Our SIBOL TOTAL IS 1376! Thank You!

Slideshow of Sunshine Blankets (Click on Left/Right Arrows).

Challenge Blankets
I'm Sue and can be contacted on

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

Butterflies LINK

'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@virginmedia.com Thank you!
Please Note

Please may I remind you to enclose your email address with parcels delivered to my home. If I don't acknowledge receipt it's because I can't find your address. Thank you.

Total 1384 Thank you!

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Guy Fawkes Night/Bonfire Night 5th November SIBOL Challenge.

Hi Everyone!

Today Mrs Twins has gone back to School  for a History lesson.   It's been a long time since I did any 'homework' so it's been quite a change  for me on this Tuesday morning.  ha.ha.!!

My research today has been on Guy Fawkes/Bonfire Night  for all my SIBOL friends. We have a Challenge on SIBOL for 'Firey, Bright, Sparkly, Explosive Squares!'  There may be friends in other countries who do not know about this yearly event so I will tell you.

Guy Fawkes was brought up as a Protestant, but later became a Catholic.  When James 1 became King in 1603, Guy Fawkes and other Catholics hoped for better treatment than they had received during Elizabeths 1's reign.  But James 1 allowed the persecution of Catholics to continue.  In 1604, a small group of Catholics, led by Robert Catesby, plotted to kill the King.  They invited Guy Fawkes to join them because of his ability to deal with explosives. (A bit of a bad boy I think!)

Anyway, the plan was to blow up the House of Lords when the King came to open Parliament on 5th November 1605.  They hired a cellar and filled it with gunpowder.  Guy Fawkes agreed to light the fuse. But the plot was discovered, and on 4th November Guy Fawkes was arrested.  Although he was tortured, at first he bravely refused to name the other conspirators.  Eventually he signed a confession, and was  tried and executed.

Guy Fawkes Night, also known as Bonfire night is an annual celebration held on the evening of 5th November to mark the failure of the Gunpowder Plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament.

All over the UK Fireworks are on sale, they have not as yet been banned as in Australia I think. Festivities are centred on the use of Fireworks and the lighting of Bonfires and of course many people make their own versions of Guy Fawkes to sit on top of the fires!

We have already had two beautiful Squares come in for this Challenge, can I remind you?

Margaret sent me these beautiful Squares

For our 'Bonfire/5th November Challenge.

Another great Square for Bonfire Night! Ooh! so brilliant Margaret, Thank You!

I have told you about the yearly event in the UK. Do you think now you could Crochet or Knit a couple of Squares with your own ideas?
There is a limit of 2 Squares
The Deadline is 31st September.

Why not have a go on our SIBOL Challenge? Thank you Karin for suggesting this post.

At lunchtime today I had two lots of Squares arrive.
I have combined them today in one Slide Show I hope you
don't mind Debi and Jean Nock.

DebiY  has sent in great Squares for our Men's Blanket and Jean Nock has sent in
Squares which have lovely Flowers in the centre. Both lots of Squares are really
nice and they will be so useful, thank you!!

Here's the Slide Show, sit back and enjoy Ladies!

Have a great day everyone and don't forget to have a think about the Bonfire Challenge!


  1. Wow Sue, that's quick!
    Thank you so much. It's good to know this story.
    It will definitely inspire us all!

    The new squares you received are so beautiful.
    Well done Debi and Jean!

    ~X~ Karin

  2. Thanks for the history lesson. What a good idea. By the way, I love the last Red/White and Blue. I think this is my favorite so far. Also, the linkie yesterday was appreicated and I did swipe you Flickr game. It's fun as I found some new friends.

    Great new arrivals.

    So, just how close are you and Mr. Postie getting?...he-he....

  3. Ooooh what a lovely idea! must try x

  4. Sue, I enjoyed learning about Guy Fawkes. Naughty boy. Debi's blue and purple squares are great as are Jean's flower squares. I really like the grey on Jean's.

  5. Thanks for the info Sue!
    I'll give the Bonfire Theme a try then!

  6. what a good idea to explain "Bonfire night" to everyone. I think there are a lot of people in the UK that still think we celebrate Guy Fawkes trying to blow up Parliament, not the fact that he (and the others) FAILED! Hence the burning of the Guy on the Bonfire of course!

    Lovely squares - must get thinking about what I can do for this challenge!

  7. Lovely Sue. Back from hols and getting into fireworks. Super idea.

  8. I'm pleased you are having some fun with the Challenge! x