'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, 15 April 2014

Catching up....

Good Afternoon and Welcome!

It's lovely to be popping in to the SIBOL Blog to show you what's new. I do apologise for the lack of posts this is due to work going on at home and also my lap top playing up. Anyway here goes.. First of all I would like to thank 'jessiebonbon' for the beautiful Shawl and Blanket received. As you know we have started making Shawls for the Elderly and it's become quite popular now. We've had some lovely ones come in. 'jessiebonbon' has made one with a little pocket crocheted on which I think is a really good idea.

jessiebonbon thank you for the Shawl

I love the shade of Pink 'jessiebonbon' thank you so much.

Next we have a 'Sunshine Blanket' that 'jessiebonbon' put together for us. The Squares were from the 'Lovingly Made' Knitting Group. Beautiful Squares and the joining is perfect many thanks to you both.


Christine has also sent in a stunning 'Sunshine Blanket'. Lovely bright colours which the Elderly love.


I love large Granny Square Blankets and they are a good way of using up un-wanted yarn. Thanks so much Christine it's very kind of you to think of SIBOL.

MarilynJG has very kindly assembled some Squares for me. Just take a look at this one. They are all so different. That's what I love about our 'Sunshine Blankets'. This one has flat braiding. There are plenty of videos on You Tube to try why not pop over there. Thanks MarilynJG!


We've had such a lot of Blankets arrive, I hope they are giving you inspiration!

Last week I was very fortunate to meet baw1812. She was visiting Cadbury World with her family and popped in on the way home. She very kindly made a great selection of Shawls and also brought me two 'Sunshine Blankets'. Not to mention the pretty Butterflies!

baw1812 Thank you for the Shawl.

baw1812 Thank you for the Shawl.

baw1812 Thank you for the Shawl!

baw1812 Thank you for the Shawl.

Fantastic! Aren't they pretty? Why not have a go!
Why not pop over to baw1812's RAVELRY page to find out morel.

Here's the Link.

I also received two 'Sunshine Blankets'. The first one is called 'Maybelle Blanket'.


What a bright Blanket! Full of lovely colour and such a pretty Pattern.
You'll see the details on baw1812's RAVELRY pages.

The next one was assembled by baw1812 but the Squares were from Diane.
You've put it together so well thank you very much. 

Thanks to Diane too for gorgeous Squares.


I also have some Butterflies to show you that baw1812 has made. They will be very useful.

Butterflies from Bev thank you.

The Ribbon will be great for our Blankets as well.

Stash Ribbon from Bev thank you.

Well I think that's it. Thanks to everyone that has sent in donations for the Elderly I'm very grateful to you all. Shawls and Blankets are gorgeous.

x Sue x 

Friday, 4 April 2014

Three Grannies to show you!

Good Afternoon and welcome!

I am very pleased to be showing you three lovely 'Sunshine Blankets'. They have been made and donated by June here in the UK. One a Large Granny Square Blanket and two others made out of Squares. Everything is perfect about these Blankets - they are all a nice size, so colourful and I know they are going to be very useful to the Elderly in the Homes I visit.

Let's take a look first at the colourful Granny Square Blanket.

659 June S. Thank you!


Isn't it lovely! So bright and cheerful.

Next we have some Granny Square ones.

658 June S. Thank you!


What a good way to use un-wanted yarn! 

657 June S. Thank you !


Wow! What stunners!

I am very grateful to you June. I know it takes quite a while to make a Blanket. It's time worth spent anyway because three Elderly people are going to receive a great deal of comfort from these.
Thank you very much indeed.

I also had some Squares arrive from Lovingly Made Knitting Group.
Thank you all very much. 

Lovingly Made thank you.

Thank you for popping in today.

x Sue x 

P.S. If you would like a little peep into my world 
follow the Flickr Link.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Squares and Ripples!

Good Evening and Welcome!

I have had a bumper delivery of 'Sunshine Blankets' arrive today from  'staceystoke' on RAVELRY       here in the UK. What a kind Lady to donate so many Blankets to our SIBOL project. We have a Blanket full of Squares and some gorgeous Ripples too! We are spoilt for choice today!

First of all lets take a look at the Granny Ripple which is made in green, white and beige.  'staceystoke' started making this one as the Spring Flowers were coming out. It reminded her of the Austrian hills where in the winter they are a skiing resort but in the summer most of the snow melts and they are great for hill walkers. This is a really fresh looking Blanket 'staceystoke' and I'm sure this was very relaxing to make. I have made Ripples myself but not a Granny Ripple, I must make one!



If you want to try making one I'm sure there are plenty of video's on You Tube to look at. Thank you it's super!

Next we have a Blue Ripple. As 'staceystoke' was working on this one it reminded her of a beachside cottage. She loved the soothing Ripples. So do I! Gorgeous colour combinations.



So lovely!

Then we have another Ripple one with reds and greens really made 'staceystoke' think of Autumn or a rustic sort of farmhouse.

Let's take a look now.



Then we have a Blanket made of Squares. 'stacey stoke has used left overs and scraps that she had lying about. This one doesn't really remind her of anything visual but it really is snuggly.

Perhaps you can think of names for these Blankets and pop over to RAVELRY on the Link given now.



'staceystoke' also sent some Ribbons which will be very useful, many thanks!

'staceystoke' hasn't been crocheting very long but I'm sure you will agree her work is beautiful. The Ripples have come out a treat and it's lovely also to be able to use some of that un-wanted yarn we all have in our stash.

I do hope you enjoyed making them as much as I have enjoyed receiving them.
I'm sure your Blankets are going to give four Elderly people a lot of comfort and I hope also
your Blankets have inspired others to have a go at making a  Ripple.

Bye for now!

x Sue x 

Monday, 31 March 2014

Sunshine Blanket 652

Good Afternoon to you!

With many thanks to 'creativegranny' we have another beautiful 'Sunshine Blanket' for the Elderly. A combination of Knitted and Crocheted Squares make this Blanket really interesting. I love the colour combinations!



I am most happy to receive donated Blankets from you, however I'm sorry I can't accept Squares. It's become far too expensive to send out to our 'SIBOLETTE'S' for assembling.

Any queries please contact me on


I'm Sue

Thank you!

Sunday, 30 March 2014

A new Shawl to show you!

Good Afternoon everyone!

I have some pretty Sunshine Blankets to show you today. Sally has very kindly assembled Squares from Irene our 90 year old SIBOLETTE. I'm sure you will agree they have come out really well. 




Not only has she assembled 'Sunshine Blankets' she also made up a Shawl for us.
The Knitted Squares look a treat.

Let's take a look at it.


Thank you very much Irene and Sally. Gorgeous work!

x Sue x 

Sunday, 9 March 2014

I Love Granny Squares.

Good Morning,

Two gorgeous Blankets arrived a couple of days ago from Denise and with everything going on here I haven't had chance to post photos of them. I do apologise for the quality of the photos as you know I am in a 'mess' here. If at all possible could you send Blankets after the 1st of April that would help me tremendously.

Denise has made two gorgeous Blankets for the Elderly and I would like to thank her very much indeed. Made in the traditional Granny Square style I know they are going to be loved. Let's take a look at them.



What fantastic colours in this Blanket Denise! So bright and cheerful. You all know Granny Squares are my favourite.

Then we have this one.....

647 With thanks to Denise a gorgeous Blanket.


Two beautiful colours co-ordinating together.

Superb work Denise. You are terribly kind thank you so much.

Thank you for visiting today!

x Sue x 

Monday, 3 March 2014

An update for you!

Good Morning to you all!

 Just popping in to tell you that I will be accepting your beautiful Sunshine Blankets any time after the 1st April. I'm so sorry this seems like a long time but I have been held up with things at home. Our 'dream Kitchen' has turned in to a bit of an on-going nightmare! 

Thank you 

 x Sue x

Una has left a comment for us.

Did you know postal charges are going up on March 31st? People might save a bit of money if they post on March 30th and they probably won’t reach you until after April 1st.

I think this is a really good idea Una thank you for sharing this information with us.