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, 30 April 2012

Our 'Emmerdale' Blanket.

Hi Everyone!

As you know we work very hard all year making 'Sunshine Blankets' for the Elderly in Nursing Homes, but on occasions it's nice to make our 'Charity Blankets' and our 'specials'. 

While watching 'Emmerdale' a TV soap opera a few weeks ago, I noticed as usual the Crocheted Blankets on the backs of the sofa in the 'Dingle Household'. Well I thought it was about time they had one of our 'SIBOL' Blankets!  So I quickly got to work asking Ladies on RAVELRY if they wanted to help me. Well any excuse to get those Crocheting Hooks and Knitting Needles out! They jumped at the chance to make a Flower Square in really bright 'noticeable' colours.  The Squares started pouring in and today I have great pleasure in showing you our 'Emmerdale' Blanket. 

I would like to thank everyone for taking part. This  really was  such a fun Blanket to make. I do hope we get to see our Blanket on TV. There is no guarantee they will show it, but I'm going to do my best!

I am going to send it to 'Jane Cox' who play 'Lisa Dingle'. I have the address so all I have to do is to type the letter and tell her about our Group and send it off to them.

I hope you like it, thanks everyone!

Thanks to everyone who contributed Squares for this special Blanket for 'Emmerdale' TV programme.

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Updated Lunchtime!

Thanks to annlynncraft over on RAV, I have today received these gorgeous Squares. All made in beautiful colours and great designs. She also made some Stars for our Blankets to hang on with the Butterflies.

annlynncraft (RAV) (UK) Has sent in some Star Embellishments for our Blankets! Thank you!

Squares of all patterns and colours!

Thank you so much annlynncraft!

Such a lot of Squares today and Stars too! They are all gorgeous!

I am always 'extremely grateful' for embellishments! She has sent in a selection of Hearts, Flowers, Butterflies before  and now Stars! I think we ought to call her our 'Embellisment Co-Ordinator'.  If anyone else wants to send in Butterflies, or anything else then please do they are always so useful!.

Ann (Your embellishments arrived today! Thank you!

How kind of Ann to make Hearts, Butterflies and Flowers for our Blankets

Beautiful Butterflies!

I'm off to pack this parcel up! Thanks everyone!

x Sue x

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Sally's Ta - Dah day!

Good Evening,

I am very late writing this post due to a busy weekend with my family and I was waiting for some good light. We have had rain virtually all weekend and it's been pretty miserable.  But this afternoon after finishing our 'Emmerdale' Blanket I thought I would try and take some photos of Sallys' Squares and donated Blankets.

Sally (UK) Your Squares have arrived! Thank you!

These Squares are lovely Sally, thank you. 

Sally has very kindly made a Blanket for SIBOL using some Squares that she had at home. What a good idea to put them to some good use! This Blanket is beautiful, let's take a look.

The centre is stunning!

She has made a wonderful job of this Blue Blanket, but here's another one! What a kind Lady!

These two colour combinations are stunning!

It is lovely! The colours are so delicate looking. I added some Butterflies out of our SIBOL Stash and some ribbon too! What wonderful Blankets, I can't tell you how grateful I am. These will be delivered to the Homes in a few months time. Thank you very much Sally!

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Our 'Emmerdale' Blanket is finished and as it's Sally's day today, I will be posting photos tomorrow!

Thanks for visiting 'SIBOL' this evening!

x Sue x

Friday, 27 April 2012

Lots of Squares on a Friday!

Good Evening,

Another miserable day here in the UK. This rain is just not giving up and they say we have a hose pipe ban in some parts of the Country!  Well it's a good job I have some pretty Squares to cheer us up that's all I can say!

I would like to thank first of all 'creativegranny' for sending in these beautiful Squares. The centres are just so pretty.  It's amazing how different a Square can look when you use a variety of  colour combinations. 'creativegranny' certainly has a way with colours!  These Squares are really nice and will look great in a Blanket for the Elderly.

'creativegranny' is really enjoying our web site and actually she has joined our SIBOL RAV Group. She tells me what fun she is having and what a nice group of Ladies they are, so why don't you join us? We'd be very happy to say hello to you!

I am a lucky girl today, 'creativegranny' also sent me two Friendship gifts. One a pretty Heart with the words 'Friendship' on the back. The front too is lovely very decorative indeed.  I can smell Lavender too! How lovely! Also a little 'Friendship Doll'. Can you spot the words 'Love, Peace and Hope?' She is so....cute!  I was also sent two 'Earl Grey Tea Bags'.  I shall have that cup of tea with you 'creativegranny' while joining my Squares up! :)  A very nice thought thank you.  I'm very grateful to you for the donations of ribbon too, that was very nice of you!

A 'Friendship Heart and Doll' So pretty! Thank you!

Thanks for everything today and I am so pleased you have found us! :)

I'm sure everyone are waiting for your Squares, here they are!

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I'm very busy today, lots of Squares. These next ones have come in from Suzanne here in the UK. Suzanne tells me she hasn't been Crocheting for long! You would never have thought it! The Squares once again are just so pretty, lovely patterns and great colours! Once again here is another Lady who knows how to put colours together! Let's have a look at her Squares now!

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

I'm teasing you! Here they are in a Slide Show. There are so many of them, sit back now and enjoy these lovely Squares too!

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I am hoping to finish off the 'Emmerdale' Blanket this weekend, if all goes well. I shall keep you posted!

I'm going to tell you know how our Butterflies started. Back in the early days a Lady from the States 'Linda' very kindly sent me 50 Squares.

I showed you the enormous pile of Squares>...........

 I made two Blankets with these Squares and the Blue one which was SIBOL No.8  was decorated with a couple of Butterflies.

I made them into 'SIBOL' No.8. I made a few Butterflies to sit gently amongst the Squares!

Linda loved her Blanket and she wanted me to call it 'Butterfly' which I did. Then Salma in Kuwait said why not use them as a 'Trademark' for SIBOL. So everytime we finish a Blanket I make Butterflies for them.   I have been told by a couple of people that the Residents in the Homes love our Butterflies and they hang them on door knobs and even Zimmer frames! 

I keep a Butterfly Stash here at HQ and if anyone wants to have a go at making some for a change then please do!  I use a great video tutorial from Netspets in  Australia my dear friend Nettie. Here's the link.  This really helps me because I can just pick one up when a Blanket is donated to me or when I make one and it's a lot quicker.

Thanks so much for visiting 'SIBOL' this evening.Thank you too 'creativegranny' and Suzanne for the most amazing Squares!

x Sue x

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Beautiful Blankets arrive at SIBOL!

Good Afternoon Everyone!

Welcome to 'SIBOL'.

I am very pleased to be showing you two beautiful Blankets which have arrived today. They have both been sent to me by 'jean nock' here in the UK.

'jean nock' on Flickr regularly helps me assemble Blankets, I send her 25 Squares with a couple of balls of yarn and hey presto she comes up with the most beautiful work! So thank you very much 'jean nock'. I would also  like to thank everyone who has very kindly donated the Squares in this Blanket they are all so lovely. Let's take a look now at the first one.

Thanks to everyone that donated Squares for this Challenge!

I tried to edit this photo because I spotted a little end on the floor but the new editing programme on Flickr was not working for me this morning! So I'm afraid we are stuck with seeing it. Isn't this a gorgeous Blanket?

Not only did I receive this Blanket but I also received a second Blanket. 'jean nock' made all these 25 Squares herself and made the Blanket up and sent it to me. How kind! Thank you very much 'jean nock' a complete surprise!

Thank you to 'jean nock'. She very kindly made and donated this gorgeous Blanket! It is so pretty!

The idea of making your very own 'SIBOL' Blanket has become very popular indeed. I put this idea up on the Challenge Blog as 'optional Challenges' because very often I am asked if Ladies could make their own Blankets up! Well this is actually helping me a lot at the moment because with over '300' Squares come in for our Olympic Challenge 'I am otherwise engaged you might say!'.  When the Olympic Blankets are finished I shall be making the cards up and popping out to Nursing Homes to deliver these wonderful Blankets. So if you want to make your own Blanket up please pop over to our Challenge Blog.  All instructions are written out for you and if you want to print the post off you can now do so by clicking 'on printable version' after the post. Debi in the States very kindly gave me instructions on how to do this. I am quite slow at times and to tell you the truth I was terribly frightened messing around with Blogger but I did manage it and I can see it will be useful to us.

I do really need Squares for the Challenges. There is still a  couple of Jan Eaton Blocks  available if any one wants to make one. Here's the link!  I did initially put deadline dates up but they are a little slow coming in this year so I am keeping the Challenges on for a while. I shall just let the Challenges run until I am finished with the Olympic Blankets and then we will try and 'tidy' them up so to speak.   So if you want to take part in any of them please follow this link to SIBOL CHALLENGES.

I am doing really well with the Olympic Blankets. I have now finished sewing in the ends of two Blankets, meanwhile on the evenings I have been Crocheting up Squares for the 'Emmerdale' Blanket. Oh golly the Squares are just the prettiest things! I can't wait to have this one finished. I'm hoping to get it finished early next week and then send it off to 'Mrs Dingle!' ha.ha. Can you believe that!

If you want to join our friendly 'SIBOL' Group over on RAVELRY. Please follow this link. It is always lovely to meet new Ladies over there. Anytime of day there is always someone to chat too!

Thank you for visiting 'SIBOL' today!

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x Sue x

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

No Squares today............but

Hello Everyone!

Of course I can't have deliveries of Squares 'everyday' now can I? So when I am not posting photos of new Squares onto Flickr and the web site, I spend my time making Blankets up and sewing those dreadful ends in. I say 'dreadful' actually I have quite enjoyed my day sewing in the ends with a nice cup of hot chocolate and listening to Steve Wright with all of his oldies playing on the radio. I have to admit I don't very often have Steve Wright on I have Classical FM radio on, but today was a sing a long day and what could be better while  I have been doing this!

As for the Ta - Dah! Well I'm sorry you will have to wait a while for that. I'm in the teasing mood!

I would love to thank everyone for their donations of Olympic Squares. As I crochet them together I admire the beautiful work of many talented Ladies from all over the World, so from me to you 'A Big Thank You!' and let's hope our Olympic Blanket will raise some money for Alzheimers here in the UK.

I say Blanket there will be more than one Blanket. I am doing four Blankets because I have so...many Squares. The first will be a mixture the one you can see on the table. There will be a 100 Flag Olympic Blanket, a 49 Knitted Red, Blue and White Blanket and a 25 6" Square Red, Blue and White Blanket. They are all assembled but I still have quite a way to go, I have the ends to finish and I also have to do the Borders......So Steve Wright I will listen to you again another afternoon! You're really helping me get through these ends!

Thanks for visiting 'SIBOL' and here's a crafty look at the first Olympic Blanket. All proceeds will be going to the  Alzheimers Society here in the UK.

Bye for now and thanks for visiting 'SIBOL' today!

Monday, 23 April 2012

Monday's Squares!

Good Afternoon and welcome to 'SIBOL',

I'm very happy to be showing you three 'Emmerdale' Squares which have arrived at lunchtime from 'jessiebonbon' on RAVELRY.  These are such pretty Flower Squares and I think my favourite is the Daffodil. They are going to look great in our Blanket thanks so much jessiebonbon. All made in wonderful colours I think they are so pretty!

Jessiebonbon (RAV) (UK) 'Sue' Your 'Emmerdale' Squares have arrived thank you!

Those aren't the only Flower Squares which have arrived today. I have also received a great selection from Marilyn here in the UK. Not only did she send Flower Squares but a great variety of Squares which are just so interesting. Take a look at these wonderful Squares!

They are so pretty too, a great selection of Flower Squares!

Aren't they lovely? I have made a Slide Show for you now Marilyn, thanks so much for sending them to me.

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x Sue x

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Squares on a Saturday!

Good Morning everyone!

I am very pleased to be showing you some Squares which have arrived from Sistersestina (RAV) (UK). A variety of patterns have been used in these Squares and they are all so interesting. I'm sure you would like to see them.





Lovely aren't they? Thank you so much for sending them to me Sistersestina! I am very grateful to you.

I would also like to thank jenn1feranne for taking over the responsibility of Birthday announcements over on RAVELRY as from today 21st April. As you know arien 156 is our SWAP Administrator, Lotti02 our EBAY Administrator and I am always very grateful to 'jean nock' who helps me make the Blankets up. I would also like to thank the Ladies over on RAVELRY who on occasions help me with organising the Charity Blankets.

I am very grateful to everyone that also sends me Squares and donated Blankets. Thank you so much! As soon as my Olympic work is completed I shall be out and about to Nursing Homes delivering our Blankets.

x Sue x

Friday, 20 April 2012

Friday Squares!

Good Morning everyone!

Welcome to SIBOL!

Before I begin today's post, the Blanket at the top in the header picture is 'Barley Sugar' and this was made by Fiona in the Netherlands and donated to 'SIBOL'.  Isn't it lovely?

Secondly, SIBOL has a new button. If you look underneath each post you will see a button which you can click on to get a 'printable version'. This is also on SIBOL CHALLENGES.
I have some pretty Squares once again for you to look at. They have come in from Kianie, Pamela and Anne all in the UK. Thank you all so much!

First of all we have Kianie's 'Emmerdale' Square. Look at how she has incorporated these tiny gold beads in to the centre of the Flowers. So lovely. The Flowers look so fresh made in the white and yellow. This one is going to look lovely in our special Blanket for Emmerdale Kianie!

Kianie (UK) (RAV) Your 'Emmerdale' Square has arrived. So pretty thank you!

Next we have a Square made for our 'Owl' Challenge. The Square has been made by Pamela and I just love this interesting Owl. He has a really nice face don't you think? Great bulging eyes and a yellow beak set
on a blue Knitted background. Simply adorable. Thank you Pamela. I still need Squares for our 'Owl' Challenge so please pop over to our Challenge Blog if you want to join in.

Pamela (UK) Your 'Owl' Square has arrived thank you!

Anne has very kindly sent in some Squares for our SIBOL Stash. A pretty Flower Square amongst the three she sent in. They are all made in great colours and are wonderful patterns.

pippa-anne (UK) Your SIBOL Stash Squares have arrived! Thank you!

I am very grateful to you for sending the Squares in to me thank you so much.

I think that's all for now thanks for visiting 'SIBOL' today!

x Sue x

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Challenge Squares arrive!

Header photo. 'Queensday' made by Fiona in the Netherlands.

Hello welcome to 'SIBOL!'

I am very pleased to be showing you two gorgeous Squares which have arrived today from Joanna here in the UK. Joanna has very kindly made two Challenge Squares. One for our 'One Heart From Around The World' Challenge and the other for our 'Emmerdale' Blanket.

'Emmerdale' Challenge. Thank you so pretty!

Flower Square for 'Emmerdale'.

'One Heart From Around The World' Challenge. Thank you!

Square for 'One Heart Around The World'.

If you'd like to take a look at our Challenges please visit 'SIBOL CHALLENGES!'.
We do still have lots of Challenges available.  There might be something there which interests you.

Thank you Joanna for sending me these Squares I'm very grateful to you!

Thanks for visiting today!

x Sue x

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Beautiful Squares for you to see!

Good evening everyone!

Welcome to SIBOL!

I am very happy to be showing your another Crocheted Flower Square. This one is for our 'Emmerdale' Blanket and it has been made by pippas45 (RAV) (UK).  Such a pretty Square once again made in gorgeous colours. Our 'Emmerdale' Blanket is going to look lovely with all these donated Flower Squares!

pippa-anne (UK) Your 'Emmerdale Flower Square' has arrived today! Thank you!

I think these two colours work really well together, thank you pippas45 for sending it to me. You have made it beautifully. I love it.

I am also very happy to be welcoming trudygr to our 'SIBOL' RAV group. It is always so nice to have new Ladies join us. trudygr has sent me some really lovely Crocheted Squares, some for our Stash and some for Challenges. We have had a lovely 'Emmerdale' Flower Square too from trudygr.  I'm going to put the rest of the Squares in to a Slide Show that I have made for her.

trudygr (RAV) Wales. Your 'Emmerdale Flower Square' has arrived today! Thank you!

As I said our 'Emmerdale' Blanket is going to be really nice, I'll keep my fingers crossed like the rest of our 'SIBOLETTES' that one night we will see it on their sofa!

trudygr has Crocheted some gorgeous Squares, beautiful colours and really nice patterns. I love the variegated yarn that has been used in these Squares. Thank you so much for sending these Squares to 'SIBOL'.

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Thanks to both of you for gorgeous Squares, I am very grateful to you!

I am getting along fine with the Olympic Squares but I shall be taking a little break very soon to make the 'Emmerdale' Blanket. I can't wait to make it we've had some wonderful Squares for this 'in between' Challenge.

Our usual Challenges are over on SIBOL CHALLENGES.

If you'd like to take a closer look at all the Blankets and Squares we have received into SIBOL HQ, please visit my Flickr photostream.  This is my visual record of all Squares and Blankets that are made.

I do hope you have a nice evening. It's dark outside now 7.45pm and it's wet and miserable not to mention the cold!

Thanks for visiting 'SIBOL' this evening and thanks Ladies again for the Squares!

x Sue x

Monday, 16 April 2012

Emmerdale beauties!

Good Morning!

I am very pleased to be showing you two lovely Flower squares which have just this minute arrived from my 'very best friend' Brenda. Two gorgeous squares made in Red, White and Blue for our special 'Emmerdale' Blanket. 

I would like to thank everyone also for sending their squares in to me for this special challenge. It's a one-off 'fun blanket' I suppose you could call it.

Let's take a look now at Brendas' squares! They are so pretty!

Thank you Brenda for sending the squares to me, I really appreciate them!

Thanks for stopping by.....

x Sue x

Sunday, 15 April 2012

What are we good at?

Good Evening everyone!

As everyone knows we work very hard all year long making 'Sunshine Blankets' for the Elderly in Nursing Homes. But every now and then we have 'special Charity Challenges' where we try to raise money for various good causes.

If you remember April of last year we made the special 'Royal Wedding Blanket'. This was a beautiful Blanket to make. It totalled 56 Squares all with the Royal Wedding in mind. Squares came in from all over the World and we won first prize in a competition organised by Great British Yarns. The Blanket was auctioned on EBAY and it raised £112.00 for Prince William and Kate Middleton's Charity Gift Fund.

The Royal Wedding Blanket.

The Squares were all gorgeous!

Then we made and auctioned our first 'Think Pink' Blanket. Squares once again came in from all over. Of course the Squares were made in shades of Pink and it was put together by Lotti on RAVELRY.  It raised £102.00 on EBAY and all proceeds were sent off to Breast Cancer Care.

'Think Pink' Blanket for 'Breast Cancer Care'.

Our third Blanket was made for the Jersey Textile Showcase. This is an event held every year in Jersey and I decided to ask our 'SIBOLETTES' if they wanted to help me make a Blanket to raise money for Mencap. The theme was 'Your Local Landscape' and I asked my 'SIBOLETTES' to design and make a Square Knitted or Crocheted showing a 'view from their window'.  So we had everything from gardens and countryside to Blackpool Tower and the Forth Bridge in Scotland. This was a really exciting Blanket to make and I was so happy to find out from Pat Robson the Organiser that our Blanket raised £95.00! What an achievement!

Our 'Your Local Landscape' Challenge Blanket hanging proud!

I would like to show you an extract from the email I received from Pat Robson.

Pat said,

"All together we raised £500 for Mencap of which £95 was from your blanket. We were inundated with scarves etc most of which we sold but did get left with some , lovely ones, which will be used to sell at their shop.

The blanket was greatly admired and having the information to go with it made it really interesting.

Best Wishes, Pat Robson "

So in total we have raised as a Group £309.00 for various Charities. Our work for the Elderly in Nursing Homes is extremely important to me but so are these special Blankets. It gives our Group new Challenges, something different to work for and of course it benefits those in need.

You all know that I am working now on our Olympic project. With over 300 Squares arrive I have a massive job now putting them together. I do hope once again we can raise a substantial amount of money. This time hopefully raising money for the Alzheimers Society in the UK.

The photo at the top of the web site is our Blanket on show at the exhibition in Jersey. I am very grateful to Pat for allowing us to exhibit our Blanket and for sending the photos back to me. It's very important for me to show you where our Blankets have gone to. Thank you also Pat for telling us how much our Blanket raised. I am most grateful to you. I do hope we can get involved next year too!

I would like to thank everyone for supporting my project, but especially with these Charity Blankets.

Thanks for visiting 'SIBOL' and have a good weekend!

x Sue x

Saturday, 14 April 2012

A surprise box from the Netherlands!

Hello everyone!

I really would love everyone to go back a post and have a look at this wonderful blanket made by 'creativegranny' (RAV). It has been made in Granny squares and I think it is just so pretty! This blanket arrived on Friday 13th!

Isn't this blanket so pretty!

It was sitting in my porch when I arrived back from Tesco. I was loaded up with that dreadful 'weekly shopping!'. I just couldn't wait to put my shopping away to see what was inside. On opening I found such a gorgeous blanket. Thank you once again 'creativegranny'. The blanket is stunning and it was so nice to chat to you on email!

But.......the excitement didn't stop there because around 3.00pm a courier pulled up just as my Daughter was leaving. I had been helping her wash her car and after giving her a little treat of a few grocery items to take back with her to her flat I was in desperate need of a cup of tea, but no......I had to see what was inside the box the Courier had delivered! It had travelled all the way from the Netherlands one of our 'SIBOLETTES' dear 'Wilfi' over on RAV. Fiona had very kindly sent me squares for our Challenges and also 'three' donated blankets for SIBOL! Yes 3!  Wow!

Fiona has made squares for our Nursery Rhyme Challenge, Owl Challenge and Emmerdale 'special' blanket, also enclosing two Butterflies for the Emmerdale blanket. A 'soap gift' was also enclosed in the colours of blue and white. The smell of the soap is just lovely! Very kind of you Fiona thank you.

This blanket is called  'Isabelle's Rainbow' named after Fiona's Daughter 'Isabelle'. It did start it's life as a baby blanket for her Daughter who is now 11 years of age but Fiona has decided that after a long time of squares sitting around in a bag she would make a blanket for 'SIBOL'. I am so pleased you have done Fiona, the blanket is gorgeous. What beautiful colours! Your work is lovely.

The blanket is made out of stash yarn. A simple Granny blanket but how beautiful. This one is called 'Barley Sugar'. It reminds Fiona of when she was younger, she visited the  Kermesse (Festival) with her Grandparents. She always buys Candy Barley with the sweet colours of pink, white and yellow! I love to read what inspires Ladies to crochet! This is once again a gorgeous blanket Fiona, thank you!

This is the third and final blanket that Fiona has sent me today. This one is called 'Queensday'. The blanket has been made in the colours of her country. In Holland they have 30th April  as 'Queensday' when everyone is full of fun and happiness!
What a beautiful blanket Fiona!

I am very grateful to you Fiona too for making such wonderful blankets. How very kind of you! Once again our UK Nursing Homes are going to love  these blankets for their Residents. I know  Nursing Homes do have good heating to keep their Residents warm but it's always so nice to have a blanket draped on the back of a chair in case someone gets a little chilly. Elderly people do feel  the cold at times. Some of the Residents in the Homes I have visited like to put them on their beds to decorate their private rooms, or maybe if they are sitting outside it's nice to use a warm blanket over their knees, thank you very much!

 I would now like you to have a  look at Fiona's work in a Slide show!

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I think that's about all for today!
Bye for now!

x Sue x

Friday, 13 April 2012

Flower Power!

'creativegranny' has made and donated this beautfiful Granny Square blanket! Thank You!

Hi everyone!

It's Friday already I can't believe how quickly another week has flown by!  I am just popping in to show you a beautiful Flower blanket which has arrived from 'creativegranny' over on RAVELRY.  I only added 'creativegrany' as a friend a very short time ago and this morning I have received a beautiful Granny square blanket from her. This blanket is another 'stunner' and each square has been made in such interesting colours. Have a look at the centres in the squares on the close up photos I'm going to show you. 'creativegranny' also very kindly sent me some Flower squares which are the prettiest things too. If you look at the squares you will see a basket of Flowers this one is just so different.

I am extremely grateful to you 'creativegranny' and I know that your blanket will be very well received by our Nursing homes. I have taken some photos and put them into a Slide show for you so make yourself a cup of tea and have a look now at your beautiful blanket. As soon as my Olympic work is finished I shall be delivering our blankets to the Nursing Homes. 'creativegranny' you are now in our SIBOL 'Hall of Fame'. This is just a thread on RAVELRY, thanking you for your blanket. I do hope 'creativegranny' has inspired you to make a blanket for 'SIBOL'. 

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Did you enjoy the Slide show?  I hope so.

Thank you for visiting 'SIBOL' and enjoy the weekend.

x Sue x

Thursday, 12 April 2012

New Squares and news!

Good evening everyone!

Thank you for visiting 'SIBOL' this evening.

I am very pleased to be showing you some crocheted and knitted squares that have been sent in by Sally here in the UK. The squares have been made in beautiful shades of blue and they really are lovely. I think most appropriate for a man's blanket Sally! A great variety of patterns has also been used and they really are very interesting. Sally was telling me that she spends a lot of time on the train and often gets out her knitting needles and crocheting hooks! Why not put the time to good use!

Let's take a look at these gorgeous squares now.

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

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I am very grateful to you Sally. Thank you too for the donations of ribbon they will be very useful.

I would also like to show you the latest 'Emmerdale' square to arrive.  This has been made by Beverley here in the UK. I am collecting flower squares so that I can make a blanket which will be sent off to the 'Emmerdale' studios. Have you noticed  that they always have such lovely Granny square blankets on the backs of the chairs in the Dingle Household? Well I thought it was about time they had one of our 'SIBOL' blankets. I am proposing to send one to Jane Cox who plays 'Lisa Dingle'.  I don't know for definite that they will use it, but it's worth a shot.

If you are interested in making a flower square. It has to be a big flower and the brighter the better!
Follow the link and put your name down please.

Let's take a look at Bev's square.

Bev (UK) 'Emmerdale Square' Thank you! So pretty!

You will also be very pleased to know that we have had a brilliant response for our Olympic Challenge and our final total for squares is 302! Wow! Amazing.  I am now in the process of plannng the blanket and assembling it. As we have had so ....many squares beyond my expectations I think I will be making more than one blanket. I was up until the early hours of this morning planning out my next move and it was quite daunting I have to say! I think things are under control now and this evening I plan to get to bed rather earlier than 3.30am! 

Thanks to everyone that has contributed squares for this challenge. We really are hoping to raise as much money as we can for the Alzheimers Society here in the UK during the summer months on EBAY
auctioning our Olympic Blanket(s)! There is a lot of work ahead of me and I hope it won't be too long before I can show you what we have achieved!

These Squares are amazing thank you so much for taking the time and trouble making them! I just love them!


Olympic Squares to date.

Olympic Squares.

Olympic Squares.

Amazing work from everyone! Thank you!

I have some good news too. I am very happy to be telling you that I have been approached by the Solihull Craft Group and they are asking me if I would like to go and give a talk about our Group. Julia, the Demonstration Secretary first heard about our work when her Mother received one of our Sunshine blankets at the home where her Mother resides. Of course.......I will be terribly nervous I have never done anything like this before but I am looking forward to it. I shall be taking some of our squares along to show the Ladies in the Group and also our beautiful blankets!  So Julia thank you very much for inviting me and I look forward to seeing you 'next year' Monday 11th March 2013. It seems a long time to wait but they have to book the talks up well in advance.

I think that's about all for now. I'm off to do the tea and get an early night.

Bye for now....

x Sue x

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

More Squares for Emmerdale.

Hello Everyone!

Thanks for visiting 'SIBOL' today!

I am very pleased to be showing you two gorgeous Flower Squares which have arrived in today's post. They have been made by jenniferanne (RAV). These Squares are for our Emmerdale Blanket. If you are interested please follow the link to RAVELRY and put your name down! Both of these Squares have been made in really pretty colours. 'Large Blossom' and 'Fall Flower' have been designed by Melanie Stiles. They truly are little beauties and will look super in our Emmerdale Blanket.

jenniferanne (SCOTLAND) Your pretty Emmerdale Squares arrived today! Thank you !

Thank you so much for taking part jenniferanne!

Thanks for visiting 'SIBOL' today!

x Sue x

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Emmerdale Square.

Hi Everyone!

Back to normal today after the Bank Holiday. We've had hail would you believe! Now the sun is shining.....funny weather doesn't know what it's doing.

I am very happy to be showing you a Square that has come in today from big blue (RAV) (UK). big blue is taking part in our Emmerdale Blanket Challenge. Emmerdale is a TV 'soap opera' and they have lots of Granny Blankets draped over their chairs in the 'Dingle Household'. I thought it was about time they had one of our Blanekts! Let's see if they show it!

Follow the link and put your name down to join in the fun.

Here's the pretty Flower Square from big blue! Thank you very much I love it. It's made in gorgeous colours!

'bigblue' (RAV) (UK) 'Emmerdale Square'. Thank you!

One Square arrived today! Thank you for popping in to SIBOL!

x Sue x