As at 12th August 2014

We have now made 813 'Sunshine Blankets' and
63 'Shawls' which have all been hand delivered by
myself and a few other Ladies over time to Care &
Nursing Homes in the UK.

Thanks to everyone for your support. x

SIBOL BUTTERFLIES.

Butterflies are always needed for decorating our Sunshine Blankets and Shawls for the Elderly.
If you are interested in making any please follow the Link to Netties Blog in Australia. Thank you.




It is so important that email addresses and names are enclosed with your donations of Sunshine Blankets, Shawls and Butterflies please. Thank you!


'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@talktalk.net Thank you!

Saturday, 20 September 2014

What's new this weekend?

Good afternoon  to you all!

First of all may I welcome anyone new visiting our 'SIBOL' Blog today and over the last few days. It's so nice that you are coming across us. There is always something new to see on here and I do hope you will scroll down on previous posts too.

May I say before we go any further there is no need to wrap the 'Christmas Gifts' in Christmas wrapping paper. Although I said they will be 'Gifts',  the Homes will do this as they do our Blankets for Christmas. So I wouldn't want you to go to that added expense. If you are new to SIBOL I have been asking if anyone would like to make small warm items such as Bed Socks, Bed Jackets, Crocheted or Knitted Slippers, Warm Hats Knitted or Crocheted, Scarves, Fingerless Gloves, Wrist Warmers etc., anything like that for an Elderly person to open on Christmas Day. The Residents in Homes do not receive many Gifts and I just thought it would be something new we could try as a Group this Christmas. Thank you.

I would like to thank Kianie this morning for sending in a Blanket for our Elderly Residents. I just love the colour combinations in this one and the Squares are delightful too! A great sized Blanket this one will give a lot of comfort to someone Elderly. It's called 'Paint the Town Red!'. A wonderful piece of work and I love the name too! Thank you so much Kianie!

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I would also  like to thank Sally very much indeed for assembling Knitted Squares from our 90 year old Irene. She has made a couple of beautiful Shawls which will be very useful and also some Sunshine Blankets.  I would also like  to thank  jenn1feranne for sending a lovely purple Knitted Shawl too. We certainly are getting some lovely work arriving.

First of all let's take a look at the Shawls from Irene and Sally.

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A pretty pastel one and now a shocking pink one!

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Sally has assembled Irenes' Squares so beautifully. Thank you.

Now the Sunshine Blankets.

Sally has assembled some odd Squares that I had at home into this Blanket and she's also added some of her own. It's an interesting Blanket Sally.

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I love the colourful border.

Then Irenes' Squares have been put into Sunshine Blankets. A pretty Blue one now.


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The Squares go together so well in the next Blanket.

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Striped ones make an interesting Blanket too!

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All of our Blankets are so...different.

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I'm over the moon with them Sally thanks so much for giving us a hand!

jenn1feranne (Scotland) has sent in a Shawl  which arrived today.
Details are on here.
A gorgeous Shawl made in pretty colours this is going to be so warm for someone frail.

Your work is amazing jenn1feranne!
Thank you! 

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It's always so lovely to receive everyone's work and I can guarantee you that it will all be given out before Christmas.  I go to the Homes myself and hand deliver everything. I'm sure the Residents will be very pleased to receive these wonderful makes.

I think that's about all for today.
If there is anything at all 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, 15 September 2014

Shout Out and Sunshine Blankets arrive from Spain today!

Good afternoon and thank  you so much for visiting today!

First of all I have had the offer of Squares from Singapore and I'm wondering whether any one would like to help out assembling  them in to a Blanket for me? arien156 on RAVELRY has asked me. She gathered Squares from our Swap Group and also another one on RAVELRY and with having a new addition to the family she hasn't got time to make them up for us.  So if you are interested please let me know and arien156 will send them  to you and then if you could send  them back that would be fantastic thank you.

My email address is
sueatpigsty@talktalk.net
I'm Sue.

pollypoppy  (RAV) who lives in Spain has sent me a parcel today.  Inside the parcel were three fantastic  Sunshine Blankets for Residents in Care Homes. They have been made so beautifully and as you will see  on the photos every Blanket is so different and I just love the patterns of the Squares.
All three Blankets are made in super colours too and I can just imagine how well received these Blankets are going  to be.  All Sunshine Blankets have complimentary Butterflies  sewn on too which is wonderful too. Saves me a job thank you pollypoppy!

Let's take a look at them now.

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Tied up with Ribbon these Sunshine Blankets are looking so pretty!
I think Residents in the Homes will love receiving them.

Thank you so much pollypoppy for making  them and donating them to our 'SIBOL'
project especially because you live in Spain too!


Before I finish this post may I remind you that I am inviting you to make small items to give out as Christmas Gifts for the Elderly. 

Bed Socks, Bed Jackets, Wrist Warmers, Fingerless Gloves, Scarves, Warm Hats, Crocheted or Knitted Slippers anything like that would be very well received. So if you have time to make just one item I would be very grateful to you.  I just thought it would be something different to give out for Christmas.

Of course I would very much like Sunshine Blankets and Shawls too!
Although I don't really want jumpers and cardigans.
If there is anything else you would like to make please feel free to let 
me know.

I'm Sue 
on sueatpigsty@talktalk.net

Thanks ever so much!

x Sue x 

Saturday, 13 September 2014

A Knitted Shawl arrives today!

Good evening,

I would like to thank Paula953 for a beautiful Shawl received today. This one is Knitted with a fringe and I just love the colour of the yarn.

Shawls are always needed in the Care Homes and if you would like to make one please feel free. Knitted or Crocheted they will be very useful. Some of the Residents are really frail and I'm sure they would just love something around their shoulders.

Let's take a look now.




It's really lovely Paula953 thank you so much.

x Sue x

Monday, 8 September 2014

Another Delivery Day!


Good afternoon to you all,

Over the past few months Sunshine Blankets and Shawls have been arriving at my home and once again it's time for yet another Delivery Day! I am always so.....excited when this special day arrives because  I am  so passionate about what we all do for the Elderly.  It's rather like the 'end of the journey' if you know what I mean. 

It's really surprising how the Blankets and Shawls add up and I am even more surprised that I still get an awlful lot of interest from everyone in the Crafting Community. Ladies send Blankets and Shawls from all parts of the Country and even at times from other parts of the World and as I have said many times before I am so...grateful for your help. What started out as an idea back in January 2010 has now escalated into something so much bigger! We have now made  826 Sunshine Blankets - my original aim was to make 6 so we are doing really well. 

I have had a Home in mind for several months now. Ever since I visited Hasbury Residential Care Home, Kings Norton, Birmingham back in November. I found out from the Staff that they had a sister home in Kings Heath called Rosemary Lodge.  I looked on the internet and found out that Rosemary Lodge Care Home had 29 Residents so I have purposely been collecting for this Home.  

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Set on a busy main  road going in to Kings Heath,  Birmingham I set the sat nav and found it really easily. A lovely old house with lots of character I thought.        

The Home is owned by Sally and after speaking to her on the telephone I arranged  to go in  this morning to meet her. What a lovely Home! I was shown into the Lounge and offered a nice cup of tea and Sally came and sat with me.  It was lovely to be able to tell Sally about my Grandmother and why I felt the need to start the project. She said my Grandmother would be very proud.  I also told her how terribly kind Ladies are out in the Crafting Community to find time to Crochet and Knit for Residents in Care Homes. Sally spent a lot of time telling me about her work too. It was so interesting to speak to her. I admire all Staff who work in Care Homes every day must be very challenging but what a lot of satisfaction they must get from doing something so worthwhile. 

After my cup of tea I went out to the car and with the help from Sally (Right)  and a member of Staff we carried the Blankets in to the Home. We were all so excited. I lay the boxes on the floor and Sally agreed to having a few photos taken. I showed her some of the Blankets and one in particular made by Jenny our 16 year old 'SIBOLETTE'. Jenny wrote a little card with her Blanket and Sally thought it was a lovely thought. 


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Sally and the other member of Staff absolutely loved the Blankets and even tried on a few Shawls!
Sally mentioned they have some really frail old Ladies so the Shawls will be particularly useful. I would like to thank you all on behalf of Rosemary Lodge Care Home. Our work was very much appreciated and will certainly make a big difference to the Residents. 

Before I end this post .........

I just want to mention that Sally and Staff wrapped up the Blankets last November for 
their sister Home Hasbury ready for Christmas Day. They put them under the tree. She said it was really hard to keep them  wrapped until Christmas Day every one was wondering what on earth was under the tree!

The Blankets at Hasbury have been so well received by the Residents and actually she says it's really hard to put them in the wash because  they are so attached to them. They belong to each of the Residents and they think such a lot of them mainly because they haven't anything else personal to them. A lot of them  do not have visitors so gifts are very scarce. I'm sure the Residents at Rosemary Lodge will love them just as much.

"Delivery Days are just the best". It's so nice to be able to take photos to show you and I hope you have enjoyed reading my post. What we are doing is so worthwhile and it's so nice that Sally at Rosemary Lodge really appreciates what we have done for her two Homes. So a Big Thank You from me too!

In closing may I thank Sally and Staff for making me feel so welcome and hospitality shown I had a lovely morning. Thank you!

x Sue x 





Thursday, 4 September 2014

Christmas Gifts for the Elderly.

Good Morning and Welcome!

Today's post is concentrating on 'Christmas Gifts for the Elderly'. I just thought it would be nice if we could try something different out. The idea of adding Shawls to our project has definitely been a success now it's time for something else.  I should have started this a couple of months ago but as things have been rather hectic at home with my Daughter fracturing her ankle time has been limited. I'm sorry about that. Anyway, I thought it might be nice if we could make some items to give out to the Homes at Christmas.

I have asked Ladies in our RAVELRY Group for ideas and I have also spoken to a couple of Homes just to see whether they think it's a good idea.  They tell me their Residents do go out to the Shops, attend Hospital appointments, Garden Centres, evenings out  etc., and warm clothing is always very useful.  Such as Fingerless Gloves, Wrist Warmers, Scarves, Hats etc., Items like that. The suggestion of Bed Socks, Bed Jackets etc., would also be very much appreciated. Really anything you like. I have to say I don't really want Cardigans and Jumpers.

So.....if you have time on your hands this Autumn why not make at least one item for a Christmas present? It's nice to have something to do while watching the TV on an evening and at the same time doing something really worthwhile for an Elderly Resident.

For example  I've already received these Fingerless Gloves from Paula953 over on RAVELRY. Great aren't they? Thanks Paula953.

Paula953 'Fingerless Gloves' for the SIBOL PROJECT.

If you have any ideas you would like to run past me please feel free to mail me
I'm Sue 
on 
sueatpigsty@talktalk.net

Now today I have received a gorgeous Sunshine Blanket from Gill. Made in Cream and Burgundy this once again is a superb Blanket.

A great size, beautiful combination of colours and a matching Butterfly!

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Not only did I receive a Blanket from Gill I also received another Shawl and Butterfly to match.

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Beautiful work - 
Thank you so much Gill.
A lot of work went into these two items.
I know they will be loved.

Well I think that's all for today.

Bye

Sue x 

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Delivery day of Shawls today!

Good Afternoon and welcome!

I am writing two posts today so please scroll down there is something I would like you to see. I ordered a Bergere de France catalogue and it's jam packed of wonderful items! It's all free and you also get £10.00 off your first order.

Okay so with your help we have had a mountain of Shawls arrive recently. I can't thank you all enough for your wonderful support. When 'silver surfer' first mentioned it back in January I wondered whether you'd all be interested. But soon after the Shawls started arriving.

Back in May I delivered 10 to The Grove Residential Care Home in Solihull and I promised to go back with another 20 so all of their Residents could have one.  Today was the day for me to return.
I emailed them this morning and Jayne - The Deputy Manager kindly replied back saying yes of course we would love them. I arranged to go in at 2.00pm this afternoon.



We have had Shawls arrive from all parts of the country and it's so lovely to see all of the different designs arriving.

Jayne invited me in to the Lounge to meet the Residents. What a lovely home they have! So welcoming. The Residents were sitting in the Lounge some with our Sunshine Blankets draped on their chairs and Jayne started asking some of the Ladies if they would like a Shawl. They also agreed to having their photos taken which is always an added bonus. It's so lovely to see them
modelling  them. Let's take a look now.

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If I remember correctly this Lady was 98! Such a happy Lady. She chose Green. The Residents and Staff asked me to thank  you all for your kindness they loved them.

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As you can see our Shawls were accepted so well. The idea of Shawls has been such a success and if you think you would like to make one then please feel free. We are always in need of them.

I called to get a bit of shopping on the way home afterwards and when I opened my mail up I noticed a mail from Jayne at the Home.

Dear Sue

Thank you so much for the shawls that your group have kindly made and donated to the residents of The Grove Residential Home.
Our ladies in particular will enjoy them as much as your ladies enjoyed making them.

Please pass on our sincere gratitude to all involved.

With kind regards

Jayne Ryley
Deputy Manager
The Grove Residential Home (Solihull)


Thank you so much for mailing me Jayne. It is so nice to know that our work is appreciated and that you will find them useful.

Thanks to you all another successful 'Delivery Day!' 

x Sue x




Bergere de France yarns catalogue.

Hi everyone!

This isn't really 'SIBOL' related but I just wanted to show you what I had come in the post today!
I sent off for a free catalogue 'Bergere de France' yarns here's the LINK. It's full of great things to make and buy and what I like most about it is the colour cards. Years ago it was very easy to get hold of them but these days we have to rely on the colours on line and it's so much nicer  to see what you are actually buying.

I've taken some photos to show you what' inside.


















Isn't it lovely to sit for a few minutes with a nice cup of tea and look at all the things that make us happy? Crocheting Hooks, Knitting Needles, yarn winders etc? Why not order one yourself there is £10.00 off your first order too! The Link is at the top of the post.




x Sue  x