receipt she very kindly tied them up with pretty Ribbon and added some 'SIBOL' Butterflies.

Let's have a look at the photos now.

                                           Sunshine Blankets all piled up ready to go.

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                                                             The car loaded up.

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Then off they go to Brendoncare Stildon Care Home in East Grinstead.

A lovely photo of the Home. It looks really nice.

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A report about the visit now.

"Well here we are back from Team London’s first delivery on behalf of SIBOL.
On Saturday Maria, Maria-Jesus and Joyce28 delivered a selection of blankets and shawls (approx 28 in total) to Brendoncare Stildon Care Home in East Grinstead.
We were greeted by Jo the events co-ordinator and had the joy of meeting some of the residents in the lounge, before Jo took us round a few of the rooms to offer blankets and shawls to other residents. All were able to choose a blanket or shawl that they took a fancy to. Some were happy to chat about their knitting endeavours and one lady was keen to tell us how she made socks for the soldiers during the war!
The blankets “sold” better than the shawls, but maybe when someone models one, others will want one too! Everyone seemed very happy with their choice.
It was an amazing experience for all three of us, yes it was a bit daunting to begin with but we were soon chatting to some of the residents and Jo made us feel right at home with a cuppa!
Thanks to all the ladies who supplied squares, blankets, and shawls to make this visit possible."

A wonderful report Ladies thank you and now for some more photos.

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Wonderful photos of the Residents choosing a Blanket. I'm sure they will be talking points for many days to come.

I would like to thank joyce28, Maria and Maria-Jesus for doing this on behalf of the 'SIBOL' Group. It really is lovely of the three of you to take time out of your weekend to visit the Home.

As you know I live in Birmingham in the West Midlands so mainly our Blankets are delivered locally to where I live so it is really nice that our 'Sunshine Blankets' can be given further afield and that more Elderly Residents can benefit from our work. Many of the Residents do not have visitors and to know that Ladies in the Crafting  Community  have made a Gift for them really does make a difference.

In closing may I thank Jo - the Events Co-Ordinator at Brendoncare Stildon Care Home in East Grinstead for the hospitality shown to our 'SIBOLETTE's' and for accepting our Blankets. It has been a pleasure to pop in today.

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I will be showing you Jenny's Blanket  very soon. Jenny is 16 years of age and over the last two years she has been Crocheting for the 'SIBOL' project. She has made a wonderful 'Sunshine Blanket' for the Elderly and I am going to devote a whole post to her so please keep popping in to the Blog. She deserves a post to herself I think.

Thanks to you all for visiting the Blog today and taking an interest in our work for the Elderly.

If there is anything you would like to ask me please feel free to mail me.

I'm Sue on sueatpigsty@talktalk.net

                                                 and more details are on SIBOL CHALLENGES

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Friday, 15 August 2014

Gorgeous Knitted Blankets arrive today!

Good evening and welcome!

I am very pleased to be welcoming new readers to our Blog.

I do hope you enjoy scrolling down our pages. You will be able to see all the wonderful Blankets we have made for Elderly Residents in Care Homes and also our past Charity Blankets some of which are down the right hand side of the Blog. Thank you very much to Anne, Jenny and Val today for sending me Blankets they are all superb. I will be showing you Jenny's Blanket over the next few days. She is only 16 and over the last two years she has been making a Blanket for 'SIBOL'. How terribly kind of her. Anne is her Mother and she has been mailing me about her Daughter's work. I want to write a special post showing Jenny's Blanket so please pop in again over the next few days. I can't wait to show you her beautiful Blanket. Val has very kindly sent me in two Blankets today and it's my pleasure now to be showing you. Both Knitted they certainly will be very useful to two lucky Residents!


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These Blankets are just so lovely!
Beautifully Knitted and a lovely change.
I really love the colours in both of them.

Thank you so much Val for taking an interest in our 'SIBOL' Project.

If you are on Facebook, Twitter or any of the other Social media sites why not mention our Group?
Or maybe you go to a Knitting Group yourself -
I am always very happy to welcome new members so
please invite your friends to join us. 

We also have a Group on RAVELRY.
Here's the LINK

So whether you Knit or Crochet have these Blankets inspired you to pick up your Knitting Needles?
I do hope so.



If there is anything you'd like to ask  me
please mail me

I'm Sue 
on 
sueatpigsty@talktalk.net

Thursday, 14 August 2014

A beautiful Granny Square Blanket to show you!

Good evening,

I'm all behind today. We went to the hospital to have my Daughter's cast removed. She's fine  but her ankle is very painful still. We have to go back again in 6 weeks time. I'm surprised 'no physio' have to do exercises at home. 'Cut backs' I suppose. Anyway I would like to thank Marion for a beautiful Granny Square Blanket received today. Such a gorgeous Blanket made in really lovely colours and once again ideal for one of the Homes I visit.

Let's take a look now.

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The border is perfect Marion and the Squares so pretty!
Thank you very much.

x Sue x 

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Butterflies fly in from Switzerland!

Good Afternoon,

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I would like to thank Bettina from Switzerland for these beautiful
'SIBOL' Butterflies.

Made in beautiful colours these really are going to brighten our
'Sunshine Blankets' for the Elderly.

The Residents in the Homes love our Butterflies and they really
are talking points for them.

So a Big Thank You to Bettina today!

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Now I have another Shawl to show you.
This one was made by me!
I don't have much time to make anything myself for 'SIBOL' as
taking photos of your work and writing the Blog takes up a lot of my time.
But these Shawls are reasonably quick to make so I hope I can make a few more.
Plus the fact I've had my Daughter at home with her broken ankle.

I do hope tomorrow that cast comes off!!

Here's my attempt.

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I do hope you will scroll down on previous posts there is always plenty to 
see here on the 'SIBOL' Blog.

If there is anything you would like to ask me please feel free to mail
me 

I'm Sue 
on
sueatpigsty@talktalk.net

Thanks for popping in today!

x Sue x 

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

A new Shawl arrives today!

Good afternoon!

Thanks very much to Una today for sending in this wonderful Shawl. A nice change from our triangular shape ones this too would be ideal for someone who needs a little warmth around their shoulders. What I like most is the added pocket - how handy to put tissues in etc., Someone is just
going to love it.

For your information the pretty Shawl measures roughly 68" x 18"  (73cms x 46cms)
I made something similar years ago. I know how warm they can be. The Shawl is made in cream, red and green and has a shell pattern on the sides. Pocket roughly 8" Granny Square.

If you would like to pop over to Una's Blog here's the LINK. 


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Isn't it lovely?

Do you know I have been sitting here thinking how excited I get when I receive your parcels.
Every parcel is just so special to open and I can't believe we have  now made over 800 'Sunshine
Blankets'. I have just checked on Flickr and we have now made 813! So well done everyone. I
know how much time goes in to making a 'Sunshine Blanket' or 'Shawl' and I just want you to know that I really, really appreciate everyone's help especially today to Una.

I am also accepting Blankets too all details are on HERE.

If you would like to put a little note in with your Blanket or Shawl for the person who receives your work I'd be most happy to attach it. I think it gives a nice personal touch and I'm sure someone would like to know a little about you. This in itself would brighten their day.

So in closing thank you very much indeed Una. I love your Shawl very much.

Thanks to everyone for popping in  from UK Hand Knitting Association and other web sites, we are certainly getting more  enquiries.

If there is anything you would like to ask me. I am always here on email.

  I'm Sue

              on sueatpigsty@talktalk.net

and you can see all of our work on 





   
                                    Bye for now

                                               x Sue x

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Saturday's parcels!

Good Morning to you all!

We've had post this morning from 'jenn1feranne' and 'Gill'.
Thank you both very much.

Gill has sent a lovely Granny Blanket made in such pretty yarn. Gill tells me this is the first Crochet Blanket that she has made in 50 years of absence from Crochet and the Butterflies on the Blanket are her first attempt on anything else other than a Blanket.  Well I must say you have mastered the Butterflies beautifully Gill and the Blanket is brilliant. It's a good size and I know it will give a lot of comfort to an Elderly person. I'm sure your Mother would be really pleased to know that you have picked up your hook again as she taught you Crochet stitches many years ago! So thank you very much indeed.

I will be taking the Blanket to a Home very soon. 

Let's take a look now at Gill's Blanket.

813 Thanks to Gill King.


The Blue and Red Butterfies are Gill's.  I love the variegated yarn in this Blanket. It's amazing
how well they have come together!

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Many thanks Gill.

Next we have another Shawl from 'jenn1feranne'.
Beautiful shades of Green in this one.

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Your hook has been smoking 'jenn1feranne',
thank you so much for donating this Shawl to the Elderly along with the 
others on recent posts.

If anyone is interested in making a Blanket or a Shawl you
are most welcome.

Details are on SIBOL CHALLENGES.

Any queries please do not hesitate to contact me
I'm Sue
on 
sueatpigsty@talktalk.net