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!

Deadline Date

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 for your support once again this year.

x Sue x

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Christmas is a 'comin!'

Hi everyone!

I am sorry I can not accept any more 'SIBOL' items now until after the New Year.
Thanks to everyone!

It's time to look back now on previous Sunshine Blankets. that we have delivered to Care Homes. 

Our 'Snowman' and 'Christmas' Challenges from years ago.


`Please add note' if you see your Square Ladies! Thank you very much mandas' challenges and to everyone who has contributed Squares for this 'Snowman Challenge'

Thanks to everyone who contributed Squares for this Challenge.



Ta - Dah! Introducing SIBOL No. 36 '900 Squares I'm counting for the big one!'  'Christmas Blooms' - named by LT81 Thank you!

'Tidings of Comfort and Joy!' -  Ladies 'Please Add Note!'....>

'Christmas Spirit' - Named by Aussie Maria. Ladies 'that dreaded question! Please Add Note!'

So appropriate for this time of year.

x Sue x 

'Dancing Light' arrives today!

Good afternoon and welcome!

I AM NOT ACCEPTING ANY MORE SIBOL ITEMS BEFORE CHRISTMAS. PLEASE SEND AFTER JANUARY 2ND. MANY THANKS. 

I would like to thank 'Purlygalore' today for a beautiful Knitted Sunshine Blanket that she has made and donated to 'SIBOL'.  Purlygalore has called the Blanket 'Dancing Light'  and I'm sure you will agree this is a perfect name.  If you would like to pop over to her RAVELRY page you will be able to
read all about the making of the Blanket and the beautiful Stylecraft yarn that she has used. The combination of colours is spot on. I love this Blanket.  Here's the LINK.

Now for some photos.

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Some pretty Butterflies too! Thank you so much Purlygalore for 'Dancing Light' and indeed the Butterflies.


I will be taking this Blanket out very soon.

x Sue x

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

My final Delivery of the year!

Good Afternoon and Welcome!




Today I went out on my very last Delivery of the year. 8 Sunshine  Blankets to St. Michael's Care Home for the Elderly in  Olton near to where I live.  I would like to thank  Julie  for accepting our Blankets and also to everyone that has donated them.

The Sunshine Blankets are always very welcome in the Homes by the Residents and Julie would like me to thank you all for your kindness.

We have had a very successful year making Sunshine Blankets and Shawls and I hope that we can do the same next year. I am very eager to reach our 1,000th Blanket!

Here's Julie accepting our Blankets.

St. Michael's Care Home for the Elderly. Last delivery of the Year. 8 Sunshine Blankets. Thanks everyone!

May I remind you that I can't accept any more Sunshine Blankets and Shawls  now until the New Year when we will start  all over again!

Thanks to everyone for their  beautiful work again this year you are all such talented Ladies. Everyone admires your work and I'm really proud of what we have achieved.

Thank you 

x Sue x 

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Delivering Christmas Gifts to a local Care Home today!

Good Afternoon,

PLEASE NOTE THAT I CANNOT ACCEPT ANY MORE SIBOL ITEMS THIS YEAR. WE WILL ACCEPT AGAIN JANUARY 2ND ONWARDS MANY THANKS  FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

I would like to thank everyone for sending me Christmas Gifts for the Elderly. We've had such a good response that I decided to split the items between two Homes. Today I was taking the last lot to The Grove Care Home in Solihull.

THE GROVE.


I rang up this morning and went off to meet Jayne.  I did ask her a while ago if they wanted any Knitted items and she said that they would be very useful. They often have trips out in the mini bus to various places so Knitted wear would be appreciated.

Loaded up with a box full to the brim I went off.

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I was so proud of the items that we had made. Beautiful Scarves and Fingerless Gloves, Bed Socks, Hats and Gloves etc., are going to be very useful to the Home.

Jayne kindly agreed to having her photo taken but somehow my iphone wouldn't go off 'video'.
We both tried to swipe it over to 'photos' but in the end we took a video of Jayne saying 'Thank you!'

She tried one of our Hats on.

Thank you so much Jayne for acceping our items it was lovely to meet you again.


Here's the video I hope! 
This is Jayne - Deputy Manager of The Grove Care Home, Solihull
thanking you all.

It is very quiet sorry. 






A Big Thank you to everyone that has made a Warm item for the Residents in Care Homes. They have all been very much appreciated.

x Sue x



I'm back with an email I have received from Lyndon - The Manager at Grove Care Home. I thought you might like to read it.


Hello Sue 
I came back from my morning meeting to find a wonderful box of hats and gloves. You are all so very kind. Already two of the ladies who suffer with cold hands have a set each and they are so happy with them. Please say a very big thank you to all of your ladies. Can I also say a very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year to you and your ladies along with all of your families. 
Again thank you so much. 
Regards 
Lyndon Green 
Manager 
The Grove Residential Home (Solihull)

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Delivery Day of Shawls today!

Hello everyone!

PLEASE NOTE THAT I CANNOT ACCEPT ANY MORE SIBOL ITEMS THIS YEAR. WE WILL ACCEPT AGAIN JANUARY 2ND ONWARDS MANY THANKS  FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

I do hope you will scroll down and see what's new today! I've had such a busy day once again with lots of beautiful work arriving at my home.  After lunch I decided  to phone up Kingsleigh House, Birmingham to see if they would like to accept donations of Shawls. Like our Sunshine Blankets these come in so quickly and it always surprises me how hard you all work! Each one is so....different and I just love the variety of patterns.

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With this one added to from 'jessiebonbon' (see previous post).

'jessiebonbon' Thank you for the Shawl.


Off I went with Shawls loaded up in to two boxes.

Shawls delivered today to Kingsleigh House, Birmingham.


The Manager Alan wasn't available but two of his Staff accepted the Shawls.

Delivery of Shawls today to Kingsleigh House, Birmingham. Thanks everyone!


They are a sister Home to Olivet, who I visited last Friday. Once again the Home is a very
friendly one and I know that our Shawls will make a difference. The Lady on the Left said
how much the Blankets brighten up their Residents' rooms.  They said a Big Thank You!

Let's hope we can make plenty more next year.

x Sue x


The last items before Christmas arrive. Thank you.

Good Morning to you all!

I would like to thank 'jessiebonbon' this morning for sending in a pair of Fingerless Gloves and a Shawl. Both made beautifully I'm going to add these to my deliveries. How nice of you to make them I know it's difficult when we all have our familes to think about. They are very much appreciated many thanks.

Let's take a look now.

'jessiebonbon' Thank you for the Shawl.


Fingerless Gloves made by 'jessiebonbon' Thank you.

A great pattern 'jessiebonbon'.


I also had three Sunshine Blankets arrive from Angela. I haven't got an email address for you but I will be putting a note in the post to you to thank you. Whether you see my Blog I'm not sure.
The three Sunshine Blankets are so colourful and I know they will be admired. All three are a great size and ideal to use over laps.

So thank you Angela.


With thanks to Angela.

926 'Glamorous Granny' made by Angela. Thank you.

925 'Colourful Granny' made by Angela. Thank you.

927 'Grannies Galore 2' made by Angela. Thank you.

A parcel was delivered to my neighbour this morning while I was out.
It has been sent by Sue & Sue 'Trebles and Purls'.
Inside were Christmas Gift items and Sunshine Blankets.
Just take a look at these!






I can't believe I've reached 930 Sunshine Blankets now! It wasn't five minutes ago we had reached our 900th Sunshine Blanket! These Blankets are wonderful. A lot of work must have gone in to them thank you so much. They are an ideal size and will be so warm.

We also have Christmas Gifts for Residents in the Homes. Two ribbed Scarves will keep two Residents warm and Fingerless Gloves will be perfect too. Made in great colours. Thank you both so much!




Another busy day and I think I am waiting for one more Sunshine Blanket now which should be on it's way.

Thank you all so very much. I know the Residents are going to love what we've made for them.


Please do not send anything else now. Could you leave it till after Christmas now please.

Thanks so much.

x Sue x


Monday, 1 December 2014

A pretty Flower Sunshine Blanket and more Shawls!

Good morning and welcome!

The final items are arriving at my home for this years last delivery. As you know my closing date was end of November but a couple of Ladies have told me that their work is on the way. So I will hold on for you. I am hopefully going out to my last home later on this week.  Our blankets have been accepted so well and this morning I received an email from Jane at Olivet, Birmingham.  

She says, 

"Once again, on behalf of everyone at Olivet and our other homes, thank you to you and all your online knitters for such wonderful blankets.  It is so nice to pass the residents' rooms and see a blanket on the bed brightening it up and keeping their feet warm."

Thank you Jane


Another blanket that will certainly be brightening someone's room is this one received from Gwyneth this morning. Made in Green, Yellow and white this is a very spring-like blanket. A great size too and would probably suit someone that liked their garden. I'm sure this one like all the other blankets  we have made will be talking points for many days to come after receiving them.  

A superb Sunshine blanket made by Gwyneth. Thank you so much I love it.






I've done my best with photos but it's quite dark today.

Next we have two more Shawls from baw1812.  Thank you so much for these pretty Shawls, your hook has been smoking this year with all your wonderful donations. These Shawls are certainly addictive.






Pretty Butterflies too to add to our Butterfly collection.


I've made one too this one is going to Irene's neighbour 'Eileen' who is taking it to
Lady Katherines' Home at Balsall Common.



Thank you Gwyneth and baw1812 your work is lovely and very much appreciated.

That's all for today, may I remind you now that I cannot accept anything else for this year.
There's nothing to stop you Knitting and Crocheting but please hold on to everything until
2nd January 2015.

x Sue x 

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Three Shawls arrive today!

Good Morning to you all!

Well I've had a very busy week I do hope you will scroll down and read previous posts.

As you know the deadline date for anything 'SIBOL' related is end of November and the last
Shawls and Sunshine Blankets are arriving at my Home. I shall be receiving again after the New Year.

Today I have received two beautiful Shawls from Liztelf.




I love your Shawls Liztelf the edgings are so pretty and finish them off beautifully. Thank you so much.

We have one from Sally too. So colourful and some pretty Butterflies which will be very useful. Thank you.





I'm so grateful to everyone that follows the SIBOL Blog and I noticed on my live feed that I very often have someone from Redmond, Washington visit me. I would like to return the visit so if you could leave a comment with your Blog address I'd love to say hello! Thank you.

A big Thank you to everyone that has supported 'SIBOL' throughout the year you've all be fantastic!
I shall be accepting Sunshine Blankets and Shawls again in the New Year. End of November is the last date for deliveries this year. I shan't be going out again in December as I have to get myself sorted for Christmas and I do realise everyone are Knitting and Crocheting for Christmas.

If anyone wants to make Butterflies over the Christmas holiday period I'd be happy to accept in January. We are always in need of them for our Sunshine  Blankets. Here's the LINK to Nettie's Blog in Australia.

The Homes really appreciate the work we do for them especially with the cuts they are experiencing, so a Big Thank  you from them too! I shall be popping in from time to time and I hope you will scroll down and view our beautiful Blankets.

Thank you!

x Sue x

Friday, 28 November 2014

Delivery Day to Olivet, Birmingham.

Good evening and many thanks for stopping by!

I've had such a busy day but very rewarding indeed. First of all this morning I had 6 Sunshine Blankets arrive from Jane and Cara. If you would like to scroll down the posts you will be able to
see what I received. Such beautiful Blankets and I'm extremely grateful to both of you thank you.

In  total by the end of the morning my total number of Sunshine Blankets was 46 to deliver. The home I had arranged to visit was Olivet in Birmingham.  Over the past few days I have been getting the Blankets ready and then a mad rush this morning to get the last few decorated up and ready to take.


Sunshine Blankets ready to go to Olivet Care Home 28/11/2014. Thanks everyone!


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I arrived at the Home just after 2.00pm and was met by Jane. I was shown in to the Lounge where I met Staff and a few of the Residents. We had to put the boxes on the trolley to take into the Lounge there were such a lot of Blankets. The Residents had gone out for lunch and they were a little late back. Their treat was a Fish and Chip lunch how lovely.

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Margaret (Left) In charge of the Knitting Group.
Jane (Right) Manager of the Home.

It was a lovely room and seats were ready for the Residents and in the centre was a table with china cups and biscuits. It really was a picture. It reminded me of when I used to visit my Grandmother we always drunk out of a flowered china cup.

The Residents soon arrived and got out their Knitting needles. I'm going to give you a Link now and you will be able to pop over to their newsletter. It will tell you all about their Charity Knitting. Here it is.

It was really lovely to be able to sit and chat with the Residents. They were all busy with their Knitting and I commented how they were Knitting without looking down at their Needles, chatting away happily not making any mistakes!  They were all so happy and content with their Knitting and Margaret who was in charge of the  Knitting Group told me about her childhood in Scotland and how she had learnt  Knitting  from a very early age. It's so nice to hear everyone's stories!

Tea and biscuits were handed around and soon after I got up and gave a little talk about our Group. I explained how our project started and all about my Grandmother.

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The Ladies were really interested and guess what? They absolutely loved your Blankets!  They couldn't get over how beautiful they were. A few of the Ladies could crochet so they were interested very much in PinkLemon's 'Earth's Music' Blanket. The African Flower pattern. The Blanket was so colourful and I don't think they had seen the pattern before. I have promised to send it on to them. Also 'Cotton Candy' made and donated by Gill. But  to be honest they looked at quite a few of the Blankets and they loved them all.  I was so proud of each and everyone of you. The Blankets were all so beautiful. Laid out on the table in the centre of the room they really did look a picture and were admired by everyone. Along with the Sunshine Blankets I took in half of the Knitted Christmas Gift items. Everything was so well received by the Home. So a big thank you!

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I went and sat by the Ladies and looked at their work. Each telling me what they were making either little Jumpers, Scarves  or Blankets in strips. The yarn they were using was really colourful and of course we had chats about the good old days when we had the old fashioned wool shops!

Olivet have quite a few sister Homes and the Blankets today were actually going to be given to their Homes at Mumbles and Southport. As I was saying to Jane I'm really pleased about this because  it's a way we can get our Blankets further afield.  I have promised to go back with more for their other Homes because I know in the New Year we will receive plenty more. It's really surprising how they come in.

I would like to thank each and everyone of you who have supported the 'SIBOL' project this year. It is extremely kind of you and I can assure you that our work has been very much appreciated by Olivet in Birmingham. Everyone said thank you for going in and they all said how much they loved your beautiful Blankets!

I shall be going out next week with the remaining items I have here. I think that's all for now.

Thanks for visiting today!

x Sue x