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!

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

A very busy Blanket Delivery Day!

Good evening everyone and welcome to 'SIBOL',

I have had a very busy day today delivering our 'Sunshine Blankets' to local Homes in my area of Birmingham and I am very pleased to tell you that I have now finished for this year.

The Blankets have all been accepted so well and the Staff and the Residents absolutely loved them. I would like to thank everyone who has supported 'SIBOL' this year for your kindness.

Some weeks ago I started getting the Blankets ready for the Homes, adding the Butterflies, Ribbons  and Gift Cards which I think really finishes them off. I always like delivering the Blankets because it's the final part of the story if you like. Hundreds of Squares have come in to my Home once again this year and indeed Blankets that you have made at Home and sent in to me. I am terribly grateful to everyone.

I would never have thought back in January 2010 when I first announced this project in Memory of my Grandmother that we would have made so many 'Sunshine Blankets'. My idea at first was to make 6 we have now made 328!

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They do look lovely all ready for the off. 

I am very grateful to Anne for coming with me today, we certainly had a busy time.  I arrived at Anne's around 9.30 am and after a quick hello to her dear Hubby we set off.

Blanket delivery today to 'Rosefields' - Sheltered Accommodation Birmingham.


Our first visit was to 'Rosefields' in Birmingham. 'Rosefields' is sheltered accomodation and there we met the Lady who runs the accommodation 'Jacque'. We were offered cups of tea and Anne and myself set the Blankets out on the table. What a great selection of Blankets! They looked so lovely all tied up with ribbons.

Here I am with our gorgeous 'Sunshine Blankets'.


Here I am!

Jackie - The Manager and Pippa.

Jacque and Anne

I introduced Anne and myself  to the Residents and then I told them about our 'SIBOL' Group. I explained to them that  'SIBOL' was not an ordinary  Knitting Group  which met  in a Church Hall where you sat around drinking cups of tea and chatting. I explained to them that our Group was 'internet-based' and that I had members all around the World. Also that we shared the love of Knitting and Crocheting and  that throughout the year we worked hard making 'Sunshine Blankets' for the Elderly.  I also told them about our Charity Blankets. They were very interested in our Group and afterwards Anne and myself gave the Blankets out.

I was allowed some great photos and I am sure you would all like to see them. Everyone wanted us to thank you for the beautiful Blankets, they really could not get over how kind you all were. They couldn't believe that the Squares and indeed Blankets travelled hundreds of miles to get to them. Also that in this day and age there were so many kind people around!

Meeting some of the Residents.



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This Gentleman absolutely loved his Blanket, particularly because it had Flowers on! He kept plants on his window sill.


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I told this Lady that her Blanket was given to Tinka in Belgium from her friend  Vera and that she wanted to donate it to our project.  She absolutely loved the Blanket.

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It was also very nice to know that the Gentleman in the Lounge appreciated 'his' Blanket so much too!

After spending quite a bit of time with the Staff and Residents and thanking them  we moved on to 'Selly Wood House Nursing  Home'.  These Homes are all set on the Cadbury Estate in Bournville, Birmingham and are all very near to each other. Of course very near to where the Chocolate is made.

Selly Wood House Nursing Home, Birmingham


Here we met the Activities Co-Ordinator 'Eve'. Eve was very happy indeed to accept our beautiful Blankets. She loved them and said that she would be keeping these Blankets and giving them out on Christmas Day. Some of the Residents do not have any visitors and she thought it would be a lovely thing to do for them.

Delivering the Blankets to Selly Wood House Nursing Home.


Some Residents in Homes particularly feel the cold due to medication they are on and I am sure these Blankets will give a great deal of comfort to them.

We thanked Eve for accepting our Blankets and I went back to Anne's where we had a cup of tea. Shortly after I headed back home and rang up Cotteridge House in Kings Norton. Cotteridge House has 11 Residents.

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Once again the Blankets look really pretty all ready for the off.

Cotteridge House for the Elderly, Birmingham.


I arrived at Cotteridge House where I met the Manager 'Mrs. Walker'.  Once again she loved our Blankets so much and said that she would be keeping them for Christmas Day. Quite a few people in her Home do not have visitors and on Christmas Day they give presents out to the Residents in the morning and at lunchtime and our Blankets will be given to them. How lovely! It's so nice to know that someone has been thinking of them maybe living thousands of miles away. I explained there were Blankets from Belgium, Spain and some of the Blankets had Squares from other places around the World. The Staff wanted me to thank everyone for these wonderful Blankets and just wanted you to know that they were appreciated. They have 11 Residents and a Blanket for each of them!

The Manager accepting our Sunshine Blankets.


Afterwards I popped back to St. Michaels in Olton as they needed another of our Blankets. I took them 'Flower Burst' made by Tinka.

284 'Flower Burst' made and donated by ATheeC! Thank you!


So I've had a very pleasant day with Anne meeting the Residents and Staff who care for them.

So on Christmas morning when you are all sitting with your family opening presents, spare a thought for
these Residents. Can you imagine what they are all going to talk about? Can you imagine their faces when they open up their Gifts. I have been told on numerous occasions how our Blankets are talking points and it is you I have to thank. So a Big Thank you from me and everyone I met today. I really enjoyed going to the Homes with Anne. Thank you Anne for coming with me.

I do want to continue making our 'Sunshine Blankets' in the New Year that's if everyone is happy to do so.
I look forward to 'meeting and greeting' your Squares and Blankets and hopefully we can have another successful year!

May I remind you that we still have our 'Think Pink' (3) for Sale. I am accepting offers over £100.00. The person who bids the highest will receive this wonderful Blanket. It is raising money for Breast Cancer Care here in the UK. The closing date is 30th November at mid-night, so please email me Sue on sueatpigsty@talktalk.net

'Think Pink' (3) Thanks to everyone who contributed towards this Blanket.


Thanks for visiting 'SIBOL' today!

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x Sue x

Monday, 26 November 2012

Diamond Jubilee!

Hi everyone!

I'm very pleased to be showcasing a beautiful  Blanket sent in by sistersestina over on RAVELRY. It has arrived today just in time for my Deliveries to the Homes.

This is such a striking Blanket made in Red, White and Blue  and it's called 'Diamond Jubilee'. What a great Blanket!

Thank you so much for making this Blanket and donating it for our Elderly.

Let's take a look at it now.

This is a gorgeous Blanket sistersestina, thank you so much!


sistersestina sent in some Butterflies for her Blanket and I have added some Navy ribbon. It really is lovely.


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I hope you have enjoyed your Slide Show, it was a delight to receive your Blanket today, thank you!

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                                                                           x Sue x

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Thursday Squares!

Good Afternoon and Welcome to 'SIBOL',

One of our  'Think Pink' Blankets is for Sale and offers are invited over £100.00. This is the third of these special Blankets raising money for Breast Cancer Care here in the UK.  £100.00 reflects the huge amount of work that went in to the making of this Blanket collecting Squares from various parts of the World.

If anyone is interested in bidding for this amazing Blanket, the closing date is mid-night 30th November 2012. The person who bids the highest amount will receive this wonderful Blanket.

'Think Pink' (3) Thanks to everyone who contributed towards this Blanket.


It would make a beautiful Christmas present and if you are interested please email me with your bid.
Sue on sueatpigsty@talktalk.net Thank you!

I would also like to thank Debi - Hooks and Yarn  over  in the States for sending in her Daffodil Square. She has kindly made a great tutorial for this Daffodil why not have a go and send to 'SIBOL' for our Marie Curie Cancer Care Challenge.

Daffodil Square for Marie Curie Cancer Care Challenge.


She has also sent in two Squares for our next Think Pink Blanket.

Let's take a look at Debi's work now.


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Wonderful Squares Debi.
 
 
It was also very nice to receive Squares from The Netherlands today! They have been made by
LanadAmore Why not pop over to her Blog and say hello. She has made two beautiful Knitted Daffodil Squares.  I love the blue background on these Squares, what wonderful designs too thank you so much! Our Daffodil Squares are certainly adding up now.
 
Monique 'Lanadamore' (RAV) Your Daffodil Squares arrived today! Thank you!
 
 
 
 

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It's lovely to have you in our RAVERLY Group LanadAmore! Thank you!
 
The last set of Squares have come in from Spain. Maria has sent in these pretty Squares for our Stash.
Some lovely designs thank you! I loved the Birdies too,what a nice thought thank you so much!
 
Maria (Spain) Thank you!
 
Why not pop over to Maria's Blog and say hello!
Thank you very much Maria, here's your Slide Show!
 

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 I've just picked up my copy of Knit Today and inside there is a free 2013 Diary. It really is lovely and at the back there are patterns for Knitted Flowers a Snowdrop, Rose,  Daffodil, Tulip, Bluebells, Iris, Fuchsia, Sunflower, Peace Lily, Phlox, Poppy and Poinsettia one for each month of the year. What a nice idea! Of course the magazine is always great value for money!
 
If you would like to read about my first Delivery in November please go back a few posts.
 
Thanks for visiting,
 
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x Sue x
 

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Our Freeform Challenge is completed! SIBOL Deliveries start today!

Hi Everyone!

Our 'SIBOL' Deliveries started today, please scroll down, thank you!

Some months ago 'creativegranny' over on RAVELRY asked me if she could organise a Freeform Challenge. This is something we have never done before in our Group and I was only too pleased to say yes. She asked members of our RAVERLY Group if they would like to send her a Freeform Square. Quite a few of our members had never done any Freeform before so 'creativegranny' was only too pleased to give them some tips.

Initially, we did have a few Ladies get worried about making one,  but once the first Squares started arriving at her home, the fear seemed to pass! 21 Squares arrived in total and 'creativegranny' has now joined them altogether in a wonderful wall-hanging.

She has joined them with beautiful black yarn which has a coloured glittery thread running through it and it certainly does make the Freeform Squares stand out. At the bottom of the hanging 'creativegranny' has attached the last Square and she really has made a feature of it by adding tiny Flowers and Butterflies.

SIBOL 'Freeform' Wall Hanging Challenge.



Everything is first class. The Squares have all been made so well, beautiful colours and the Squares themselves are so interesting and 'creativegranny' has certainly put them altogether so perfectly.

I can't thank you enough 'creativegranny' for suggesting this 'un-usual' Challenge for our Group. It certainly has been different for us and I am so pleased it has come out well and has been so successful! I really think everyone has enjoyed it and I know you have enjoyed it too!

I am going to take this 'Freeform Wall Hanging' along to the Craft Group next year in March and then afterwards everyone who took part in this Wall Hanging Challenge will have the chance to own it. I think 'creativegranny' will have to ask her dear Husband to pick a name out of the hat!  It certainly is a beauty!
 I absolutely love it.

I've made a Slide Show for our first 'Freeform Challenge!'


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Thank you 'creativegranny' and thanks to our 'SIBOLETTES' who took part!

x Sue x

Our 'SIBOL' Deliveries start!

Good Afternoon and welcome to 'SIBOL',

We have been working so hard all year round Crocheting and Knitting for 'SIBOL' and I'm pleased to say that we have another 57 Blankets ready for the Homes.

Thanks to everyone for your wonderful support!

I am keeping the Challenge Blankets back until next year because I have a Craft Group to visit, I thought it would be nice to take some to show them when I go. We have plenty to give out this year and today I visited St. Michaels Home in Olton.

SIBOL Blanket Deliveries begin today. St.Michaels Home, Olton.


This photo was taken November15th last year, what a nice day that was!  Today I visited them and it was raining heavily.

I spent part of the morning sorting the Blankets out. Julie - The Manager of the Home told me that they have 8 Men and 13 Women, so I sorted out the darker ones for the Men.

Blankets ready for St.Michaels.


Ones for the Men.


Such wonderful Blankets.


These arethe Blankets that were delivered today!


It was very nice to meet Julie - The Manager again. We actually delivered some Blankets there this time last year.  I'm so glad our Blankets will be useful again for their Residents. St. Michaels is such a friendly and welcoming Home and it was a pleasure to visit again.

Julie The Manager accepting our Blankets.21of them!



I explained to Julie how you all enjoy Crocheting and Knitting for 'SIBOL' and she thanked us all very much for the beautiful Blankets. She is going to give them out on Christmas Day so I shall certainly be thinking about the Residents opening them up.

I would like to thank you  all too for supporting 'SIBOL'. The Squares and indeed Blankets are very much appreciated for the 'SIBOL' project.

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x Sue x

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Daffodil Squares arrive on a wet Tuesday!

Good Morning everyone,

Thanks so much for stopping by.

I have five beautiful Daffodil Squares to show you today. They have arrived from Valerie here in the UK.  I am so grateful to you Valerie for making Squares for our Daffodil Challenge for Marie Curie Cancer Care. It's so nice to see our Daffodil Squares arriving for this Challenge. Great variations we are receiving too which is so nice.

I couldn't go outside today the weather is so wet and miserable, but what's nicer than some bright Daffodils to brighten our day!

Valerie (UK) Daffodil Squares - thank you!


Thank you very much Valerie, here's your Slide Show.


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We have now collected 73 Daffodil Squares for this particular Challenge. Our aim 'hopefully is to collect enough for 9 Blankets. We 'only' need another 152 Squares! There's no rush, this particular Challenge will be going on for quite a while! 

Please don't forget to have a look at our 'Think Pink (3) Blanket on previous posts. This Blanket is for sale on a 'Silent Auction'. If you are interested in owning this gorgeous Blanket, I am accepting offers over £100.00 to reflect the huge amount of work that went in to this Blanket.

The person who bids the highest amount will receive this wonderful Blanket and all proceeds will go to Breast Cancer Care here in the UK.

If you are interested please email me Sue on sueatpigsty@talktalk.net

Thank you.

'Think Pink' (3) Thanks to everyone who contributed towards this Blanket.



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x Sue x

Monday, 19 November 2012

Daffodil Squares arrive today! Your chance to own a 'Think Pink' Blanket!

Good Evening everyone!

Welcome to 'SIBOL',

I would like to thank Cristalp (RAV) for the beautiful Daffodil Squares received today! They really are gorgeous. The one Square is made in such beautiful green yarn it has a lovely feel to it. What pretty flowers these are once again! We certainly have some great ones coming in.

Cristal (RAV) Daffodil Squares 'Marie Curie Cancer Care' Challenge. Thank you!


Such pretty yarn and Squares!


Thank you so much Cristal!


Thank you so much Cristalp! I love them.

I took a photo this morning of our Sunshine Blankets. I have 57 ready to take to the Homes. I am waiting for one of our 'SIBOLETTES' to come back from her holiday and also some Gift Cards from Vistaprint. Pippa loves to come with me.  I was surprised there were that many! What beautiful Blankets thanks to everyone that has helped me this year. We certainly have been working terribly hard. 

May I remind you that our Challenges will be announced 1st January 2013. I will be accepting Stash Squares after this date too. So if you have spare yarn and want to make Squares please do but could you send them after 1st January?  I need to get ready for Christmas.  I am still accepting Daffodil Squares however and we need to keep our 'SIBOL' Butterfly Stash up too!  Why not pop over to our RAVELRY Group and join us over there? We do also have a 'Butterfly Club!'

We are also holding a Silent Auction for this beautiful 'Think Pink (3) Blanket. It was assembled by Fiona in the Netherlands and Squares came in from our SIBOLETTES.

All proceeds from our Auction will be given to Breast Cancer Care here in the UK.

A starting price of £100.00 reflects the huge amount of work that went in to the making of this Blanket and the person who bids the highest amount by our closing date mid-night 30th November  will receive the Blanket.

Please note that Postage and Packing is at extra cost.

Please pass this on to your friends. I have no problem with you publishing on Facebook, Blogs etc.
Please take the photos! 

I am accepting bids by email Sue on sueatpigsty@talktalk.net

Please see previous posts.



THINK PINK (3) Is for Sale by Silent Auction.



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Thanks everyone!

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x Sue x