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!

Friday, 27 March 2015

A mass of Squares.

Good afternoon and welcome!

I have 5 Sunshine Blankets to show you this afternoon. They have arrived from the AXA Purls Knitting Group and I am very grateful to everyone that has made them. Just take a look at these beautiful Granny Squares. All made in wonderful colours and great sizes too they are going to be
loved in the Care Homes.

Thank you Jane for sending the Blankets to us and thanks everyone for making them they really are superb!

x Sue x

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Why not make a Butterfly for our Sunshine Blankets?

Good afternoon,

Butterflies are used to decorate our beautiful Sunshine Blankets and if anyone would like to make any Crocheted or Knitted please feel free. It's always nice to give our Blankets out with a Butterfly attached. They definitely are talking points in the Homes.

If you would like to have a go making Crocheted Butterflies I have a great video tutorial on Netspets Blog in Australia. Here's the LINK.  The Butterflies can be made in any yarn you like and in any colour you like too.  Whatever size you like!

Let's take a look at some of the beauties we have made over the years.

Annetjehh (Netherlands) Thank you for the Butterflies!

Thank you Annetjehh!

Happy Christmas to you all!  Thanks to Sherine for these amazing Butterflies!

Thank you Sherine!

Lynn V Thank you for the SIBOL Butterflies!

Thank you Lynn V!

'SIBOL' Butterflies made by 'jenniferanne'. Thank you!

Thank you jenn1feranne!

A donation of Butterflies are hand-delivered today thank you Val

Thank you Val!

I warn you once you start making them they become very addictive but of course a great way to use un-wanted yarn up.

Thanks everyone!

x Sue x

Tuesday, 24 March 2015


Good afternoon and welcome to the 'SIBOL' Blog,

No new Shawls or Sunshine Blankets arriving today so I thought it would be nice to go down Memory Lane and have a look at the Sunshine Blankets we have made in the past. I'm going back now to 2011 when we made our 'Springtime' Sunshine Blankets. When  I first began 'SIBOL' we had
a lot of themed Blankets. The Postage unfortunately put a lot of people off in the end from sending Squares and I did actually have a lot of trouble getting them in so I decided to stop the Challenges.
Today I thought I would show you some of the Blankets that we made once again. I realise there are
lots of new Ladies visiting 'SIBOL' and it's now your chance to see what we have made for Residents in Care Homes.

In 2011 we made two Blankets with 'Spring' in mind.  Here they are.

'The Spring Challenge 'Blanket 1')

Such a lot of beautiful Spring Flowers!

Such pretty Squares.

What fun we had!

x Sue x

Monday, 23 March 2015

Three Sunshine Blankets to show you today!

Good evening,

I would like to thank 'Dulcatis' for her Sunshine Blanket called 'Mother's Fancy'.
This really is a beautiful piece of work.

'Dulcatis' is a member of the 'SIBOL' Group and to save her money in postage she is making the Blanket in 'SIBOLs' name and distributing it herself. I haven't got a problem with this at all and if anyone else wants to do the same please let me know. Postage is a real problem these days. I love the colours used and I know it is going to be loved.

Here's 'Mother's Fancy'.

1010 'Mothers Fancy' - Dulcatis 'RAV'.  Thank you.

Thank you so much 'Dulcatis'. It's stunning!

Now Georgina has sent in two beautiful Knitted Blankets this afternoon. They arrived by courier.

These Sunshine Blankets are a great  size and very warm indeed Georgina. Made perfectly in great colours too. Thank you so much for the Ribbon enclosed as well.

Georgina thank you for the Ribbon today!

 It's very kind of you to send your parcel today. Thank you!

Thanks for visiting this evening!

x Sue x 

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Four new Sunshine Blankets arriving today!

Good evening and welcome!

I would like to thank Sue W today for four beautiful Knitted and Crocheted Sunshine Blankets that she has very kindly donated to our 'SIBOL' project. Once again these Blankets will be loved by Residents in local Care Homes.

Even Mr. T. remarked how nice the borders were on these Blankets. They are all ideal for Laps and can you imagine how warm they are going to be? I am so grateful to you Sue thank you so much for making and donating  them.

x Sue x

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Good ol' Grannies!

Good morning and welcome!

Today I have received two beautiful Granny Blankets from Angela.




Such colourful Blankets and made in the good ol' 
Granny way!

A perfect size too thank you so much Angela.

x Sue x

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

What's new on Tuesday?

Good morning,

I would like to thank  Lilyjan today for her Square for our special 1,000th Sunshine Blanket.  I shall be using the top one for our Blanket and then send the other two on to 'theemuts' for her ongoing project. Details are over on the right hand side.


All three are made beautifully in gorgeous colours too.

Thank you  Lilyjan.

x Sue x

Monday, 16 March 2015

Sunshine Granny Square arrives from France.

Good afternoon and welcome,

As you know we have been collecting Sunshine Granny Squares for our special 1,000th Sunshine Blanket and today I would like to thank Mioliere for her Square. We certainly are getting some beautiful Squares arrive for this one off challenge.

Mioliere thank you

I love the colours you've used thank you so much Mioliere.

x Sue x

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Saturday's delivery.

Good morning and welcome!

I would like to thank 'Robebe' over on RAVELRY  for her 'SIBOL' donations received today!
Her Husband was coming  over my way and he very kindly dropped everything off for her.Great way to save postage!  I looked  inside and found two Sunshine  Blankets, two Shawls and two Sunshine Granny Squares for our special 1,000th Blanket. I am very grateful to you both thank you so much.

Let's take a look now at what was inside.

Such perfect work thank you 'Robebe'. Next we have two Squares for our special 1,000th Blanket.

It was lovely to meet your Husband  again, thank you both.

x Sue x

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! We've reached 1,000 Sunshine Blankets!

Good morning to you all!

Thank you so much for visiting the 'SIBOL'  Blog on this very special occasion.

Today we have received a Sunshine Blanket from Jayne in Bournemouth which is
no. 999
So  a 'Big Thank you' to her.

As you will see it is a beautifully Crocheted Blanket and I know that a Resident is going to love it.
Jayne also made two Shawls for Residents in such pretty colours.

So what's next?

SIBOL 1,000 of  course!

Thank you to everyone that has made a Square for our special
Blanket. If you haven't sent yours in please do now.
I am eager to get the Blanket made up.

What an achievement!
Thanks to everyone that has supported the 'SIBOL' project
over the years.

What started out in January 2010 as a simple project has now turned in to
something so much bigger. I orginally wanted to make half a dozen in Memory of 
my Grandmother who lived to the age of 103 but  we have  now reached this
special milestone.

I'm  sure my Grandmother would be very surprised. I use to crochet her cushions in Green and White for her sofa but I have to say she never had a Blanket on her chair. I don't think  she would have liked one either if I have to be honest with you. 

In  2010 I thought I would like to do some Charity work and thinking of who for wasn't hard - 
the Elderly. My Grandmother lived in her own Home with her own belongings around her and with  many people  visiting her all day long.  Quite a few Residents go in to Homes with barely a change of clothes I have been told and this is why they become so attached to their very own Blankets.
They are useful for their armchairs but  I have also been told that they brighten  up their rooms too.

So please keep your blankets coming.

I have been blogging now continually  since January/Feb 2010.
It takes a lot of time to photograph items coming in and writing the posts etc.,  and I have to be honest I have had times when I think it's too much for me. So I apologise when  I have my down days!  Recently I made a few wee mistakes 'sorry'. 

"I promise if the time comes when I wake up in the morning and think 'I've had enough' I will be truthful to you and tell you all and I hope you will  understand.  I know I will go out on a high knowing that we have made hundreds of Men and Women that  much happier." 

I do still appreciate every thing that arrives at my Home  and I'm pleased that we can keep those lovely Royal Mail posties and couriers in work! So if you can help please do.
All information about our work is on

Let's get back to work.

We have to miss SIBOL 1,000 for a short time but we will come back to it when the Blanket is assembled.

So let us now go on to 1,001!

To start the next ones off we have a special Blanket.
It's actually a Cotton quilt from Charlotte.

When Charlotte first mailed me I had no idea it was a quilt that she had sewn herself.
I don't usually accept cotton as you know we are purely a Crocheting and Knitting Group
but as it is so beautifully made in every way I  know someone will be very pleased to receive it.

So Charlotte a massive thank  you to you for sending in your work.
It's a perfect size, a very pretty design and what a wonderful Gift for someone.
It must have taken you quite a while to make it thank you!

Isn't it gorgeous?
I love it.

Thank you Charlotte.

In closing we desperately need Butterflies and Ribbon  and if you think you can help please do!

There is a wonderful video tutorial here on 
Netties Blog in Australia.

A massive thank you to Jayne and Charlotte it has been a pleasure to receive your work today! Thanks to everyone visiting our Blog and for everyone's support over the years too.

x Sue x 

Up-date Friday 13th March. 

Thank you to 'stricksusi1' today who has sent in her Square for our special 1,000th Sunshine Blanket.  The Square is amazing. I love the colours chosen and it's going to be a super addition to our blanket thank you!

'Susanna' thank you (Austria) -  1000th Sunshine Granny Square

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

998 now!

Good afternoon,

I have some really pretty Sunshine Blankets to show you today. They have been sent in by Gill K.
I can't thank you enough for these wonderful donations. As you will see all of the blankets are so
different and made in wonderful colours. They  are going to be loved once again by Residents in
a local Care Home. Such pretty designs too. Thank you.





994 Thank you Gill K.

Not only did Gill make these superb blankets she also made a Shawl.
I have to thank you for all the time and effort you have put into your work Gill
- I love the Butterflies too.
Really beautiful.

Shawl made by Gill thank you.

Thank you 

x Sue x