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
sueatpigsty@virginmedia.com

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!




Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Knitted and Crocheted Squares are desperately needed please for '2 Wish Upon a Star' Charity.

Good afternoon,

Our 'SIBOL' project has become very popular indeed and since January 2010 we have made well over 1,000 Sunshine Blankets which have been donated to Residents in Care Homes throughout the UK.  From time to time I am asked if we could help out with other Charity work so it is my absolute pleasure to now give you details.

Yesterday I received an email from Liz in Wales. She writes...

"I was wondering whether I could ask for your help with a project I'm working on.
A friend of mine asked me recently to make a blanket for the
"  2 Wish Upon A Star :: Cwtch of Comfort' project.'
This is a Charity that needs donations of blankets to put into 'bereavement boxes' for
parents who have suffered the loss of a child.

I have committed to making three blankets  for them and I'm asking others to help me
make more. We've organised a local crochet along and I'm asking people if they would like
to send squares to me to be made up into blankets for this very worthy cause.


I have been so inspired by SIBOL over the past few years and the fantastic
work you have done.  I have always been touched by how the online 
crocheting/knitting community will rally together for a good cause.


I have put a post up on my blog  it's under Unravelling Me.... Thank  you"

Can we help Liz? I do hope so. 
She needs the following:

6" Squares Knitted or Crocheted 
White or very pale pastel colours
Pale pastel colours need to be 'gender neutral, ie, pale lilac, pale yellow, etc.,
This is so that the bereavement boxes don't need to be marked as 'for a boy' or 'for a girl'.
Acrylic yarn please
1 or 2, or how many you can manage would be fantastic
Deadline End May 2015

 Please contact Liz on the following email address.

This is a really worthwhile project  and I'm sure we can help.
Why not pop over to 'Unravelling Me' and see what's needed.

Thanks everyone!

x Sue x


Friday, 24 April 2015

Shawls and Butterflies arrive today!

Good afternoon!

I would like to thank Jayne this afternoon for three beautiful Shawls and a lovely collection of Butterflies. They really are superb! Butterflies will be great for decorating our Sunshine Blankets and these Shawls will be put towards our next delivery.

Jayne I'm ever so grateful to you thank you so much. I know  the Residents are going to love them and will definitely be very useful to them.

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For further information about our work 
please go over to SIBOL CHALLENGES.

I'm Sue and you can contact me on
sueatpigsty@talktalk.net

Thanks once again Jayne

x Sue x 

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Thursday's post.

Good evening!

I would like to thank Sally today for assembling a beautiful Shawl and Blanket for me. The Squares were made by Irene. So thank you both very much.

Let's take a look now.



I love the pretty border it really finishes it off so well.

Thank you both very much indeed.

x Sue x

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

We are in need of Shawls. Would you like to help? Thank you!

Good Morning,

When I visited one of the local Homes yesterday the Staff said how useful the Crocheted and Knitted Shawls would be. I offered to go back when I have enough for the other Residents. I'm wondering if you would like to help me make some more for them?  They are so useful when sitting about and I tend to use one myself when watching TV. They really do take the chills away.

We have over the months found some nice patterns on RAVELRY here's the LINK to the site.
You will have to sign in if you haven't been there before.
But then if you click on Patterns and just type in whether you want 'Knitted or Crocheted'.
You will be able to access  many ideas.

One of the popular patterns is the 'Original Half Granny Square Shawl' by Amar Enid Alcala.
Here's the LINK. to that one.

It can be made in any colour you like and whatever size you like too.
But a good size is 124 cms across and 65cms top to point.
It could also be smaller or larger it's entirely up to you.

Here are some of the Shawls that we have made using  this Half Granny Square method.

Shawls made my Bev thank you.


Shawl made by Gill thank you.


Shawl from Marilyn thank you!


Thanks to 'me' Shawls for the Elderly.


This is a very simple pattern using the Granny method and it's a great way of using your un-wanted stash. Why not make a Crocheted Butterfly to finish it off. Here's the LINK to Netties Blog in Australia. She has a great video tutorial and once you start making them I can guarantee you will become addicted to making them.

Thanks for stopping by today!

I'm Sue on sueatpigsty@talktalk.net
Thank you

x Sue x




Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Delivery Day today!

Good Morning and welcome!

I am very pleased to be telling you that this morning I delivered 24 Sunshine Blankets  to the Wythall Residential Home local to where I live.  I also gave them a few  Knitted and Crocheted Shawls which had been donated to our project.


Over the past few days I  have been getting the Blankets and Shawls ready for my delivery. It's always such fun decorating them with Butterflies and Ribbons. It still surprises me how quickly they arrive at my Home and I'm very grateful to everyone that spends time making them. They really are works of art and today the Home really appreciated them. Karen and the Staff admired your work and really was extremely grateful for these wonderful donations.  One of the Residents agreed to having her photograph taken too which was really really lovely.




They have asked for some copies of these photos so that they can put them on their notice board which I thought was a super idea.

The Staff told me that the Shawls especially would be very useful and if anyone would like to help me make some more please do.  The Shawl shown on the above photo is the 'Half Granny Square Shawl' and if you would like to try it please follow the  LINK.  If you can make a Granny Square you can make a Large Half Granny Shawl  it's so simple and very addictive too.

I think the Shawl shown really suits this Resident and I do hope she finds it useful. We always attach Butterflies it's rather like our 'SIBOL' trade mark.

So in closing may I thank you all on behalf of Wythall Residential Home the donations today were very well received. They were extremely grateful and couldn't get over how beautiful your work was!

If there is anything you would like to ask me please feel free to mail me.

I'm Sue on sueatpigsty@talktalk.net

Thank  you!

x Sue  x




Monday, 20 April 2015

Monday's post.

Good morning and welcome!

I would like to thank baw1812 for the parcel received this morning. Inside were two beautiful Half Granny Shawls, Butterflies and the last Square for our special 1,000th Blanket. Thank you so much. The Butterflies are going to be so useful my Butterfly stash is getting pretty low.

Let's take a look now.


Great colour combinations in these two Shawls.



 Thanks for helping me out with the Square too baw1812, thank you so much!

Barbara has very kindly sent in a pretty Granny Square Blanket today. She tells me that she started the Blanket using scraps of yarn that she had lying about with no particular use in mind. Then she heard about our 'SIBOL' project and was motivated to get on with it and get it finished. I'm ever so grateful to you Barbara. I will be visiting a Home again very soon and I will definitely be taking your Blanket out with me. It's a great size, will be very cozy and it's really pretty. Thanks so much once again.



Thank you both very much.

x Sue x

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Sunshine Blankets from Singapore.

Good morning,

I am very pleased to be showing you two very pretty Sunshine Blankets. They have been made and donated by arien156 and they have come all the way from Singapore. I'm absolutely over the moon with these two Blankets they are a great size and so warm and cozy to hold.

Let's take a look at them now.




It's really very nice of you arien156 to make these wonderful Blankets for Elderly Residents in the UK. I am very grateful to you! Thank you so much!

x Sue x 

Friday, 17 April 2015

Three Knitted Shawls arrive today!

Good afternoon to you all!

I have three super Shawls to show you today. The Squares were Knitted by our 90 year old SIBOLETTE 'Irene' and Sally very kindly assembled them together for us. They really have come out a treat.
I'm so grateful to you Sally for putting them together. The Squares are made beautifully for a 90 year old Lady.

Shawls assembled by Sally. Squares from 90 year old Irene.

I've added our pretty Butterflies and I'm sure they will be loved in the Homes.
Thank you both.

I do hope you all have a good weekend, thank you so much for
supporting the 'SIBOL' project
 and if there are any queries please contact me on
sueatpigsty@talktalk.net
I'm Sue 

Bye for now.

x Sue x 

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Butterflies fluttering in today!

Good evening and welcome!

I have some beautiful Butterflies to show you this evening they have been made and donated by Lesley.  Made in such a great variety of colours these Butterflies will be a nice finishing touch to our Blankets.

Lesley A thank you for the Butterflies.


There is a great video tutorial over on Netties Blog in Australia.
Here's the LINK.

I warn you they are so addictive! Once you master one you'll want to make plenty more!

Thank you Lesley.

x Sue x

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Beautiful Sunshine Blankets arriving today!

Good morning,

I would like to thank MarilynJG for two beautiful Sunshine Blankets arriving today and also a very warm Shawl. They are all made so nicely I'm sure they are going to be loved. The Homes are certainly going to receive some beauties in their next deliveries!






Absolutely gorgeous thank you! Here's a LINK  to Marilyn's RAV Page.

We have another Sunshine Blanket arriving today from Sandra today. I love the colour combinations in this one too. Thank you so much Sandra it's very kind of you.




We certainly have some lovely work arrive today thank you both so much.

x Sue x

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

A busy day at 'SIBOL'.

Good evening to you all!

I do hope you will scroll down and see two beautiful Granny Blankets that arrived this morning from 'StaceyStoke' they are so nice.

I would now like to show you two 'Sunshine Blankets' that have been made beautifully by 'Dulcatis' over on RAVELRY. Here's the LINK to her page. The first one is called 'Banana Sundae' just take a look at it.

1023 - 'Dulcatis' - 'Banana Sundae' thank you


'Dulcatis' has a knack of choosing names for her Blankets. So appropriate I think. The next one is called 'Forest Walk'. I love both of these Blankets.

1024 - 'Dulcatis' -'Forest Walk'. Thank you.


'Dulcatis' very kindly attaches Butterflies to her Blankets as we all do and she also ties them up with Ribbon and presents them in white carrier bags. I think this is a really good idea and I'm so pleased
that you enjoy the 'SIBOL' experience 'Dulcatis'.  The Blankets are then given to her Manager at work who takes them into the 'Oaklands Residential' Home in Bridgend, Wales where her Father lives. I think this is so nice of both of you to do this for the Elderly. It is certainly  a way we can
get our Blankets further afield.

I have to say all of the Blankets you have made are superb!  Here's the other two that 'Dulcatis' has made on behalf of 'SIBOL'.

'Mother's Fancy'.

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


'Midnight Flowers'.

980 'Midnight Flowers' -  Dulcatis thank you.


I do hope 'Dulcatis' has inspired you to make a Blanket for 'SIBOL'.

This afternoon I had notification to say a parcel was ready to be picked up at the local convenience store. So off I went. Thank you Joyce very much for everything that was enclosed. Three gorgeous Blankets which are so...colourful and a pretty Cream Shawl.

Let's take a look at them now.


A great Shawl.......

'Tropical Delight'.



'Sophie's Garden'


'Sophie's Universe'.


I'll give you a LINK to joyce28 over on RAVELRY if you click on her projects you will be able to obtain more details.

I'm over the moon with all of the Blankets received today. Do scroll down to see other work that has arrived. Once again I am very grateful to everyone who visits our 'SIBOL' Blog and who donates Sunshine Blankets for this very worthy project.

Each and everyone of our Blankets are delivered to the Elderly in Care Homes and they really are appreciated.

Thanks again to joyce28, Dulcatis and Stacey 'scroll down'.

x Sue x

Great Granny Blankets.

Good Afternoon and Welcome!

I would like to thank 'StaceyStoke' for the beautiful 'Sunshine Blankets' received this morning. Just take a look at them! They are a great size and have been made in such wonderful colour combinations. I know one of the Homes are really going to find them useful.  I can just imagine them lying on someone's beds brightening their rooms up.




'StaceyStoke' has very kindly sent me some Ribbons and Butterflies which will be very useful.



Thank you so much 'StaceyStoke'.

x Sue x

Monday, 13 April 2015

Delivery Day again!

Hi everyone!

Today I delivered 27 Sunshine Blankets and 19 Crocheted and Knitted Shawls to Tudor House Care Home in Kings Norton,  Birmingham. It's always nice to be able to deliver your beautiful work. Over the last few days I have been getting the Blankets ready for the off. They look lovely decorated with
Butterflies and Ribbons.

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I rang up this morning and arranged to go in to meet Tony the Care Manager. He said we could have some photos with the Residents. This Lady modelled one of the Shawls.

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Our Blankets will be very useful for Laps and Wheelchair use. Of course ideal to decorate bedrooms too they certainly will brighten the rooms up.

Tony gave me some names of other Homes in their Group so when I have enough I will definitely be visiting them.

Tony and Staff at Tudor House Care Home would like me to thank everyone for these wonderful donations. A big thank you from me too!

x Sue x

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Square arrives for our 1,000th Sunshine Blanket.

Good morning,

I would like to thank 'hieke' this morning for your donation of the centre Square for our 1,000th Sunshine Blanket. Thank you so much you've made an excellent job of designing it.

Hieke thank you. Centre square 1000th Sunshine Blanket


I love the colours you've chosen, it's superb.

x Sue x

Thursday, 9 April 2015

What's new today?

Good Afternoon!

Thank you for stopping by today on such a lovely afternoon.

I have four beautiful Sunshine blankets to show you this afternoon which have arrived from Gill also a very pretty Shawl. Gill is such a kind lady often donating her beautiful work to our very popular project. I know once again the Homes will be very grateful indeed. I shall be out delivering these Blankets as soon as I can. Thank you so much Gill once again your work is superb!







Aren't they pretty! I love all the pastel colours.

Thanks for popping in today! Thanks once again Gill!

x Sue x