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!

Thursday, 30 May 2013

What a lot of Butterflies!

Good Morning to you all!

Thanks for visiting 'SIBOL' today.  I have a new 'Sunshine Blanket' to show you and I would love you to scroll down to 'older post'. Our Blog is very fast moving, we always have such a lot to show you and I do like to give everyone their own little space.

Along with the Blanket I received from Sally this morning, Fee very kindly sent me some Butterflies from a Lady called Sherine. Sherine your Butterflies are absolutely beautiful and I am very grateful to you for spending such a lot of time on them. They are made in such wonderful colours and these are going to be so useful for our Sunshine Blankets. It's surprising how we get down them. I couldn't resist moving my white tree in to the Conservatory this morning and displaying your cute Butterflies.
This tree is usually in my Lounge adorned with gold and white Butterflies to match my room. As I had a pastel Blanket to show you I thought they would match perfectly which they did.

If anyone else wants to make Butterflies for our SIBOL Stash. May I give you Netties Link. She is over in Australia and if you scroll down on her Blog you will see a brilliant video tutorial making them. These Butterflies are always attached to our Blankets for the Elderly. They really are talking points in the homes.
Here's the Link for Nettie.

Let's take a look at Sherine's Butterflies now. They are superb, thank you very much!



We have had quite a lot of Blankets recently and if anyone has odd bits of Ribbon lying around at home that they can't find a use for, would you please think of 'SIBOL?'

We get through such a lot and I'm always on the look out 
for more, thank you!

Well that's it for now.
I hope you have enjoyed looking at these pretty Butterflies, please don't forget to
scroll down.

x Sue x 

I'm back with lunchtime's post.
Thanks to bonsall who has sent me in some really lovely Crocheted Squares 
and more Butterflies.
These are so...cute!

I'm very grateful to you bonsall, thank you!

bonsall. Thank you for the Squares.


What a busy week! Brilliant thanks everyone for your 

x Sue x 

SIBOL 421!

Good Morning,

421 'Sally' assembled thank you.

I am here again with yet another stunning blanket. This one has been assembled by Sally here in the UK. What a remarkable job she has made of it once again! A great selection of Knitted and Crocheted Squares in this blanket and I would like to thank everyone for sending them to me. I just love the border that she has added to the Squares, it really finishes it off beautifully. Love the combination of colours too. What a treat!




Thank you as always Sally for your help assembling SIBOL 421!

x Sue x 

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

'Fluttering Butterflies'.

Good Afternoon,


This is the second post of the day.
So please scroll down and read 'older post'.
I have a lot to show you.

I am very pleased to be showing you our Butterfly Blanket. Now this is  1 of 2 Butterfly Blankets that I am making and I do still need more Squares for the second. So if you are interested please make a Square and send it to me. sueatpigsty@talktalk.net for my address.

All details are on here 'SIBOL CHALLENGES'.

I would like to thank everyone that has taken part in my Butterfly Challenge. I have received such beautiful Squares and it's been a pleasure to put them together. I am calling this Blanket 'Fluttering Butterflies'. I do hope you will like it.



What a treat for an Elderly person! I am amazed at the variety of Squares received. You really have used your 'creativity'. Thank you for taking the time to make them.

I am sorry I can't show my Slide Show that's due to Flickr changing.

Thanks for visiting today!

x Sue x

Lots of Squares arrive today!

Good Afternoon and Welcome to 'SIBOL',

I am very happy to be showing you Squares which have arrived today. Golly what a busy week I am having! Squares received today from Marilyn, Purlygalore and Maria-Jesus. Let's take a look at them now.

These are from Marilyn here in the UK.






Marilyn (UK) Thank you!

A beautiful selection of Squares Marilyn, lovely patterns and colours. Thank you so much. These will look great in our Blankets.

I have also received Squares for our Wartime Challenge from Purlygalore and Maria-Jesus in London.
It's so nice to see your creativity shine through on the themes I set.

Purlygalore (UK) made these.

Purlygalore (UK) Thank you! 'Wartime' Challenge.

What wonderful ideas! Medals are fantastic how clever!

Maria-Jesus also sent in these Wartime Squares.
Poppies and Spitfires! Wow!
I love them.

Maria-Jesus (UK) 'Wartime'Challenge. Great thank you!

I can see an Elderly Gentleman loving this Blanket.
Nice to have a Man's theme.

Also Butterflies for our Stash


and Purlygalore has made a beautiful card.
Just take a look at this!

Purlygalore (UK) Thank you! Wow!

Our famous Butterflies how lovely!
Thank you so much.

Well what fantastic Squares from everyone.
I am very grateful to you all.

x Sue x 

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Busy day here at SIBOL.

Good Afternoon,

I'm very pleased to be showing you two gorgeous Blankets that 'Ginnyknit' has very kindly sent in today.  The first was actually 25 Squares that she assembled for me. I would like to thank everyone that made a Square for this Blanket. It's come out really lovely, a nice variety of Squares.

419 'Ginnyknit' - 'take a bag' Thank you!



The other Blanket I have to show you was made by 'Ginnyknit' herself. This is such a pretty Blanket and of course it's made in our favourite Granny Squares.

418 'Ginnyknit' made and donated this beauty! Thank you!



A great combination of colours.

Thank you so much for helping me with 'take a bag' Ginnyknit.
Also for  making and donating this beautiful Blue Blanket.

I'm very grateful to you,
thank you!

x Sue x 

You must pop in to see these beautiful Crocheted Blankets donated to the 'SIBOL' Group.

Good Morning to you all!

Our 'SIBOL' Blog is very fast moving and nearly each day I write new posts showing you what's new. I do hope you will scroll down to catch up.

Today I have received a bumper parcel from cosseted (Wales).  The parcel was full of Butterflies, Squares and beautiful Blankets. I'm sure you are eager to look at what's new.

First of all 'cosseted' very kindly offered to make up a bag of 25 Squares for me. I would like to thank everyone for sending in these gorgeous Squares. I'm sure you will love the finished Blanket.

Thanks to everyone for sending in the Squares for this blanket.

It's great how Squares come together in a Blanket.

The next one involves our 'SIBOL' Butterflies.
'cosseted' has very kindly made a Blanket for our Butterfly Challenge.
This is so pretty. I love the colours, I love the pattern.

The pattern was given to us by Luna over in the States and I'm sure she would be very pleased to see how this has turned out.
Here's the link.


Simply gorgeous!
I am in happy land today!

The Blankets keep a comin!'


Another Blanket full of yummy coloured Squares. Just love it.


Wow! Amazing work. 
Which is your favourite?


This was the last of the Blankets sent in by 'cosseted'. 
Aren't they all amazing?

I also received some Squares from her

'cosseted' (Marion) Wales Thank you for the Squares! So pretty!

and some 'SIBOL' Butterflies.

'SIBOL' Butterflies are so pretty! Thank you!

If you are interested in making some gorgeous Butterflies like these ones for my
'SIBOL' Stash I'll be very pleased to accept them. I am always in need of 
Butterflies to decorate our beautiful 'Sunshine Blankets' for the Elderly.

My friend Nettie in Australia has a great
video tutorial describing in detail how our Butterflies are made.
Here's the Link.

Well what a fantastic selection of Blankets received today from 'cosseted' in Wales.
They are just the prettiest things. I know that you have spent many hours making these Blankets and I just want to tell you that all your hard work is very much appreciated by myself and Ladies in the 'SIBOL' Group.  

I can't wait to take these Blankets to the Homes, I know that they are going to be so well received.

Thank you so much.

x Sue x 

Monday, 27 May 2013

SIBOL was featured in 'Simply Homemade' January 2013.

Good Afternoon and  Welcome!

Here I am sitting in the kitchen with my hook in one hand, trawling the internet at the same time.  When suddenly I came across this article about our Group. I had no idea we were featured in Simply Homemade back in January 2013. What a great surprise!
I have copied it and I would like to show you now. Here it is.......

What better way to kick-start a brand new year than by using your craft skills to make a difference?

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to do a bit of charity work, then sign yourself up to the Sunshine International Blankets of Love project, which is dedicated to knitting and crocheting throws for elderly people in the UK.
Set up by Sue in 2010 in memory of her grandmother, the project calls for arts and crafts fans to knit or crochet 6x6” straight-edged squares in any design or colour and send them in to Sue (known as the Queen of SIBOL!), with all Sunshine Blankets then being donated to nursing homes around the country.
There are also a set of challenges set out for 2013, where crafters are called on to make a blanket or squares along a set theme, such as gardening, fruit and vegetables or wartime.
If you’d like to get involved, pick up your needles and hooks! You can also follow the group’s activities on Ravelry or Flickr, where there are lots of great pictures of the blankets that have been stitched.
And, if you get yourself a copy of issue 25 of Simply Homemade (out in shops right now!), you’ll find a fab tutorial by Sally Shepherd for crocheting your own granny square blanket, so why not have a go and donate your handiwork to SIBOL?

This is brilliant thanks Simply Homemade!

I would also like to thank you for the enquiries I have received about our Group today. I do hope you will join us. Blankets and Squares are always most welcome! Sue on sueatpigsty@talktalk.net for all enquiries. 

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Four new Sunshine Blankets!

Good Morning!

I'm very pleased to be showing you two new Blankets which I have put together over the last couple of days. The '50' Squares in these two Blankets came from 'Grace' who is 80 and lives in Sheltered Accommodation here in Birmingham. If you remember 'Anne' very kindly made up two Blankets recently. Grace had actually made 100 in total. Fabulous! Thank you Grace.

What I like about these Squares is that the yarn is doubled up and incorporating the white really gives them a marbled look and the Blankets are so warm and chunky.

I found some pretty Butterflies to dress them up too!



I'm really pleased how these Blankets have turned out.



100 Squares in total made by 80 year old Grace.
Thank you so much.

These pretty Blankets will be delivered to the Elderly.


Thanks for visiting today! 

x Sue x 

Friday, 24 May 2013

Always something new to see!

Good Afternoon,

I do hope you will scroll down our previous posts. I have two Blankets to show you now and underneath this post you will see three beautiful Daffodil Squares that came in from Marje. Underneath
Marje's post I am showing you the latest Challenge Blanket. 'Autumn Leaves'. I wouldn't want you to miss anything.

I am very pleased to be showing you two beautiful Blankets which Pippa has assembled for us. The Squares were made by Grace who lives in Sheltered accommodation at Rowheath House.  Grace is in her 80's. She sits crocheting away for our SIBOL project and I'm so pleased that it gives her something to do. The Squares are made in double yarn and they are so pretty.

Let's take a look at the Blankets now.

Grace in her 80's at one of the homes I visit has made these Squares. pippa has assembled them into two beautiful Blankets. Thank you!



Pippa you have made a great job of putting these Blankets together for me,
they are so pretty.  Thank you!

I don't think for one minute Grace will be reading the 'SIBOL' Blog
but I will be writing to thank her for the Squares.

These are the other 50 I received.

Grace - thank you!

Thanks for visiting today!

x Sue x 

The final three Daffodil Squares arrive today!

Good Afternoon,

As you know we have been working terribly hard over the last year making Daffodil Squares for Marie Curie.  My aim is to make 9 Daffodil Blankets for their 9 Hospices up and down the Country.

I have 8 Blankets upstairs which are ready and I am waiting for one to come in from wilfi in the Netherlands which will be July time. Once this has arrived I shall send the 9 off to them.

Meanwhile I have been collecting Daffodil Squares to make 1 more Blanket which will be auctioned  on EBAY. jessiebonbon is going to make the final Blanket up for me. Today I had the last 3 Daffodil Squares arrive from Marje  here in the UK and I am terribly grateful to you for making them. They really are superb and are going to look a treat in the final Blanket. Thank you so much.

Marje (UK) The final 3 Daffodil Squares have arrived. Thank you!

So pretty!

x Sue x 

Thursday, 23 May 2013

'Autumn Leaves'

Hi everyone!

408 'Autumn Leaves' - 'Leaves Challenge'.

I'm always so excited when a new Challenge is 'done and dusted' so to speak. I had such fun collecting the Squares for our 'Leaves' Challenge and once again we have received a great variety of different designs. The Leaves have been Crocheted and  Knitted in wonderful colours.

I can't wait to show you.

This Blanket comprises of 30 Squares and I Crocheted the border from Edie Eckman's book 'Around the Corner Crochet Borders'. This is an excellent book and even I can understand it. The border is Number 21. I tried to pick up the rusty colour from one of the Squares and hope they look like leaves!

Thanks to everyone for sending Squares for this Challenge.





I'm afraid I can't do one of my Slide Shows at the moment, because Flickr has changed every time I copy and paste the html into the Slide Show site it doesn't work. I'm not a happy bunny this evening.
Sorry about that.

Why do they have to change things? 
Everything was great before.

I hope you like 'Autumn Leaves'.
Thanks to everyone who contributed Squares for this Challenge once again.

Thanks for visiting me this evening.

x Sue x