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!

Sunday, 31 March 2013

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter to all my Flickr friends and SIBOLETTE's.


Love from Sue x 

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Flowers everywhere!

Good Afternoon everyone!

A better day today, the sun is shining but....it's still pretty cold and there's still plenty of snow about.

I had a parcel arrive this morning and it was from 'cosseted' (RAV) who lives in Wales. 'cosseted' has very kindly offered to make up 25 Squares for me. The Blanket has arrived back at SIBOL HQ and it's absolutely gorgeous. I would like to thank everyone who contributed Squares for this Blanket. I think 'cosseted' has made a remarkable job of assembling it and I absolutely love the border. Such pretty Flower Squares.

Thanks to everyone who sent in Squares for this Blanket.

I also had a bumper pack of Butterflies arrive at my home and these will be extremely useful, thank you very much. All made in various colours and I love the pointed wings on them too. If you would like to have a go at making the Butterflies please do here's the link.

Wow! What a lot of SIBOL Butterflies!

'cosseted' also made some beautiful Squares for our Stash/Lavender Challenge  along with some Flower Squares, what a lovely selection.

Stash Squares.

Marion (Wales) 'cosseted' (RAV) Thank you! Your Squares have arrived today!

Not to mention fantastic Squares for our Transport and Butterfly Challenge.

'Transport' Challenge.

'Butterfly' Challenge.

You have been busy 'cosseted'. I'm pleased you found some pretty Flower Squares. The 'SIBOLETTE's' over on RAVELRY gave her some links to try.

Why not join our RAVELRY SIBOL Group here's the Link.

I have made a Slide Show now for this gorgeous Flower Blanket. Thank you so much 'cosseted'.

Created with flickr slideshow.

Don't you think our 'Sunshine Blankets' are unique?
I am so proud of everyone who contributes to SIBOL.
They are all so....pretty!
385 now Wow!
Thanks for visiting today!


x Sue x

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Delivery Day!

Good Afternoon thanks for visiting 'SIBOL' today!

Please scroll down and read about our beautiful Granny Square Blanket from moragtodd.

It was lovely  to visit Ivy Bank Care Home in Cotteridge, Birmingham a few weeks ago, when  I handed over 27 of our 'Sunshine Blankets'. Sue who accepted our Blankets was very grateful to everyone who helped and last night I received an email from her.

Hi Sue
Just a quick note to say thank you to you and your wonderful crocheting friends . Every visitor we have is commenting on the lovely sunshine blankets you gave us and the residents love them too. We are saving all the cards and making a scrap book so the residents can enjoy looking at the places they came from. 
Feel free to come and see us again and once again a big thank you.
Sue Finch
Ivy Bank Home Manager

I'm very grateful for this email and I'm so pleased that our Blankets will make a difference to them. I promised to go back with a few more and over the past few days I have been getting them ready.

6 'Sunshine Blankets' ready for Ivy Bank Care Home.




Half a dozen more and now everyone will receive one just in time for Easter.

Sue very kindly accepted them this morning.

Sue accepting our 'Sunshine Blankets' at Ivy Bank Care Home 27/03/2013.

It is so nice to know that our 'SIBOL' project is worthwhile,  we are
certainly making a difference to an Elderly person's life. It's nice also
to personally deliver our Blankets and I can account for each one that has been made by myself,
or our 'SIBOLETTE's'.  It's great to know where each one has gone to.

I am now left with Marie Curie Daffodil Blankets, Breast Cancer 'Think Pink' ones,
and also our Challenge Blankets.

The Daffodil ones will be sent off when the final two are ready, Think Pinks have to be auctioned or donated and the Challenge Blankets will be given to a Home when we have enough for everyone.

We really are doing so well everyone!  I am terribly grateful to everyone that supports the 'SIBOL' project. We have just hit SIBOL 384! What an achievement!

How can you help?

I'm inviting you to make a 6" Square.
This can be Knitted or Crocheted.
Any Colour/Any Design
Acrylic yarn if possible.

These Squares will be absolutely ideal for our Stash. On receiving them, I group them together in colours. Then when I have enough I make them into a Blanket.

We also need Challenge Squares and all details are over on 

Apart from receiving Squares either for the Stash or the Challenges, we require donated Blankets. This really would help me as you can imagine at times we get rather a lot of Squares come in. 

So why not make a Blanket and practice a new Square you have been making?

Our usual 'Sunshine Blankets' comprise of 25 6" Knitted or Crocheted Squares with
roughly a 1" to 2" Border.

Or if you want to make something of your own design please do.


Thanks to you all again!


x Sue x

Do you love Grannies?

Hi everyone!

Do you love Grannies? I do. There's nothing nicer than the traditional Granny Square and I just love the ones that moragtodd has put together for 'SIBOL'.  In the post this morning I have received a really colourful Granny Blanket and it is really very pretty.

A superb Granny Blanket thank you!

I have added some Butterflies and Ribbon and it will be put away for my next deliveries. Granny Squares are a great way of using that un-wanted yarn. Why not have a go yourself and make a Blanket for 'SIBOL?'  We usually make Blankets up of  25 - 6" Squares with a 1" to 2" border. I'd be very pleased to receive a donation for SIBOL.  If there is anything I can help you with please email me
on sueatpigsty@talktalk.net

moragtodd also made a Knitted Square for our 'Gardening' Challenge. This will be very useful for our Gardening Challenge.

'Gardening' Challenge. Thank you!

Thank you so much for making the Square and indeed the Granny Blanket morag. I love everything thank you very much and now why not view your Slide Show?

Created with flickr slideshow.

Thanks for visiting 'SIBOL' today.


x Sue x

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

'It's a hoot!'

Good Afternoon everyone!

Thanks for visiting 'SIBOL' today!

I would like to thank mandas' challenges for organising an Owl Challenge over on RAVERLY. She asked our active 'SIBOLETTE's' if they would like a free pattern to make a superb Owl Square. Of course the Ladies in the group jumped at the chance to try the Square out and soon after Squares started pouring in to her home.

It's been really lovely over the last month or so to see the Owls flying in. They each have their own character and have been made in great colour combinations. Today I received the Blanket back at SIBOL HQ.

I have given you the link to RAVELRY so  you can have a look at the Square yourself.

Let's take a look now at the finished Blanket.

'SIBOLETTES' were invited to make an Owl Square by mandas' challenges. Today I received the Blanket back. Wow! Thank you all so much!

More photos in our Slide Show.

Created with flickr slideshow.

I really love this Blanket thank you mandas' challenges and thanks to all the SIBOLETTE's who took part. I will save this and put it with the other Challenge Blankets. I can't get over how beautiful this Blanket is and I know an Elderly person is just going to love it. What a talking point.


I would also like to thank divip (Wales) for her bright Orange Squares received today and a gorgeous set of Butterflies. I am really grateful to you and may I wish you a Happy Birthday from all your friends on RAVELRY.

divip (Wales) Diane. Thank you for the Butterfies and.....

also the Squares!

Thank you divip.

Thanks so much for visiting today!


x Sue x

Monday, 25 March 2013

A beautiful Blanket from Singapore!

Good Afternoon to you all!

First of all I am very very sorry if anyone is experiencing 'upsetting pop-ups' when visiting the 'SIBOL' Blog. I am getting very rude obscene comments my end left by a 'computer' I think in California, USA. They are coming in every minute and it's driving me absolutely nuts.

I got on to Blogger help which I always find terribly 'un-helpful' and someone emailed me to tell me to alter my settings to stop 'anonymous'. Over the last few hours the notifications seemed to have stopped so I am praying this will solve the problem. I'm very sorry if you have experienced anything yourself.

Could I ask you to notify me on sueatpigsty@talktalk.net or over on RAVERLY  here's the Link. if you are getting any trouble your end please? Many thanks.

My Postman has had a busy day today. If you scroll down to the previous post you will be able to see new Challenge and Stash Squares from Marilyn and tangled_web. They are so lovely. Thank you both very much indeed.

I have also received a parcel from 'PinkLemons' today over in Singapore. She has very kindly sent me some Stash Squares, Butterflies and a beautiful Blanket which she has made herself to be donated to the Elderly here in the UK. How kind of her to send a Blanket all those miles!  She tells me this is the first time she has made a Blanket and it has been a wonderful experience for her. She has received a lot of pleasure making it for someone and she hopes that they receive a lot of love from it. I'm sure they will 'PinkLemons'. It is indeed an 'act of kindness' from you, thank you very much. I will be sure to pass it on to the Home I am visiting over the next week.

This really is an interesting Blanket. Full of colour too!

Alter Ego Crochet Square by Jacqui Goulbourn

Thank you very much indeed!

If you would like to read more about the Squares  please follow the Link to RAVELRY

Created with flickr slideshow.

You will be able to see the Squares and Butterflies in the Slide Show!  Enjoy!

This is a really unusual Blanket 'PinkLemons' I am very grateful to you, I know it will be received so well. Thank you.

Thanks for visiting today!

x Sue x

New Challenge Squares arrive today!

Hi everyone!

First of all I am very very sorry if anyone is experiencing 'upsetting pop-ups' when visiting the 'SIBOL' Blog. I am getting very rude obseen comments my end left by a 'computer' I think in California, USA. They are coming in every minute and it's driving me absolutely nuts.

I got on to Blogger help which I always find terribly 'un-helpful' and someone emailed me to tell me to alter my settings to stop 'anonymous'. Over the last few hours the notifications seemed to have stopped so I am praying this will solve the problem. I'm very sorry if you have experienced anything yourself.

Could I ask you to notify me on sueatpigsty@talktalk.net or over on RAVERLY  here's the Link. if you are getting any trouble your end please? Many thanks.

I have had a busy day today with lots of Squares come in.

First of all I have Marilyns' Squares. These are for the 'SIBOL' stash and very pretty indeed.

Marilyn (UK) Thank you - your Squares arrived today!

All made in great colours and patterns. I know you like to look at them closely so here goes....

Created with flickr slideshow.

Thank you Marilyn, your Squares are really pretty!  I love them!

I also have Squares arrive from tangled_web in Wales. 
tangled_web has enjoyed making these Squares for the Stash and our Challenges and I am so pleased
she is enjoying the 'SIBOL' Blog. She loves looking at the beautiful Blankets on 'SIBOL'
and receives lots of inspiration from our work  too.
tangled_web (Liz/Wales) Your Squares arrived! Thank you!
So thank you very much indeed for making them tangled_web!
I am very grateful to you too!

Created with flickr slideshow.

What great Squares today thank you both very much!
x Sue x

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Colour in my Garden!

Good Morning!

Remembering those Summer Days.....when I could play outside!  We have snow here again in the UK and it's terribly cold outside. Just looking back at some of our older photos.

Out into the Garden we go again! In between rain......>


Ta - Dah! Introducing SIBOL No. 20! Flower theme No. 5 ! Thank you to all the Ladies who have sent me Flower Squares!

Tea for two?

Ana (Mexico!) Your Squares have arrived! Thank You!

My garden is full of Flowers today!

Each Flower Square is so different.........> Shows our own personalities I feel! ......>

Close up of Sallys Squares.

Ta - Dah! Introducing SIBOL No. 23 (Flower Theme 8) 'Full of Love' - named by shiloandspeiky! Thanks to the Ladies who contributed Squares to this blanket! shiloandspeiky, Nettie, GrannySquare49, Mrs Twins (a much needed flower ), Wanda.

I wish.......


I have also decided to sell on my collection of The Art of Crochet if anyone is interested please contact me by email Sue on sueatpigsty@talktalk.net

The Art of Crochet 'For Sale.

I have parts 1 to 29
with 2 Binders for sale.
No yarn included
Plus a 'Getting Started' DVD.

I'm selling it for £35.00 plus Postage
If you are willing  to pay postage abroad I will ship to you.
A quote for shipping will be available on request.
Payment by Paypal only.
Thank you!


x Sue x

Thursday, 21 March 2013

A new Granny Square Blanket arrives today!

Good Afternoon,

Welcome to our 'SIBOL' Blog!

I am very happy to be welcoming 'Jayne' today. She is a brand new 'SIBOLETTE' and has very kindly sent me a lovely set of Butterflies and a beautiful Granny Square Blanket. The Butterflies
are perfect  and they will be great for our Stash.  The Blanket reminds me of Oranges and Lemons. I just love Granny Squares they are my all time favourite. This Blanket is going to be loved I know as the Elderly love bright colours. I'm going to pass this one on to the Home I visited the other day and it has arrived just in time, thank you Jayne very much indeed.

Let's take a look now.

A beautiful Blanket thank you!

I found out some Orange ribbon which matches perfectly  and also used two of Jayne's Butterflies to decorate the Blanket.

Created with flickr slideshow.

I have been receiving 'weird spam' comments on the 'SIBOL' Blog and have now altered the Settings to 'approve'. 
We do still need some Daffodil Squares. Although we have enough now for the 9 Hospices of Marie Curie, I am going to make a  Daffodil Blanket up to either pass on to the Elderly or to fund-raise with. So if you want to make any more please do. Thank you!
I have a Cake video to show you. 
This is amazing, with thanks to Bev for linking us.
A cake without Calories! Just what I need!
Thanks for visiting 'SIBOL' today!
x Sue x

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

'Remnants' and Challenge Squares arrive today!

Good Morning to you all!

I just love looking out for the Postman and this morning he bought me two parcels. One from Liztelf and the other from manda's challenges.

Let's have a look first what was in the parcel from Liztelf!

A beautiful Granny Square Blanket which  has  been made in left-over Stash yarn. This Blanket is made in Chunky yarn and it is so warm. I love the autumny colours and it is going to give a great deal of comfort to the person who receives it. It's a great way of using your odd bits of yarn up and if you want to make a Granny Square Blanket for 'SIBOL' then I'd be most happy to receive it. Any queries please mail me Sue on sueatpigsty@talktalk.net  I'd be sure to pass it on to the Elderly for you.


The colours 'in real' look much better  than on this photo. I've done my best, the light is not too good today.

Liztelf also sent me some Ribbon for the Blanket and some beautiful Butterflies. I am very grateful to you Liztelf, thank you! Love the Butterflies, made in great colours.

Do you want to have a go at the Butterflies? Please follow the link.

Here's your Slide Show now! Thank you!

Created with flickr slideshow.

The other parcel contained Challenge Squares from manda's challenges.
What a great selection!
manda's challenges. Thank you for Challenge Squares!
You certainly have come up with some fantastic ideas. I love the Campervans for our Transport Challenge. Wow! Thank you ever so much!

Created with flickr slideshow.

Thanks to both of you I appreciate your hard work!


x Sue x

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Our 'Think Pinks' for 'Breast Cancer Care'.

Craft Talk/Delivery Day is on previous posts please scroll down. Thank you.

Good Evening to you!

I thought it would be nice to put our 'Breast Cancer' -  'Think Pink's on the web site this evening as it's a while since we saw them altogether.

These Blankets were made  'internationally  by Members of the 'SIBOL' Group.

We have so far raised £300.00 from the sale of two of these beautiful Blankets.
It's lovely to have a look at the Squares again, there are some really interesting patterns here.

Each of our 'Think Pinks' are different and unique and some of the Ladies who made Squares for these Blankets have been affected themselves by Breast Cancer.

I have also put up a photo of the Craft Talk Display I was invited to attend last Monday. You will be able to see our Think Pink's on Display along with our Marie Curie Cancer Care 'Daffodil' Blankets.

I would like to thank everyone who contributed to this gorgeous Blanket.

What a pretty Blanket and how kind of you 'jean nock' to make this one for us.  Think Pink (7).

'Think Pink' (6).  'Pink Ribbon'.  So beautiful!

Think Pink (4) Assembled by ATheeC.

'Think Pink' (3) Assembled by Fiona.

Think Pink (2) Assembled by Joanna.

'Think Pink' Blanket for 'Breast Cancer Care'. Assembled by Lotti. (1).

I hope you have enjoyed looking at them once again.

Thanks for visiting,


x Sue x