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!

Monday, 31 January 2011

Squares from Australia.

Hello Every one!

I  hope you all had a nice weekend. You certainly kept me busy on Saturday! Thank you for all the beautiful Squares!

Today I received Squares from Jen in Australia. Please pop over to her blog and say hello. Thank you so much Jen for the three beautiful Squares.

The first one is the Jan Eaton Square.  Now this is No. 48 and it's called 'Danish Square'.  I think this has got to be one of my favourite Jan Eaton Squares. It's come up really lovely and I really like the colours you've chosen to make the Square Jen, thank you for sending them from 'down under!'.

Here's Jan Eaton  No. 48 'Danish Square'.

Jen has taken part in our Jan Eaton Challenge. This is No. 48 'Danish Square'. Nice pattern don't you think? Thanks so much Jen all so pretty!

I've made a Slide Show including the 'Circle of Friends' Square Jen, thank you! Enjoy!

Created with flickr slideshow from softsea.

Have a good day everyone!

Saturday, 29 January 2011

Lots and Lots of Squares arrive today! USA and UK--

Good Afternoon Everyone!

Thanks for your wonderful comments yesterday on getting in to 'Let's Get Crafting!'. Click on the photos below 'Mr. Twins' has very kindly scanned the pages for me. (I must ask him to show me for 'next time!' ha.ha.!)


I wrote about SIBOL!.....>

I'm really grateful to you all! It's so nice when we hit the magazines.

Well I've had 5 sets of Squares arrive today. We didn't have any yesterday so that's probably why, 'a back-log' at the Post Office.  We've had Squares come  in from bienzfive (USA), Pippa (UK), Jean Nock (UK), Rainbow Ribbon (RAV) (UK) and Mia Self (UK).  Thank you so much!

Lets start with................Mia Self!

Mia has sent a beautiful Square for the Farm Yard Challenge. An Apple Tree, simply beautiful. Can you spot the little white Rabbits? Pretty flowers too, gorgeous thank you Mia Self!

Mia Self (UK) Your Square arrived today! Thank You!

Then we have bienzfive (USA).  bienzfive has made some pretty Squares for our 'Spring Challenge'. They are gorgeous and....she sent me this adorable little Angel, isn't she lovely?  Take a look at her and then view bienzfive's Slide Show.  Thank you bienzfive, very very much!

Look at this beautiful little Angel bienzfive sent to me Ladies! Thank you so much!

Created with flickr slideshow from softsea.

Beautiful Squares from bienzfive!

I'm very happy to tell you that we have a new 'SIBOLETTE' today from the UK.  I'm welcoming 'Rainbow Ribbon' (RAV) Katherine.  Katherine I am so pleased you have made Squares for SIBOL. Your Squares are just lovely. I particularly like the colour combinations you have used and the yarn is just so nice. I'm pleased you are taking an interest in SIBOL. Thanks so much. I had fun taking photos of your Squares this morning.

I do love these Squares! So neat and the colours are just lovely!

I've made you a Slide Show sit back and enjoy!

Created with flickr slideshow from softsea.

Aren't they nice 'SIBOLETTES?' Thank you Rainbow Ribbon!

Next we have.........Jean Nock (UK).  Thank you so much this morning for the gorgeous Squares. I love them all, but of course the Flower Squares are my absolute favourite! Do you remember I made 'Sweet Flowers' SIBOL No. 47 with some Squares that she sent before? If you want to see the 'Sunshine Blanket' I made with her Squares please scroll down the right side of the web-site. No. 47.  Thank you so much.

Beautiful Flower Squares Thank you! I love them. Do you Ladies?....>

Now your Slide Show....

Created with flickr slideshow from softsea.

I told you they were nice....Thank you once again for your help.

Pippa (UK) from the MSE Forum very often sends me Squares and today she has sent me these beauties! They are just so pretty and she wants to take part too in the 'Circle of Friends' Blanket. Would you like to see Pippas' Squares now? 

'Circle of Friends' - beautiful! Love the colours!

It's my pleasure to make you a Slide Show Pippa, enjoy watching your Squares and thanks so much!

Created with flickr slideshow from softsea.

Well what a wonderful morning I've had taking photos of your beautiful Squares and making the Slide Shows for you! It's my pleasure, I enjoy doing it for you.

From the mail that I get it seems to me that everyone gets such a lot of inspiration from over on Flickr but most importantly our SIBOL web-site!  The enjoyment of visiting SIBOL is that virtually every day there are new Squares to be seen. We get ideas from others which is really nice. 

Please check out

Flickr photos
Our Flickr (SIBOL Group)
SIBOL - The Archive
SIBOL Challenges

and of course now we are on Ravelry.  I would like to get some new topics going on over there if anyone has new ideas. Aishwarya very kindly has loaded all the 'Sunshine Blankets' on to one of the pages, and every day she loads up new Squares arriving. She is visiting her Mother at the moment, but she will put the latest ones on when she gets back. Thank you Aishwarya.

Sign up and join our Ravelry Group over there or why not join Flickr if you haven't already.

OOh, I've just remembered to say.

Would anyone like to 'team blog' with us?
You can team blog about anything to do with SIBOL.
So you may just be telling us how you found SIBOL, or maybe you'd like to tell us how you started Crocheting.  Perhaps you have made Squares for SIBOL and would like to take a photo your end before they leave you. You are most welcome to write about them and post a photo.
So write about anything to do with SIBOL only please.

On SIBOL - The Archive. Once again you can 'team blog' with us. Would you like to share that special pattern you used for SIBOL Squares? It would be nice to get some new Squares on the web-site over there and of course see what's already loaded on.

To 'team blog' with us you will need an invitation. So please email me sueatpigsty@talktalk.net
and I will send one to you.

Oh well, I'm finally off to my Mothers. Have a nice afternoon everyone and thank you all so much for the continued support!

Friday, 28 January 2011


Good Afternoon Everyone!

It's so....cold here in the UK today....I'm freezing!  But I just popped out to the supermarket to see if the 'Let's Get Crafting!' magazine had hit the shelves and guess what!!!!!!

Yes, we've hit a mag again! OOh, I'm so excited.......

After I had delivered our 44 'Sunshine Blankets' to Nursing Homes in the UK. I wrote up to a couple of magazines, and I'm very happy to say......That SIBOL has been featured! 

I wrote up to 'The Write Stuff' to see if my letter would be the 'Star Letter' winning £50 worth of Hobby Craft vouchers.  Well I didn't quite make the 'Star Letter' nevermind but .......we've  had our SIBOL Letter printed and that's really important, isn't it?

When Mr. Twins comes home I'll ask him to scan the page (I don't know how with this new computer upstairs) and then I will show it to you! Not a good picture here, sorry.

Thank you all! The Blanket featured was 'Strawberry Fields'.
It's made my day.....Thank you SIBOLETTES.

No Squares today.....

Have a good weekend everyone!

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Squares from UK and the USA!

Good Afternoon Everyone!

Thank you for visiting SIBOL today! 

First of all may I thank you all for your comments, whether it be on the last Sunshine Blanket or indeed on the beautiful Squares we are getting through for SIBOL.  It's very nice of you to take the time to comment.

Secondly, some advice from  Katherine  (UK).  She is sending some Squares to me for the first time and thought you might like to know the following.......... I'm sure she won't mind I've 'copied and  pasted' her advice.

"I had folded the squares up in a small padded envelope, but discovered from the post office assistant if I had left them flat in an A5 envelope which would have gone through the letterbox it would have been 66p, but as it ended up bulky it was £1.17. Not sure if this will be of interest to other ladies in the group. The package has to be 100grms or less. My 6 squares and padded envelope weighed 97grms, so although the weight  was no different,  the envelope was bulky because I had folded them in half, therefore costing more to send.

 I will of course make sure I do what the assistant suggested next time."

Thanks so much for this Katherine. This is a really good idea. I do from time to time get Squares which have been folded and it will definitely work out cheaper if it's done this way. Many thanks.

 We are welcoming to SIBOL today our new 'SIBOLETTES! NW Nature Nut (Michele) (USA) and Joanna (UK).

Please pop over to say hello to Michele. She has a great blog. If you like Nature she has some stunning outdoor photos there. She also likes 'hooking' too and has sent us some Squares.  It's nice to have you join us. A beautiful 'Circle of Friends' Square and two - Two Tone Green Traditional Grannies! Love them!

NW Nature Nut (USA) Your Squares arrived today! Thank You!

A great selection of Squares Michele, I've made you a Slide Show, sit back and enjoy! Thanks very much for the Squares.

Created with flickr slideshow from softsea.

Joanna  (UK)  is new too! Welcome! It's always nice to have new Ladies.  Joanna has recently bought the Jan Eaton book and although she is a little late for the current Challenge, she has been trying her hand out at some of the other  Squares and very good they are too!

Joanna (UK) Your Squares have arrived! Thank You!

Joanna has made some Jan Eaton Squares.
No. 173  'Big Round'
No. 43    'Four Patch Granny'
No. 140  'Solid Square'

and also two 'Two Tone Green Traditional Granny Squares'
Enjoy your Slide Show Joanna! and many thanks!

Created with flickr slideshow from softsea.

bonsall (UK) Thank you for the Squares today, they are so...lovely. You know how much I like 'Picture Squares!'.  She has made these two Squares for our 'Young At Heart' Blanket. I think they are gorgeous!

You're going to love this little girl with her Skipping rope for our 'Young At Heart' Blanket! Beautiful!

but then....We have a little boy playing with his football! so....cute! I love these picture Squares bonsall, what fun! Do you like them Ladies? I do....

Some Squares for our 'Mens' Blankets and a 'Flower Square' too. Please enjoy your Slide Show bonsall!
Great Squares and I appreciate them! Thank you!

Created with flickr slideshow from softsea.

I do hope you have enjoyed the Slide Shows, thanks so much for sending the Squares in to me! I hope you enjoyed making them for SIBOL.

Have a nice day everyone!

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

'The Black and White' Collection.

'The 'Black and White' Challenge
Thank You to everyone that has sent me Squares for this Challenge.
I had great fun putting them together!"

The 'Black and White' Sunshine Blankets!

The 'Black and White' Challenge.

                                                              52.     'English Newspaper!'
Thank you to everyone that has contribute Squares for this 'Black and White' Challenge. 'Please add note if you see your Square!'.

                                                                   51.   'Zebra Candy
Thank you to everyone that has contributed Squares for this Black and White Blanket. 'Please add note if you see your Squares!'

                                                                   50. 'Liquorice Allsorts'
I love this Black and White the best! SIBOL 50. 'Please add note if you see your Square!'

                                                                      49.  'Licorice Dreams'

Thanks to al who have contributed Squares for this Challenge. 'Please add note' if you see your Square! Thank You! 'Licorice Dreams'.

                                                                        Thank You!
                                                 Such beautiful Squares from all over the

On a more colourful note today. I have had Squares come in from itty_bitty0063! Thank you Brenda for the 'Circle of Friends' Square and also two Squares for our Farm Challenge.  They are GORGEOUS!! Hasn't she made a good job of these!

She mastered it! 'Circle of Friends!' Thanks so much for the Squares, I love them all!

'Circle of Friends'.

Miss Pigglet for Farmland Challenge adapted from 101 Squars by Jean lei Hauser No.99 Brilliant!

'Miss Piglet' adapted from 101 squares by Jean lei Hauser No.99

and 'Corn on the Cob' - Brenda you have such good ideas! Thank you so...much! Lovely Squares once again.

Corn on the Cob - 'Farmland Challenge'. Gorgeous itty_bitty!

Thank you for visiting SIBOL today! Enjoy your hooking!

itty_bitty0063 (USA) Your Squares arrived today! Thank Y ou!

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

'What's Black and White and 'Red' all over? SIBOL No. 52

Hi Everyone!

Welcome to all our new Followers......

Well I've been very busy today with SIBOL.  It seems as though I have been on this computer all day! I don't mind though.  I need my Secretary here, dear Aishwarya! She's a good girl you know, she's taken care of 'Ravelry' for me. She's very professional, she really is, very quick on the mark loading up all the new Squares for me over there.  Well Singapore is a quite a few hours in front of us, so when she wakes up tomorrow she'll have some more Squares and ' a Blanket' to load up. If you haven't already  been over to Ravelry, please do.  Introduce yourself to us and have a chat, why not? The button is on the top of the page to the right. 

I have to thank you.  A BIG thank you!  For today I am showing you the 52nd Blanket.  It's called 'The Newspaper Blanket' because.....it's Black and White and 'Red' all over! ha.ha.  The Squares you have sent in for this Black and White Challenge have simply been absolutely AMAZING!! The variety has just been so wonderful.  It's always such a pleasure to see what comes in. It's a pleasure too to crochet them all up.  So can you do this in your head? Or do you need a Calculator?  52 'Sunshine Blankets' now, 25 Squares in each.  Answers at the bottom of the page! :)

Without further a do, because I have to get the tea on..... Ta - Dah! Introducing SIBOL No. 52 'The Newsaper Blanket'. 

Thank you to everyone that has contribute Squares for this 'Black and White' Challenge. 'Please add note if you see your Square!'.

I told you they were beautiful Squares.  I give you a Challenge and you certainly all do your very best.

Here's the Slide Show now for 'The Newspaper Blanket'. Enjoy!

Please pop back and see previous posts.  Squares that have come in today from the UK and The Netherlands and also 'The Garden Bells Squares'  and 'The Girls' which came in a few days ago.
I wouldn't want you to miss anything.

OOh!....the answer to my Maths question is.........1,300 Squares. Did you get it right? I hope so..

Bye for now.

Squares! Squares! Squares! Squares! UK and the Netherlands!

Hi Everyone!

Well a busy day here in 'Two Times'. Thank you for the gorgeous Squares received this morning!

I've had four lots of Squares arrive today from the UK and the Netherlands. Who shall we start with????
I know let's have a  look at Crochet3love (Flickr).  She has sent some lovely Squares in today. One for our Spring Challenge and the other for our 'Young At Heart' Challenge.

Crochet3love (UK) Your Squares arrived today! Thank You!

Such  pretty Squares  they are just lovely. The Handbag has been left open to put a little gift in what a wonderful idea! The other a  little Chick is so cute because he has a little wing that flaps out and the flowers are just so beautiful.  That one is for our 'Spring Challenge' Thank you very much Crochet3love.

The next two are from Kim.  (UK) Do pop over to her blog and say hello.  Kim has made a Square for the 'Jan Eaton Challenge'. It's the 'Christmas Rose' Square and it's No. 28 if you want to have a go at it.  The other one is a two tone Green Square. This is a lovely pattern.  Both Squares are lovely Kim thanks so much!

Kimblesathome (UK) Your Squares arrived today! Thank You!

bonsall (Flickr) (UK) has sent me some Squares today which are in pretty colours. I just love the colours she has chosen to make her Squares.  She has used textured yarn too which makes them look so different. We've also got 2 Farmyard Squares.  One is a cat and the other one is a cute piggie! Just have a look at these Squares. I'm sure you'll like them.

Such pretty Squares don't you think? I love the colours!

Then we cross over to the Netherlands to Sandra.  Sandra has been working very hard for SIBOL and has sent  10 Squares!  All so different and they are just lovely. Squares for our 'Two Tone Green Granny' and a 'Circle of Friends' Square. Such a pretty 'Jan Eaton' Square too, it's No. 46 and this one is called 'Meadow'. I love the colours you have chosen to make the Square up Sandra. Another Square towards our Flower collection. You will probably recognise it. 'Dahlia' another Jan Eaton.  Great selection of Squares Sandra. I'm going to have fun with these.  Thanks so much for taking the time and trouble to put these together for us.

Sandra (Netherlands) Your Squares arrived today! Thank You!

Created with flickr slideshow from softsea.

Well you've certainly been keeping me busy today! Thank you all so much. They are all absolutely wonderful, I'm sure you will agree.  I have made a Slide Show but I have made a joint one if that's okay. It does take a lot of time and I've had a lot of Squares today.  I do hope you all enjoy looking at 'Squares from the UK and the Netherlands'.

Thanks for visiting SIBOL today.

Monday, 24 January 2011

Squares from the USA and the UK!

Good Morning to everyone!

Thanks for visiting SIBOL today. I hope you all had a nice weekend.

I have some Squares come in today from The Garden Bell over in the USA. Thanks so much Kate. Kate has a fantastic blog I do hope you will pop over and say hello. The photographs she takes are just absolutely beautiful. Her blog too is just so funny!

Kate has very kindly sent me a Square for the 'Circle of Friends' and some others too, which are all just lovely. The variety of yarn has certainly made the Squares look so different. All very good colour choices. I love the Green Squares, great shades of green.

Beautiful Green Squares TGB, great patterns. I love them. Thank You!

Thanks so much for making the Squares Kate I know you have been very busy with your own Circles!

I also had some Squares sent in from 'The Girl' (UK)  'The Girl' very kindly wrote us a team blog post, I do hope you will pop back and read what she wrote. She has found that making the Squares has helped her take her mind off a few things. 'That's SIBOL for you!'.

She also has a lovely blog. Why not pop over and say hello! Her Squares are for the Two Tone Traditional Granny Square Challenge in Green.

The Girl (UK) Your Squares have arrived! Thanks so much!

I have put your Squares together in a joint Slide Show, sit back and enjoy Ladies. Many thanks.

I do hope everyone will also pop over to Sarah London's blog and help out with the Granny Square project 'Crochet a Rainbow' for Australia.  She is collecting Granny Squares and I'm sure our SIBOL visitors would love to help out. She's making the Granny Squares into Blankets for those effected by the floods.  Thank you.

Then if you still have spare yarn, why not pop over to http://thiseclecticlife.com/share-a-square-2010-faq/ and help those Children with Cancer in the USA.
Have a nice day everyone! Thanks for your continued support.

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Saturday Squares from the USA and the UK!

Hello Everyone!

I'm late posting today.......I've been out doing a little 'retail therapy' with Little Miss Twins. She just had to have another dress for her clubbing tonight! When I came back there were two boxes on my Kitchen table. One from the UK and the other from the USA.

I quickly had to go into the Conservatory to take some photographs before I lost the light, so I was a little late mailing these two Ladies to let them know their Squares had arrived.  Since then I have spent my evening putting them onto Flickr and now the SIBOL web-site.  I know for a fact you are just going to love these Squares, both sets are so.....pretty!

We have a new 'SIBOLETTE' let's  welcome GillyLilly (Flickr) I do hope you will pop over to her stream and say hello.  GillyLilly lives in the UK and it's an absolute pleasure to welcome you to our SIBOL Group. I do hope you enjoy 'the SIBOL EXPERIENCE!'

GillyLilly has sent me such pretty Squares, let's take a look at them now. Thank you so much for the contribution for SIBOL, I'm very grateful to you.

GillyLilly (UK) Your Squares arrived today! Thank You!

Aren't the Flower Squares beautiful? I think they are gorgeous.


Such pretty Squares GillyLilly thanks so much!....

I've made you a Slide Show thank you GillyLilly!  Enjoy!

The other set of Squares received today are from itty_bitty0063.  Please pop over to her blog and say hello.  Golly what a surprise because when I opened the box this morning I found......

Meet 'itty bitty!'. She's gorgeous! What a surprise Thank you!

I'm going to call this adorable little piggy 'itty_bitty!' She's so cute. Thank you itty_bitty for 'the box' and everything that was in it. A donation of yarn and two little tiny weeny piggies. Such a treat and the donation of yarn will be just so useful for SIBOL.

itty_bitty has been working so.....hard for SIBOL. I couldn't believe the amount of Squares she enclosed in this box today. She's had a go with our Challenges and when you see her Squares in the Slide Show you will know what I mean.  They are all absolutely lovely.  What with GillyLillys and itty_bittys' Squares today I'm sure we'll be making some pretty nice Blankets for the Elderly.

Two Squares for our 'Young At Heart' Blanket.

Did you like them? I knew you would....

Have a lovely evening, I have to finish off a Blanket.......

Thanks to GillyLilly and itty_bitty0063 I am most grateful to you, thank you!

Friday, 21 January 2011

It's been a long time

It’s been a long time.
Too long really. Back in July 2010 I discovered SIBOL and decided to make some squares up for Mrs Twins as a way of distracting me during my breakup with my boyfriend and subsequent moving out of the flat we shared.

I swore that I would make more squares again soon but I failed miserably and before I knew it, it was 2011 and I hadn’t kept up my promise. Oh the shame.

The beginning of 2011 also coincided with some money problems that I was having and I was feeling irritatingly sorry for myself. I had no money to go out and see people, I was worrying about paying the bills and just generally whingey and annoying.

And then I remembered SIBOL. And I remembered that making those squares last time allowed me to remove myself from all my worries and just do something nice for someone-else. It’s incredibly gratifying to get out of your head sometimes.

I went for the 2-tone green granny square challenge because, well, it looked like the easiest. My crochet skills are not up to whipping up flowers and farmers to put on squares. One day though...

So thank you again to Mrs Twins for allowing me the opportunity to escape from myself for a bit and for reminding me that actually I’m really rather fortunate and that actually there are lovely people like herself out there who are doing amazing things to make people’s lives better, so I had really better pull myself together and get a grip.

There’s more about this story HERE.

Apologies for the rubbish photos but I never seem to be home during daylight at the moment!

Squares fron the UK and the USA!

Good morning to you all,

Thank you for stopping by.  I'm very pleased to be showing you these 'beautiful' Squares. They are simply lovely. They are from manda's challenges.  I do hope you will pop over to her blog and say hello. I'm sure she'll be  very happy if you visit.

Now the Squares, where do I start?  Amanda has very kindly sent me some lovely Squares for our Challenges.   Two for the Spring Blanket, a Jan Eaton Square which is No. 29. 'Bobble Stripes' I'm sure you will recognise it. Beautiful colours thank you.   Also 'Circle of Friends' Square which has come out lovely. A Floral Square and.......a Cup Cake Square.  OOh, I do  love Cup Cakes!  I'm wondering Ladies it's up to you this time.  Do you think we could fit a  Cup Cake Blanket in?  This Square from Amanda is just delightful and I'm really thinking I'd like to do one.  I'd be happy to have feedback from you. What do you think? Shall we do one?

A cup cake Square, isn't this just lovely!........ Thanks so much for all the beautiful Squares mandas' challenges!

So pretty!

I'm really thank ful to Amanda for sending me some yarn which will be lovely for the Men's Blankets, I do hope it was spare!! Very sweet of you to think of SIBOL once again.

OOh! I've got to show you these Squares!  Here they are! Amanda enjoy your Slide Show and thanks again!

I hope you enjoyed looking at manda's challenges Squares!

In the second post today I have had some Squares arrive from the USA.  sandiepetit53 thank you so much! One of the Squares is for the 'Circle of Friends'.  It's come out really nice. I can't wait to crochet them all up.
Many thanks Sandie.  The other two Squares are really nice patterns also. I am most grateful thank you.

Sandiepetit53 (USA) Your Squares have arrived today!.

I also had Squares from  rags4bagsflickr in the second post. These are pretty too! Nicky has made the Squares in such pretty colours! I'm going to choose one for the Blanket. 'Circle of Friends' and use the
other two in future Blankets. I hope you enjoyed making them Nicky.

rags4bagsflickr (UK) Your Squares have arrived today! Thank you!  Really pretty Colours, I love them.

Thanks so much,. Here are your Squares.

Well I've had a lot of Squares again today. I can't wait to play with them more!

Have  a good weekend everyone! Thanks for stopping by.