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!

Saturday, 13 September 2014

A Knitted Shawl arrives today!

Good evening,

I would like to thank Paula953 for a beautiful Shawl received today. This one is Knitted with a fringe and I just love the colour of the yarn.

Shawls are always needed in the Care Homes and if you would like to make one please feel free. Knitted or Crocheted they will be very useful. Some of the Residents are really frail and I'm sure they would just love something around their shoulders.

Let's take a look now.




It's really lovely Paula953 thank you so much.

x Sue x

Monday, 8 September 2014

Another Delivery Day!


Good afternoon to you all,

Over the past few months Sunshine Blankets and Shawls have been arriving at my home and once again it's time for yet another Delivery Day! I am always so.....excited when this special day arrives because  I am  so passionate about what we all do for the Elderly.  It's rather like the 'end of the journey' if you know what I mean. 

It's really surprising how the Blankets and Shawls add up and I am even more surprised that I still get an awlful lot of interest from everyone in the Crafting Community. Ladies send Blankets and Shawls from all parts of the Country and even at times from other parts of the World and as I have said many times before I am so...grateful for your help. What started out as an idea back in January 2010 has now escalated into something so much bigger! We have now made  826 Sunshine Blankets - my original aim was to make 6 so we are doing really well. 

I have had a Home in mind for several months now. Ever since I visited Hasbury Residential Care Home, Kings Norton, Birmingham back in November. I found out from the Staff that they had a sister home in Kings Heath called Rosemary Lodge.  I looked on the internet and found out that Rosemary Lodge Care Home had 29 Residents so I have purposely been collecting for this Home.  

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Set on a busy main  road going in to Kings Heath,  Birmingham I set the sat nav and found it really easily. A lovely old house with lots of character I thought.        

The Home is owned by Sally and after speaking to her on the telephone I arranged  to go in  this morning to meet her. What a lovely Home! I was shown into the Lounge and offered a nice cup of tea and Sally came and sat with me.  It was lovely to be able to tell Sally about my Grandmother and why I felt the need to start the project. She said my Grandmother would be very proud.  I also told her how terribly kind Ladies are out in the Crafting Community to find time to Crochet and Knit for Residents in Care Homes. Sally spent a lot of time telling me about her work too. It was so interesting to speak to her. I admire all Staff who work in Care Homes every day must be very challenging but what a lot of satisfaction they must get from doing something so worthwhile. 

After my cup of tea I went out to the car and with the help from Sally (Right)  and a member of Staff we carried the Blankets in to the Home. We were all so excited. I lay the boxes on the floor and Sally agreed to having a few photos taken. I showed her some of the Blankets and one in particular made by Jenny our 16 year old 'SIBOLETTE'. Jenny wrote a little card with her Blanket and Sally thought it was a lovely thought. 


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Sally and the other member of Staff absolutely loved the Blankets and even tried on a few Shawls!
Sally mentioned they have some really frail old Ladies so the Shawls will be particularly useful. I would like to thank you all on behalf of Rosemary Lodge Care Home. Our work was very much appreciated and will certainly make a big difference to the Residents. 

Before I end this post .........

I just want to mention that Sally and Staff wrapped up the Blankets last November for 
their sister Home Hasbury ready for Christmas Day. They put them under the tree. She said it was really hard to keep them  wrapped until Christmas Day every one was wondering what on earth was under the tree!

The Blankets at Hasbury have been so well received by the Residents and actually she says it's really hard to put them in the wash because  they are so attached to them. They belong to each of the Residents and they think such a lot of them mainly because they haven't anything else personal to them. A lot of them  do not have visitors so gifts are very scarce. I'm sure the Residents at Rosemary Lodge will love them just as much.

"Delivery Days are just the best". It's so nice to be able to take photos to show you and I hope you have enjoyed reading my post. What we are doing is so worthwhile and it's so nice that Sally at Rosemary Lodge really appreciates what we have done for her two Homes. So a Big Thank You from me too!

In closing may I thank Sally and Staff for making me feel so welcome and hospitality shown I had a lovely morning. Thank you!

x Sue x 





Thursday, 4 September 2014

Christmas Gifts for the Elderly.

Good Morning and Welcome!

Today's post is concentrating on 'Christmas Gifts for the Elderly'. I just thought it would be nice if we could try something different out. The idea of adding Shawls to our project has definitely been a success now it's time for something else.  I should have started this a couple of months ago but as things have been rather hectic at home with my Daughter fracturing her ankle time has been limited. I'm sorry about that. Anyway, I thought it might be nice if we could make some items to give out to the Homes at Christmas.

I have asked Ladies in our RAVELRY Group for ideas and I have also spoken to a couple of Homes just to see whether they think it's a good idea.  They tell me their Residents do go out to the Shops, attend Hospital appointments, Garden Centres, evenings out  etc., and warm clothing is always very useful.  Such as Fingerless Gloves, Wrist Warmers, Scarves, Hats etc., Items like that. The suggestion of Bed Socks, Bed Jackets etc., would also be very much appreciated. Really anything you like. I have to say I don't really want Cardigans and Jumpers.

So.....if you have time on your hands this Autumn why not make at least one item for a Christmas present? It's nice to have something to do while watching the TV on an evening and at the same time doing something really worthwhile for an Elderly Resident.

For example  I've already received these Fingerless Gloves from Paula953 over on RAVELRY. Great aren't they? Thanks Paula953.

Paula953 'Fingerless Gloves' for the SIBOL PROJECT.

If you have any ideas you would like to run past me please feel free to mail me
I'm Sue 
on 
sueatpigsty@talktalk.net

Now today I have received a gorgeous Sunshine Blanket from Gill. Made in Cream and Burgundy this once again is a superb Blanket.

A great size, beautiful combination of colours and a matching Butterfly!

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Not only did I receive a Blanket from Gill I also received another Shawl and Butterfly to match.

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Beautiful work - 
Thank you so much Gill.
A lot of work went into these two items.
I know they will be loved.

Well I think that's all for today.

Bye

Sue x 

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Delivery day of Shawls today!

Good Afternoon and welcome!

I am writing two posts today so please scroll down there is something I would like you to see. I ordered a Bergere de France catalogue and it's jam packed of wonderful items! It's all free and you also get £10.00 off your first order.

Okay so with your help we have had a mountain of Shawls arrive recently. I can't thank you all enough for your wonderful support. When 'silver surfer' first mentioned it back in January I wondered whether you'd all be interested. But soon after the Shawls started arriving.

Back in May I delivered 10 to The Grove Residential Care Home in Solihull and I promised to go back with another 20 so all of their Residents could have one.  Today was the day for me to return.
I emailed them this morning and Jayne - The Deputy Manager kindly replied back saying yes of course we would love them. I arranged to go in at 2.00pm this afternoon.



We have had Shawls arrive from all parts of the country and it's so lovely to see all of the different designs arriving.

Jayne invited me in to the Lounge to meet the Residents. What a lovely home they have! So welcoming. The Residents were sitting in the Lounge some with our Sunshine Blankets draped on their chairs and Jayne started asking some of the Ladies if they would like a Shawl. They also agreed to having their photos taken which is always an added bonus. It's so lovely to see them
modelling  them. Let's take a look now.

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A Shawl to match this Ladies own Blanket.

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If I remember correctly this Lady was 98! Such a happy Lady. She chose Green. The Residents and Staff asked me to thank  you all for your kindness they loved them.

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As you can see our Shawls were accepted so well. The idea of Shawls has been such a success and if you think you would like to make one then please feel free. We are always in need of them.

I called to get a bit of shopping on the way home afterwards and when I opened my mail up I noticed a mail from Jayne at the Home.

Dear Sue

Thank you so much for the shawls that your group have kindly made and donated to the residents of The Grove Residential Home.
Our ladies in particular will enjoy them as much as your ladies enjoyed making them.

Please pass on our sincere gratitude to all involved.

With kind regards

Jayne Ryley
Deputy Manager
The Grove Residential Home (Solihull)


Thank you so much for mailing me Jayne. It is so nice to know that our work is appreciated and that you will find them useful.

Thanks to you all another successful 'Delivery Day!' 

x Sue x




Bergere de France yarns catalogue.

Hi everyone!

This isn't really 'SIBOL' related but I just wanted to show you what I had come in the post today!
I sent off for a free catalogue 'Bergere de France' yarns here's the LINK. It's full of great things to make and buy and what I like most about it is the colour cards. Years ago it was very easy to get hold of them but these days we have to rely on the colours on line and it's so much nicer  to see what you are actually buying.

I've taken some photos to show you what' inside.


















Isn't it lovely to sit for a few minutes with a nice cup of tea and look at all the things that make us happy? Crocheting Hooks, Knitting Needles, yarn winders etc? Why not order one yourself there is £10.00 off your first order too! The Link is at the top of the post.




x Sue  x

Monday, 1 September 2014

A new day...... a new Shawl for the Elderly.

Good afternoon,

I would like to thank 'jenn1feranne' Scotland for a really unusual Shawl received today.
Made in red and white this is going to be such a talking point in the Home I will be visiting to
deliver it. I love the style of the Shawl I think it's come out really well. Although 'jenn1feranne'
tells me that it was an experiment and it took her longer than what she had hoped I think it was
well worth the time spent on it.

Here's the Link over to 'jenn1feranne's' project page over on RAVELRY. ''jenn1feranne' has some amazing work in her projects you might like to spend half an hour looking at everything. You're one clever lady 'jenn1feranne!'

Thank you so much for sending this Shawl to me I know it will be loved.


'jenn1feranne' thank you for the Shawl. It's so pretty. x


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This one is a little bright sorry about that.

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I do hope you will scroll down to see what's new. We have been busy lately.

If there is anything you'd like to ask me please feel free to mail me on
sueatpigsty@talktalk.net
I'm Sue

x

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Ripples and Squares.

Good afternoon and welcome!

I am very pleased to be showing you two super Sunshine Blankets received today. They have both been made by Gill. The first is a very colourful ripple Blanket and the second a Granny Square one. Both made in wonderful colours once again these are ideal for Residents in a Care Home.





I love the added Butterfly Gill thanks so much. Your work is amazing! I know these will give a lot of comfort to two Residents.

x Sue x

Friday, 29 August 2014

SIBOL - 'Knit Today' Issue 103 and beautiful Gifts for the Elderly arrive.

Good evening!

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If you are visiting 'SIBOL' today through 'Knit Today' welcome! 

I'm very pleased to be telling you that we have an article published in issue 103 October 2014. This article describes our work so well and there are some gorgeous photographs of our Sunshine Blankets and Shawls. I can even spot my little piggie ornament on the window sill 'see if you can see it!' :)

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We have now made in total 822 'Sunshine Blankets' since January 2010 and  the Homes are always very grateful for our help. 

If you would like to read the article in full please click on the photo and it will take you to Flickr where you can enlarge the text. When the photo comes up go the right where there is an arrow and a line underneath click on it and then click on 'original' size. (It's not that good though sorry).

Details about our work are over on SIBOL CHALLENGES.

I do have to up-date the Blog over there - we are now making 'Christmas Gifts' for the Elderly. This is the first time I've invited Ladies to make smaller items for them especially for Christmas such as Bed Socks, Warm Hats, Fingerless Gloves, Bed Jackets and useful items like that. So if you would like to make something smaller please do. Of course we are still accepting Knitted and Crocheted Blankets and Shawls to keep them warm  too.  If there is anything you would like to suggest please email me Sue on sueatpigsty@talktalk.net. I'd love to read your ideas.

Paula953 has taken this Challenge on and this morning I have received some beautiful Knitted Fingerless Gloves. Just take a look at these.






Aren't they superb! My idea is to collect items for the Elderly and then just before Christmas to take them in as Christmas Gifts from us all. Please join in! I'd love to receive your donations.

Paula953 has a Blog  'The Nutty Knitter' why not pop over and say hello here's the LINK. Thanks so much Paula x
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I also received a large parcel today from baw1812. I'm so grateful for everything that was inside. Before we look at what she has sent she'd like to tell us some latest news about 'parcel2go.com' that she read on Martin Lewis's web site. 

1st time users of parcel2go.com can get one free delivery (up to £10) up to the end of September. You need to enter the code OFFERFREE. So if anyone else has anything to send to Sibol HQ (or anywhere else!) in the next few weeks and haven’t already used Parcel2go make sure you remember this offer!

I'm very grateful to you for telling us Bev. Thank you.
Now let's look at what she's made for the Elderly Residents.

The first Shawl has a name it's called 'Banana Split'. Here's the LINK.



I think this is a wonderful name for such a gorgeous Shawl.  I love the edging too.

Then we have 'Spring Fling!' Here's the LINK if you want to check out the pattern. Shawls are a great way to use up your un-wanted yarn and they are certainly very useful to throw over the shoulders to keep those chills away.



These colours are perfect!

Now 'The Amita Shawl' and here's the Link for the details. Love the contrasting colours in this one.  I found a perfect Butterfly in my Butterfly Stash too. This Shawl has been made up in chunky yarn and although it's holey I thought it was very warm. Ideal for someone Elderly.




baw1812 chooses great names for her Shawls this one is 'Splash Shawl' here's the LINK. This is so different I love the colour combinations used. A great Butterfly decorates it too thanks very much for making it.



Next we have a Sunshine Blanket to show you. Squares were sent in and baw1812 very kindly assembled for us. You've made a fantastic job of putting them together in this Blanket. I love the purple joining yarn which you have used for the edging too. Thanks so much for your help. We have called this one 'Patience'. All of our Sunshine Blankets have names and this is perfect.




Thanks to everyone for sending in the Squares for this Blanket too.


Butterflies were also enclosed with the Blanket and Shawls  and we are always in need of them to decorate our Sunshine Blankets so if you would like to try Crocheting some please do here's the LINK to Netties Blog in Australia.

What an exciting day today! First of all I find out that we have an article in 'Knit Today', then I receive beautiful Fingerless Gloves from Paula953 and then a parcel arrives from baw1812 containing a Sunshine Blanket, Shawls and pretty Butterflies. It's been a very busy day here at SIBOL HQ but I've thoroughly enjoyed it. 

Thanks so much to everyone who has contributed to the 'SIBOL' project in the past. Also to Paula953 and baw1812 for their wonderful donations today and to you too for visiting our 'SIBOL' Blog. I'm very grateful to everyone.

If you have any enquiries please do not hesitate to contact me.
I'm Sue on sueatpigsty@talktalk.net

We also have a Group on RAVELRY. Everyone is welcome to join us.
Here's the LINK.

Bye for now

x Sue x