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, 30 May 2014

A new Sunshine Blanket and Shawl to show you today!

Good Afternoon,

A beautiful 'Sunshine Blanket' has arrived from 'KnollyKnitter' this morning. Thank you so much.
'KnollyKnitter' has made Granny Squares for her Blanket in Peach, Cream and two tones of Pink. This Blanket is so warm and it has a really simple border of  Cream trebles which finish the Blanket off so well. I have added a little Flower and a couple of Butterflies and I know it is going to loved in one of the Homes. Let's take a look at it now.

720 'KnollyKnitter' Noelle thank you! 1



Gorgeous isn't it?
Next we have a Shawl for an Elderly Resident.
Pretty Turquoise and White in this one. I love the Button!

A Shawl made by 'Knolly Knitter' - Noelle. Thank you.



If anyone would like to make a 'Sunshine Blanket' and take it to their nearest Care Home, we do have some beautiful Labels made by Maria-Jesus that you would be able to access. This might save you Postage money sending to me. All I ask is that you take a photo and send it to me so that I can keep a record and count the Blanket in to our totals.  My email address is sueatpigsty@talktalk.net (Sue). Of course I would love to hear how you got on taking it in to a Home.

If you want to find your nearest Care Home. Google 'Care Homes in ?' You should get a long list come up and then you can find your nearest one. I would telephone first. May be this way we could get our Blankets to other parts of the UK? 

Thank you all for your continued support. The Blanket and Shawl 'KnollyKnitter' are simply beautiful thank you so much.

x Sue x

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Another Shawl arrives today!

Good Afternoon and Welcome to 'SIBOL',

First of all if you are new to SIBOL please take time to check our Blog out. We have lots of wonderful Blankets to show and recently I have been out to the Care Homes delivering our Shawls and Blankets and the write up's are on previous posts.  The response was amazing and I can honestly tell you that everything was accepted so well.

Before I show you what's new today can I direct you to our Group on RAVELRY?
Here's the LINK.

Any information about our work is on this LINK.
Thank you.

Well we have another Shawl arrive today and it's been made by MarilynJG. Thank you so much Marilyn. Made in wonderful warm yarn this is going to be another beautiful Shawl for one of the Residents. I love the colours and of course one of our Butterflies decorate it. Here's the LINK to Nettie's Blog if you want to make any Butterflies for us. They are always needed I can assure you.

Marilyn thank you for the Shawl it's gorgeous! x

Marilyn has added Buttons on this one a great idea thank you so much I love it!


Thanks for visiting today!

x Sue x 

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Delivery today of 51 Sunshine Blankets!

Hi everyone!

Thanks for popping in to 'SIBOL' today.

I have had such a busy day today I'd like to tell you about it.

First of all I went to Irene's house. As you know Irene Knits Squares for us and today I came away with another big pile for us. Irene is 90 and lives in Sheltered Accommodation. Knitting for us gives her such a lot of pleasure. As you know I don't accept any other Squares now only from Irene as I know how important they are to her at this age.  I came away with these.

Irene and Co., Squares today. Thank you. x

Irene Knits so beautifully. Amazing at her age. Thank you Irene.

When I arrived home I had two parcels in the porch one from Sally and the other was from Jayne. Sally enclosed 2 Blankets which she had made up for me  and Jayne sent 3 Shawls and some beautiful Butterflies.

718 'Blocks and Stripes' assembled by Sally. Irene's Squares.

719 Thanks to Sally. 'Windows'. Irenes' Squares.

These two Blankets were made from Irenes' Squares some time ago. The Blankets have been assembled beautifully. Thank you so much for your help.

It was lovely to receive a parcel from Jayne today. She has been very busy indeed making Shawls for the Homes. Such wonderful colours and designs I love all three of them.

Jayne  P thank you for the Shawl. x

Jayne P Thank you for the Shawl. x

Jayne P. Thank you for the Shawl. x

I also received some 'SIBOL' Butterflies from Jayne. These will be terribly useful as my stash is going down now. I'm really very grateful to you for your wonderful donations today. I'm so pleased you have enjoyed making everything.

Jayne P Thank you for the Butterflies!

I had intentions of visiting a Home this afternoon so as soon as the Blankets and Shawls arrived this morning I got them ready for a Home. It was a bit of a rush but I managed it. Getting them ready is always so excited and I'm amazed that each one is so different. 51 'Sunshine Blankets' and 3 Shawls were ready finally.

Delivery Day again. Ashley Lodge Care Home, Moseley.


I am often asked how do I find a Home? Well I just type in 'Care Homes in ?' on Google and I have a long list come up. It's as simple as that. I often click on to their website and have a read about the Home. Today I found 'Ashley Lodge' Care Home in Moseley. I'm so pleased I did. When I telephoned to ask whether they would like donations of our Blankets they were only too pleased to accept them. I arranged to go up more or less straight away and was greeted by Linda.

Linda was so.....grateful to you all. She absolutely loved the Blankets and so did her Member of Staff - I think her name was Sue if I remember correctly.  They couldn't believe that everyone in our Group were so....generous thinking of her Residents. She said that they would use them in many ways maybe lying them on the foot of their beds in and also using them in the Lounge. She honestly just couldn't believe how talented you all were and how kind you all were. So a Big Thank you from Linda and her Staff and not to mention their Residents.

Linda asked if she could take a photo of me for her Notice Board. I always seem to have my eyes shut! :(



Linda is on the Left. What a lovely photo. Once again I know that our 'Sunshine Blankets' and 'Shawls' will be so useful to the Home. Our Blankets will certainly bring some Smiles  to the faces of the Residents in the Home and will also give them a lot of comfort.  As I told Linda our project was started 5 years ago and was in Memory of my Grandmother who lived to the age of 103. She was so lucky that she never had to go in to  a Home she lived very independently in her Bungalow but I realise there are many who aren't so lucky and it is to these people our project is aimed at. I'm sure it will be lovely for them to know that someone is thinking of them. Linda did say that she would let the Residents choose their own Blankets which I thought was a really good idea.

Thanks for visiting today and thank you once again for the wonderful Blankets and Shawls. They are always very much appreciated by all.

Monday, 19 May 2014

Delivery of Shawls today!

Good afternoon and Welcome!

I actually walked out of Grove Care Home in Solihull with tears in my eyes and feeling really quite emotional this afternoon after handing over 10 of our beautiful Shawls. I telephoned earlier asking if they would like any and of course they were only too pleased to accept them. I visited Grove Care Home back in September and October last year delivering around 30 'Sunshine Blankets' and I was told today that every one has been used.

Delivery Day again! 18th September 2013. The Grove Care Home, Solihull.

We started making Shawls in January of this year after it was suggested by 'silver surfer'. What a great idea!
Shawls have been flying in to my home and often take me by surprise!

Each one like our beautiful 'Sunshine Blankets' are so different and each one has your own personality stamped on them.

De;overy Day of Shawls today! Thanks everyone. To Grove Care Home, Solihull 10 in total Thank you.

One of the Residents in Grove Care Home kindly agreed to having her photograph taken for our web site and as you can see she absolutely loved the Purple 'mile a minute' Shawl sent to me recently by the Loving Hands Group.   It's so nice to be able to show you Residents holding our Blankets or wearing one of our Shawls and not only is it showing you where I deliver to but also how useful they are. It really was quite overwhelming.


Delivery Day of Shawls today. I visited Grove Care Home in Solihull with 10 of our beautiful Shawls. Everyone was so grateful thank you all.

Lyndon and her Staff Member were extremely grateful for the Shawls they really were so happy to accept them. Lyndon told her Resident  about about Group and how kind you all are. I don't think the Lady could believe the Shawl was for her. They really would like me to pass on their thanks to you all. Thank you!

I have promised to go back with some more Shawls as soon as we have some and I know for certain that they will be very useful to them and I know that your hard work has been appreciated.

If you are interested in making Shawls why not contact me
I'm Sue on

Many thanks to you all

x Sue x

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Blankets and a Shawl from Scotland.

Good Afternoon,

It's always lovely to meet one of my 'SIBOLETTE's' and today I had the pleasure of meeting 'jenn1feranne'. Travelling all the way from Scotland on route to see her family she very kindly popped in to SIBOL HQ and bought me some 'Sunshine  Blankets' and a beautiful green Shawl. We had a lovely natter over a cup of tea about Knitting and Crocheting as you would imagine and her Hubby and mine spoke about cars 'boys toys' of course. The hour or so went very quickly and as soon as she left I got started on taking some photos to show you all.

First of all she very kindly Crocheted a Green Shawl for a Resident in one of the Homes.


A larger Shawl than normal but Ladies are all different sizes so this will be perfect. I'm sure someone will love Green too!



Next we have 'Stars and Stripes' The Squares were made by Lynnes222 over in the States and 'jenn1feranne' very kindly assembled them for me. It's such a striking Blanket. A nice size and will keep someone so warm!

716 'Stars and Stripes' Squares from Lynnes222. Jennifer assembled thank you.




The next one is called 'Pressed Thistle'. 
A lovely edging on this one 'jenn1feranne'.

718 'Pressed Thistle' -Thanks to Jennifer for assembling.


Just love Purple and Green together. Superb!
Thank you.

The last Blanket was assembled by 'jenn1feranne' but the Squares were
sent over by Lynnes222 from the States. Such interestinig Squares make this Blanket
once again unique! Thank you Lynnes222 for your 'SIBOL' donations and thanks to 'jenn1feranne' for putting them together. You've both made a wonderful job.

717 'Thanks to Jennifer and Lynnes222 Squares (USA).


It was lovely to meet you  today thank you for popping in.

x Sue x 

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Blankets and Shawls arrive.

Good Afternoon and what a lovely day again!

I'm very pleased to be showing you some new 'Sunshine Blankets' and Shawls arriving from Ladies in the 'SIBOL' Group. Every one is a joy to receive once again.

First of all we have 'Purple Passion' from joyce28. A great Blanket in lovely colours and once again a very nice Square used.
710 'Purple Passion' made by Joyce28. Thank you! x


The next one is called 'Summer Bouquet'.
Squares were made by Lynnes222 (USA) and joyce28 has very kindly assembled them for me.
Decorated with Ribbon and a Butterfly this is going to be a pretty Blanket for someone.

711 'Summer Bouquet' assembled by Joyce28. Squares from Lynnes222. Thank you both.


Our Shawls have become very popular and joyce28 has made a Capelet for someone.
I'm sure you will love it.

Capelet made by Joyce28. Thank you it's lovely. x


Your Knitting is lovely joyce28 thank you so much for your 'SIBOL' donations.
I will be sure to take everything out to a Home very soon.

The next 'Sunshine Blanket' is from Maria-Jesus.
This one is called 'Stormy Weather'.
Maria-Jesus tells me that she couldn't get this song out of her head while making it.
I love the colours and the cute Butterflies.

712 'Stormy Weather' made by Maria-Jesus thanks so much.


I love the colour combinatons and the edging finishes it off so well!

The next one is a 'take a bag' Blanket assembled by Maria-Jesus for me.
It's called 'Copper Cauldron'.
Another great name thanks so much for putting it together for me.

713 'Copper Cauldron' assembled by Maria-Jesus. Thank you x


It's come out really well. 

Next we have a lovely Shawl from Purlygalore.
It's so pretty with the flowers as decoration. What a great idea.
Lovely and warm too. I'm sure someone is going to love it.


P{urlygalore thank you for the Shawl. x

Purlygalore very kindly assembled a 'take a bag' for me.
This one is called 'Alpine Meadow'.
Squares were made by Lynnes222
and it's so interesting.

714 'Alpine Meadow' thanks to PurlyGalore for assembling 'Alpine Meadow. It's lovely. Lynnes222 for Squares thank you.


Thank you very much Purlygalore. I love everything.

Thanks to you all for sending the parcel. I'm very grateful to you all.

x Sue x 

Friday, 16 May 2014


Good Afternoon and thanks for popping into 'SIBOL' today!

Golly the Blankets and Shawls are certainly rolling in this week. It's always a pleasure to receive them. Often your work takes me by surprise and today I have received two very large parcels from Kersey and Linda and the North East Loving Hands Group. It's always like Christmas in my house when I open the parcels as you can imagine.

Let's start with the parcel from Kersey from Carmarthenshire.

Knitting in our Group is very popular and Kersey has Knitted us a  Shawl for the Elderly. A lovely girlie Shawl with a very pretty edging. The colours are just so perfect! Take a look now. There's a lot of sun about today so I'm sorry about the shadows. I do want to get these loaded up before the family come in for the weekend.



So nice thank you Kersey.

Kersey has also Knitted two 'Sunshine Blankets' You are clever these are simply beautiful.



As you can see this is a large Blanket which is folded over for photo purposes. I love the colours and I can tell you it will be so warm for someone.


Then we have a smaller one.

706 Kersey Thank you x


We have to think of names now for these wonderful Blankets.
With the help of the Ladies on RAVELRY it shouldn't be too difficult.
Here's the Link. 

Kersey I really appreciate your help thank you so much. You have made them so well.
I just love them. I shall take them to the Homes very soon.

Now I would like to thank Linda and the North East Group of Loving Hands. It's always so nice to involve other Knitting Groups and once again today I am really surprised at the amount of Blankets and Shawls included in the parcel.

Everything in the parcel has been made beautifully.
I would like to thank every one who has supported the SIBOL project.
I am going to do my best to tell you who's sent what but the bits of paper went flying everywhere. Let's see how we go.

Linda has made some Shawls for the Elderly.
What beautiful patterns and lovely colours!

The Luana Shawl

Can be found here

Linda (RAV) Thank you for the Shawl. x


The Gentle Ripple Shawl

Linda (N. East Loving Hands) RAV Thank you for the Shawl.


The Nola Shawl 

Linda (N. East Loving Hands) Thank you. x


Shawls come in all shapes and sizes. These are beautiful thank you.

We have a Grey Shawl from Barbara now.
Another beauty! 

You Ladies from Loving Hands are kind! 

Barbara (N. East Loving Hands) Thank you for the Shawl. x


I found a pretty Grey and White Butterfly to decorate Barbara. Ladies in the Homes just love them. Thank you very much indeed it's superb. 

A Knitted Blanket from Ann which has a pretty Crocheted border. Isn't it nice when you can combine Knitting and Crocheting together? Such bright Squares I love them. Thank you!



Gorgeous thank you!

I told you it was like Christmas Day!

Next we have 'The Follow' made by Lynn and Beth.
A nice Chunky Blanket which will keep someone so lovely and warm.

708 'The Follow' made by Lynn and Beth. x Thank you.


Decorated with a Flower and Butterfly it's so striking I think.
Thank you both very much.

We have some more Shawls now. Lynn and Beth these Shawls are stunning! You've certainly taken the idea on board many thanks!

Shawl made by Loving Hands N. East Group. Linda Sent. x Thank you.

This is the famous 'Mile a Minute' pattern found on You Tube!
I love the colour combinations don't you?


You can see the pattern better on the above photo.


A beautiful Red and Black one. Wow! I love it.

Shawl made by Loving Hands N. East Group (Linda sent).


A great selection of different Squares and different Ripples make this Blanket really interesting to look at. I love the colour combinations once again. Take a look now.

709 Loving Hands N East Group. Linda sent thank you. x



I do hope I have everything Blogged now.
It's been such a lovely day taking photographs of your fantastic work.

May I thank Kersey for your donations to the 'SIBOL' project and also to Linda and the Ladies from the North East Loving Hands Group.

You are all so terribly kind.
Todays work brings us up to

709 'Sunshine Blankets' from January 2010.

Thank you all!

If you would like to join us