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!

Saturday, 30 April 2011

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! and.......Squares from Norway and UK!

First Prize Ladies! Thank you to everyone that sent me Squares!!! 'Wedding Bells Competition!'.

Hi Everyone!

Well what a Wedding that was! How beautiful! I know from emails I have received from my friends all around the World that everyone has enjoyed watching it!  It was absolutely superb I thought what a great day of viewing!.  I tended to start watching on BBC News, then flicked over to Sky later on.  Kate looked absolutely beautiful and how composed she was! Such a pretty girl and I thought Prince William looked so handsome too! He definitely looked so much like his Mother I thought!

I have sent out small Royal Wedding gifts to everyone that took part in my Royal Wedding Challenge. This is just my little way of saying thank you to you all. There may be a couple which are late arriving but I'm sure they won't be long. Post to the other side of the World does take a few weeks! I was so surprised this morning when ATheeC in Belgium told me her gift arrived just as she was watching the Royal Wedding, how timely was that! :) I was very pleased.

As I say it was just my way of saying thank you to you all for taking part in this wonderful Challenge. It was not only a SIBOL Challenge it was for a competition run by Sharon of Great British Yarns.  What fun we had! Thinking of and designing Knitted and Crocheted Squares to mark the occasion of the Royal Wedding.
It was such a wonderful Challenge and I thoroughly enjoyed receiving each and everyone of the Squares, showcasing each and everyone of them as they arrived. Then planning where to put the Squares into the Blanket, not to mention the assembling of them and then thinking how I could present the Blanket. Sharon absolutely loved the Blanket and I was told she had tears in her eyes when she received it.  In fact they didn't want to undo the ribbon they thought it looked so lovely!

I can't thank you all enough for your support and to win 1st Prize as you know SIBOLETTES, was just my absolute dream! Then to top it all yesterday it raised £112.00 on EBAY for the Prince William and Kate Middleton Charity Gift Fund. This is a Charity that was set up because William and Kate did not want Wedding Gifts as such. All monies raised would go to various Charities that they are involved with. So the £112.00 will be sent on to it. So thank you to anyone that bidded.  I have never had anything to do with EBAY before. I got so excited in those final seconds when the bids started flying in! Wow! What fun! 'Mr. Twins, Mr. Twins come here!'

 I would just love to know where our Royal Wedding Blanket is going to live now!

If you want to see the other items that were entered  into the Wedding Bells competition please pop over to Sharon's blog.

To win first prize has just been such a wonderful achievement for SIBOL. We have worked so hard from January 2010 to make Sunshine Blankets for the Elderly and to take part in a special one-off Blanket for this competition has just been so much fun for our Crocheting and Knitting Group. We have all come together from all walks of life, all parts of the World, some of us living thousands of miles away to take part in this special Challenge and I just want to say a massive 'THANK YOU!!'.

Also for SIBOL to be publicised on various media outlets has been lovely too. Whether it be on CNN ireport, Flickr 'The Peoples' Royal Wedding Album', Crochet Today web site, Flickr Storify, etc., is just marvellous and what fun!  What an exciting time we've been having! THANK YOU!

I had better get back to work now......

Today I had some Squares come in from Norway 'Shirley Brownlee'.  Shirley I can't acknowledge your beautiful Squares. I can't come across your email address at the moment, would you kindly email me please! I will keep looking until you do. sueatpigsty@talktalk.net

Shirley has sent me a variety of Granny Squares, all such wonderful colours and I want to thank you very much.  I have your address so I will send you a Thank You card, but I do want to email you.  It's upsets me when I can't lay my hands on them.  I love your Grannies, and I hope you have enjoyed making them!

Shirley B (Norway) Your Squares arrived today! Thank You!

I've made you a Slide Show Shirley, enjoy!

Created with flickr slideshow from softsea.

I also had 4 bundles of Squares arrive from bonsall today here in the UK.  Such pretty Squares and I know for a fact that bonsall enjoyed making them! Once she started she didn't want to stop!

So I'm showcasing bonsalls' Squares too, thank you so...much! What pretty Blankets we are going to make with these two sets of Squares from Shirley and bonsall!

Oh goodness what a lot of beautiful Squares bonsall!

Created with flickr slideshow from softsea.

Have a great weekend everyone! Thanks to Shirley and bonsall and everyone involved in the Royal Wedding Blanket! Thanks to everyone for leaving such sweet comments on  MSE, Flickr and SIBOL too!

Friday, 29 April 2011

The Winner of the 'Wedding Bells' competition is................and I also have a Ta - Dah for you!

Hello Everyone!

Well the day has arrived in many ways that one.  First of all it is the Royal Wedding Day so as a Group we are Congratulating William and Kate and wishing them all the best  on their Wedding Day.

I'm watching on TV as I write this post so I'm not missing anything.

Well it's April 29th and I'm very pleased to be telling you that the Winner of the 'Wedding Bells' competition has now been announced......and guess what it is .....................................'SIBOL'!  We have won first prize in the competition held by Great British Yarns. We have successfully won a  £50.00 on-line yarn voucher! I am so grateful to Sharon who organised the competition and she would like me thank you all for a most beautiful entry!    She was very pleased with our Blanket  indeed, she absolutely loved it.

I would also like to tell you that the Royal Wedding Blanket is now on EBAY.  If you are interesting in making a bid please follow the link! Proceeds will go towards the Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton Charitable Gift Fund which supports various charities.  There are other items on Ebay that were entered into the Competition so I do hope you will look at these too.

Please pop over to Sharons blog and see the other entries. They have all been made beautifully and I would like to say well done to them too!

The Ebay Auction closes today, so please pop over and have a look.

I'm absolutely over the moon thank you Sharon! Many thanks to you all for contributing such wonderful Squares and for taking such an interest in this special project.

UPDATE - Saturday 8.30pm.

I'm so pleased that our Royal Wedding Blanket has sold on EBAY for £112.00, along with the other items that were entered for the competition.

The proceeds of the Auction will go towards the above charity.
Thank you to everyone involved.


Our Royal Wedding Blanket on Storify.


I'm very pleased to be showing you our latest SIBOL.  The Blanket has been assembled by my very good friend BrendaS2 (Flickr).  I'm sure you will agree the Blanket is gorgeous.  Thank you to everyone that has
sent me Squares for this Blanket, they have all been lovely! Thank you Brenda very much indeed I absolutely love it and I think you have made a great job of it! 

I particularly like how Brenda has finished the Blanket off, such a nice edging and most appropriate for a Man I think and also Brenda has  made a lovely alternative to ribbon. She took several strands of yarn and made a long chain which she tied beautifully on the Blanket.

I do hope Brenda you will name our Blanket and thank you so much!  I have made a Slide Show for you, sit back and enjoy!

Thank you Sharon, Thank you Brenda! Most importantly thank you to everyone that very kindly contributed Squares to our SIBOL 'Royal Wedding Blanket'. I am most grateful to you all.

Have a good day everyone!

x Sue x

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Squares from the UK today!

Hello Everyone!

I'm very pleased to be showing you some Squares that came in from Wigglescrochet and BrendaS2 today.

Wigglescrochet sent me a great selection of Squares from greens to brightly coloured Squares. Thank you so much Wigglescrochet  I am so pleased you enjoyed making them.

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

I have made you a Slide Show enjoy!

Created with flickr slideshow from softsea.

BrendaS2 also sent me a gorgeous Jan Eaton Square. Thank you Brenda! This Square is No. 64 'Sunshine Lace'. It's such a pretty pattern. I hope you enjoyed making it.

BrendaS2 (UK) Your Jan Eaton Square No. 64 has arrived today Thank you! Beautiful!

I also have a new Ta - Dah for you coming up shortly. BrendaS2 has very kindly put a SIBOL together for me.  I will hopefully show it tomorrow!

Thank you both for the great selection of Squares I'm very grateful to you both!

Enjoy the Royal Wedding everyone!

x Sue x

Wednesday, 27 April 2011


Hi Everyone!

I'm so pleased, I've just had an email from Crochet Today over in America. They were writing to tell me that they have very kindly posted a picture of me and our Royal Wedding Blanket on to their blog! Isn't that lovely?   Please follow the link and have a read!

I wrote to them shortly after I finished making the Royal Wedding Blanket attaching a photograph and I'm just over the moon that they thought it good enough
to publish!

There was also a photo of our first SIBOLS which are in March/April Issue on their blog too!

Well done Ladies, I'm so proud of you all!

Right side of the Blanket.

Left Side of the Blanket. Thanks everyone!

I just couldn't wait to tell you!

x Sue x

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Squares from the Netherlands and Belgium!

Good Afternoon Everyone!

I have some gorgeous Squares to show you today!

First of all I would like to welcome 'Richtje' (RAV) to SIBOL.  It's lovely to have you join our group.
Richtje is very proud of herself because she has made her first Granny Square and she has decided to give it to SIBOL.  But.....it's not just one Square... She has sent me 25 Squares all in beautiful pastel colours enough to make a whole Blanket, they are absolutely gorgeous!  With the set of Squares she has also sent me a White Square for our 'Winter Wonderland' Challenge which is lovely.

I'm going to show you Richtjes' Squares in a Slide Show, but first of all just take a look at these beauties! She has made little Butterflies to decorate the Squares, I think they are so pretty! A very good idea.

Pretty Squares with cute Butterflies and Flowers!

Created with flickr slideshow from softsea.

Thank so much Richtje, I am so pleased you enjoyed making them. I'm sure everyone loves them, I know I do!

I also had some Squares come in from ATheeC on Flickr.  I've very pleased to be showing you these Squares.  ATheeC had some donated yarn given to her a while back, when she ordered some yarn from a shop  in the Netherlands.  She has put the yarn to very good use. I think that was extremely kind of them. Do you remember this yarn?

These are some of the Squares she made with them.

ATheeC (Belgium) Your Squares have arrived today! Thank You!

Aren't they pretty? Thanks so much ATheeC and here's your Slide Show! Enjoy!

Created with flickr slideshow from softsea.

Has anyone else been approached by CNN?  Today Kim mailed me and apparently CNN had asked her to upload the photo of her Royal Wedding Square to their web site! I told her SIBOL did this same thing last week. We were just wondering if anyone else had been contacted.

That's all for now. I do hope you enjoyed looking at the new Squares. Until next time, bye....

x Sue x

Monday, 25 April 2011

A Double Ta - Dah! Introducing SIBOLS 62 and 63.

Hello Everyone!

I do hope everyone has  had a nice Easter break.  The weather has been absolutely gorgeous and it's given us a chance to catch up on a few jobs around the garden.  We aren't completely straight yet after having our patio re-laid but I've managed to take some photos of our new 'Sunshine Blankets'. I've had such fun making these two Blankets.  SIBOL 63, is actually coming under our 'Spring Challenge' and the other one is made from a collection of Flower Squares I had in the 'Square Stash!'.

Thank you to everyone that has contributed Squares for these two Blankets.

Here's SIBOL 62

Thanks to everyone that has contributed Squares for this 'Sunshine Blanket'. 'please add note' if you see your Square.

Here's SIBOL 63!

Thanks to everyone who has contributed Squares for this 'Sunshine Blanket'. 'please add note!'

We have two more 'Sunshine Blankets' for the Elderly with the most beautiful Squares, thank you so much for your support.

Have a nice evening!

x Sue x

Friday, 22 April 2011

MORE GOOD NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 22/4/2011 (UP-dated 23/4) Squares from the UK.

Hi Everyone!

Wow! Things have been happening again! I want to share my 'SIBOL' news with you if I may!  I have an email come through on Flickr mail this evening from CNN iReport.

Here is the mail.

CNN iReport

Subject: Your Royal Quilt

As the wedding approaches, I have been scouring the web for unique items people have made or things they have done in regard to the royal wedding.

I came across your quilt and I thought it was fantastic!! If you have the time, I would really like it if you would be able to post it on CNN iReport. We have an assignment about the things that people are doing in preparation for the big day.

I'd love to see your quilt in the items. Here is the link: ireport.cnn.com/ir-topic-stories.jspa?topicId=593430

Please let me know if you have any questions!



CNN iReport

I do hope you will pop over and have a read. Here's the CNN link.  Thank you all once again for taking part in this Challenge! Fantastic news!!!!  OOh, don't forget to leave a comment under the article! Thanks!

I hope you are having a good holiday, the weather has been brilliant!

Thanks for stopping by!!!!

x Sue x

I've also just found out this link which tells you about the Flickr Group (Yahoo) for 'The People's  Royal Wedding Album'.  Do you remember I  was telling you that 'SIBOL' has the Royal Wedding Blanket as the photo header? Follow the Link. The TV presenter Jenni Bond talks about the Wedding and the Flickr Group. She was talking about the wedding  on Daybreak TV programme on ITV1.


My  'SIBOL' work is continuing over Easter!  We've had a post today being a Saturday, which isn't classed as a Bank Holiday here in the UK only tomorrow which is 'Easter Sunday' and Monday which is a Bank Holiday 'Easter Monday'.

Today I have had some Squares come in from Joyce28 here in the UK.  Joyce28 as you know always enjoys our Challenges.  She's definitely took the new ones on board because today I have received Squares for our new Challenges, namely 'Tropical, Winter Wonderland, Textured and Cupcakes! I know she really loves our Challenges and I hope she is inspiring you to have a go at them.

Joyce28 (UK) Your Squares arrived today! Thank You!

I hope Joyce28 has a wonderful holiday and I hope she manages to see her Slide Show! Thank you so much for the wonderful selection of Squares, I just love them.

Created with flickr slideshow from softsea.

Could I just say I have one Jan Eaton Block Number left now which is 72 'Ribbed Square' if anyone wants to have a go. Can you email me on sueatpigsty@talktalk.net if you fancy making this one for our Challenge. It's got to arrive before the end of June.

There has been a lot happening this past week, I've been 'over the moon' that everyone has been taking such an interest in our Royal Wedding Blanket.  It's my 'SIBOLETTES' that have  made this all possible.  If you haven't been visiting 'SIBOL' over the past week I do hope you will go back previous posts and follow the links I really wouldn't want you to miss anything. Our 'SIBOL' Group has had a lot of media attention one way or another and it's you I have to thank!

The UK is getting so hyped up now for the Royal Wedding, massive TV coverage every day and on  April 29th 'the wedding day' we will also find out whether we were successful with our Royal Wedding Blanket.

Enjoy your weekend everyone! Thanks for visiting 'SIBOL'.
x Sue x

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter Everyone!

Have a great holiday with plenty of this.....

and of course this.......

No Squares today.....

But you might like to check this out....

Thanks Everyone!

Enjoy yourselves!

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Squares from the UK!

Hi Everyone!

A glorious day here in the UK. We are all gearing up for the long Bank Holiday weekend, let's just hope the weather stays nice. It's beautiful today lovely and warm.

May I first of all say thank you to everyone who has left comments on SIBOL and also Flickr these last few days.  It's always so nice to share news with you. You know how terribly excited I was to find out that our Royal Wedding Blanket was used as the header photograph on Flickr's new Group. I know you were excited as I was to know that we had accomplished this. So thank you to everyone that has commented. I 'really' appreciate each and everyone of your comments! Well done to you too! Without those Royal Wedding Squares we wouldn't have been chosen! Thank you very much 'Yahoo!'.  You made our Monday!

Also I was very pleased yesterday to find out that 'SIBOL' had an article in 'Let's Get Crafting Knit and Crochet Made Easy!'.  Thank you Laura!  It's actually out on the 21st which is tomorrow.  Laura has hers delivered because she has subscribed. It works out a bit cheaper if you do this. I've been absolutely over the moon this week, and I know you have too, so thanks everyone!

Today I have had two lots of Squares arrive from the UK.  I'm always very pleased to welcome new 'SIBOLETTES' and today is no exception. Welcome 'Kianie!'.

Kianie (RAV) (UK)  has very kindly sent me  in 25 gorgeous Squares. Thank you so much! But before I show you the Squares I must show you this gorgeous card.  It's absolutely beautiful! I can tell Kianie loves card-making because she has made a card and has incorporated Crocheting with it.

Kianie (RAV) (UK) Your Squares have arrived. Kianie loves card-making and I love how she has incorporated these cute Crocheted Squares! Simply beautiful! Thank You!

I'm sure you will agree this is such a good idea. Tiny little Crocheted Squares matching with the card, how wonderful is this!  I have also had some pretty Flower Squares, these are for our Spring Challenge which ends at the End of April.   Just take a look at these Squares!

Pretty Flower Squares from Kianie. Gorgeous Thank You!

Thank you so much Kianie.  I'm sure everyone visiting SIBOL will want to see your other Squares. I've made you a Slide Show, sit back and enjoy!

Created with flickr slideshow from softsea.

Our Spring Challenge has been so popular, and today Jean Nock   (UK) sent me some beautiful Flower Squares for this Challenge.  I get excited with any type of Square, but when they are Flowers, I'm jumping for joy!

Spring Flower Squares for our Challenge! Beautiful Squares!

Your Slide Show now includes the other Squares, they are all wonderful thank you! Can you spot Jean Nocks' Jan Eaton Challenge Square? It's no. 58 'Peach Rose'. Beautiful!

Created with flickr slideshow from softsea.

Beautiful Squares from  Kianie and Jean Nock in the UK thanks so much!

I have a few Block Numbers for our Jan Eaton Challenge left. If you would like to click on the  Ravelry Button at the top of the web site and go to the SIBOL discussion board you will see which Blocks are left.
Thank you! I'm hoping to get the Jan Eaton Blocks in by end of June thank you!

I think that's for all for now.

Thanks for visiting 'SIBOL' today.

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Good News 'Day 2!' I'm on a roll!!!!

Hi Everyone!

Yesterday afternoon I had an email from Laura  one of our latest 'SIBOLETTES'.  She has very kindly informed me that 'SIBOL' has been mentioned in 'Let's Get Crafting' Issue 31 'Knit and Crochet Made Easy!' I'm so grateful to you Laura for letting me know and for scanning me some photos of the magazine!
I'm over the moon '2 wonderful days of SIBOL fun!'.  If you click on the photo it will take you to Flickr, you will be able to read the article they wrote.

Laura's magazine arrived early because she subscribes, but it's in the shops on the 21st April!

We've done it again!!!! Thank you Laura for letting me know!

I'm on a roll this week!!!! :)

Another magazine for our side bar! Yippee!  Thanks to everyone that has made 'SIBOL' so....successful!

Have a good day everyone!

Dear SIBOLETTES, I love you! Thank you! x

Monday, 18 April 2011

A surprise for SIBOL!!!!!!! Good News! Good News!' / Updated....Squares from UK!

Hi Everyone!

Just popping in quickly to tell you some good news!

On Friday I was approached by Yahoo! I know Yahoo!
This is what they wrote to me......

Hi Sue,

Hope you don't mind me contacting you, I’ve sent you this message on Flickr Mail too.

I work on the PR team for Yahoo! UK (which I'm sure you're aware Flickr is part of), and we're setting up a group called The People's Royal Wedding Album, which we hope will capture what people are doing for the upcoming Royal Wedding.

We came across the photo you've uploaded of your Royal Wedding Blanket -

We think it's absolutely brilliant, and wondered whether you would mind us using it to promote the group? Unlike normal groups, our group will feature a creative header banner, much like the banner on this one -

We'd like to use your photo for the banner. Obviously it will be credited, and there will be links through to both the original photo and your profile, so it should be good promotion for your pictures and ultimately your blog.

The group will be promoted through national UK press, as well as on the official Flickr blog, and possibly across the Yahoo! UK site too.

Hope to hear from you soon as we would like to launch the group very soon!

Best regards,
Ian McKee
Social Media Account Manager

It's gone live today! Pop and have a look! Thanks SIBOLETTES!


I also had some really pretty Squares come in today from Pippa S. (UK).  Pippa has sent 'Bright Flower' Jan Eaton (51) for our Challenge.  There are a few blocks still available. Pop over to SIBOL RAV Group if you want to join us!

Jan Eaton (51) 'Bright Flower'. Gorgeous Square Pippa thank you!

Pippa your Jan Eaton Square is gorgeous. Beautiful bright colours for this Square, so pretty!  The other Flower Squares too will be brilliant for SIBOL, many thanks to you! I'm sure everyone loves them!

Great Flower Squares for SIBOL. Thank you so much!

Well done everyone! We've had a fantastic day with 'Yahoo' today - thank you and we've also received lovely Squares from Pippa, what could be nicer!

Bye for now

x Sue x

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Sunny Square on a Sunny Sunday

My contribution for the Jan Eaton blanket.
Nr. 63 Random Patches

Have a nice Sunday!

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Squares on a Saturday from the UK.

Hello Everyone!

I'm just popping in on a Saturday to show you these  beautiful Squares I have received from GillyLilly (RAV) (UK).   The Squares are amazing and I want you to have a look at them.

Thank you so much GillyLilly for the Squares I'm very grateful to you.

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

Pretty Flower Squares!

I'm loving these too! Thanks so much!

Aren't they beauties?  I love them, thank you!

Have a good weekend everyone!

x Sue x

Friday, 15 April 2011

Squares from the UK today!

Good Evening Everyone!

Today I have had two lots of Squares come in from the UK.

First of all I would like to show you this cute little Piggy Square  that has come in from Bonsall.  Bonsall has sent it in for the 'Farmyard' Challenge which runs until the end of April.  It's just so....cute!!!

 and....look what we have here!!!!! A piggie for our 'Farmyard Blanket' theme.

Bonsall also sent in some more Squares which are in her Slide Show.  Thank you so much Bonsall! I love all of them.

Secondly, I would like to welcome 'Lesley  a new 'SIBOLETTE!. ' Lesley has very kindly sent in some Knitted Squares which have lovely patterns and are in great colours!   I'm so pleased you enjoyed making the Squares thank you so much!

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

Sit back Lesley, I've made you a Slide Show! Thank you!

Last chance too to sign up  for SIBOL SWAPS, and the Block Numbers for Jan Eaton are limited now so please pop over to Ravelry.

Have a great weekend everyone! Thanks for visiting 'SIBOL' today!