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!

Saturday, 30 July 2011

A lot of SIBOL work today! Squares from the Netherlands and Uk!

Good morning Everyone!

~Wow!! A busy morning today here.  I've had lots of Squares arrive together today. Isn't it funny, none for a few days and then suddenly four parcels!

First of all I hopefully will have lots more time to take photos next week of three Blankets which I have finished. One of my 'Little Miss Twins' has been on holiday for two weeks as I have said before and we've been out and about, so not too much time to chat lately. So I suppose it's good they have arrived today! We've had such  a lovely time going here and there. .....

Well what's new on the SIBOL front?  Today I have had lots of Squares arrive. I would like to show you them.

First of all I would like to show you Squares from mandas' challenges.  Various challenges are going on at the moment. If you click on the link you will see what they are. I'm really pleased to show you Squares which have been sent in by Amanda. They are such fun!

Amanda has taken part in our 'Grow me a Garden', 'Tropical', 'Water melon', 'Cupcake', 'Olympics' and she's also been playing with Debi's Square! Well done Amanda, your Squares are fantastic. Let's have a look now.

Such pretty 'Cupcake' Squares.

Aren't these Cupcake Squares pretty!  I have  made you a Slide Show, sit back and enjoy now after your hard work. Thank you so much for taking part! What fun!

Next we have Richtje (Netherlands). Richtje thank you for the gorgeous Squares. I love them all.
It's so nice of you to make the Squares and I would like to show you the 'Two Tone Blue' ones first.

Yes they are for the 'Two Tone Blue' Challenge. Thanks so much Richtje!

So pretty for our Two Tone Blue Challenge. Let's have a look at the other ones now in your very own Slide Show! Thank you so much!

I would also like to thank Laura for the donation of Green yarn she had spare. She recently made her Mother a beautiful Green jacket with this yarn. She had some spare and thought of SIBOL, that was so kind, thank you!

What fun! I couldn't resist. You see they are not ordinary balls of yarn! What fun I have with this web site!

Now the last Squares have come in from the UK.  Jean Nock has sent in many Squares over the months for SIBOL, and I am always most grateful. These are  Black and White Squares and they are made beautifully! Now just take a look!

Such pretty Black and White Squares!

Let's see which Slide Show I have chosen  for Jean Nock!

I hope you enjoyed the Slide Show 'Jean Nock!'.  It was a pleasure to make it for you.

Phew! That was a lot of Squares.  Next week as soon as I have got myself up to date with my housework, I will be taking photos of the new Blankets. Thank you for being patient!

Our 'Tropical' theme ends tomorrow. Don't worry if they are a little late arriving! They will be okay. There are still Challenges running if you want to take part.

May I say thank you tol the Ladies I have been chatting to over the last few days. It's always nice to talk 'SIBOL'  with you. From time to time I like to discuss things with you. Just puts my mind at rest you are enjoying SIBOL, and that everything is running as it should be.  Thank you.

Well Mr. Twins is out with the mower, I've been on here all morning so now I must go and tidy my flower beds up. I then have a wacky scarf to finish for a friend of Little Miss Twins and then it's on to another Blanket. All go here at SIBOL HQ! :)

Have a good weekend everyone!

x Sue x

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Squares from the USA!

Good Afternoon Everyonee!

I must apologise for being fairly quiet here on SIBOL.  Little Miss Twins (1) is at home this week and we also have visitors, so my time is limited.  I do have new Blankets to show you but I haven't got the time to load them so please bear with me. I am just popping in  to show you what's new arriving and to keep up to date with the Squares on Flickr and on here.

I must thank Debi Y (USA) for the beautiful 'Winter Wonderland' Squares. What a good idea, sewing some buttons on to a Square! Also many thanks for the yarn Debi. I'll show you the Squares now. They are such pretty patterns and they have been crocheted with Red Heart Sparkling yarn which is now discontinued. I love all the information Debi! Many thanks.

Debi Y (USA) Your Squares have arrived! Thank you!

Created with flickr slideshow from softsea.

Very nice Squares thank you Debi!

Thank you for visiting our SIBOL web-site and next week I will have more Blankets to show you.

x Sue x

Friday, 22 July 2011

Squares from Spain and Belgium!

Good afternoon Everyone!

I'm very pleased to be showing you three lots of Squares which have arrived today.

The first set from 'Sandra' in Belgium. I'm very pleased to say Sandra has been making Squares for our Challenges and I'm sure you will agree they are gorgeous.  Squares for the 'Two Tone Blue', 'Cup Cake' and 'Grow me a Garden'. Would you like to see?  Let's have a look at the Cupcake Square first. Please visit her blog

Beautiful Square for our 'Cup Cake' Challenge.

You will see the others in the Slide Show I have made for Sandra.

Created with flickr slideshow from softsea.

Pretty aren't they? Thank you Sandra.

Next we have Squares from Alhana and her Mother in Spain.  I'm really so grateful to you for these Squares. Yes I agree they will be perfect for the Men's Blankets. I just love these colours reminding me of Autumn, which will be approaching very soon!  It's very nice of you both to think of SIBOL!

Great patterns and colours.

Alhana and your Mother, I have made you a Slide Show, enjoy your Squares and thank you so much!

Created with flickr slideshow from softsea.

Thirdly, we have Merchy from Spain.  Merchy has very kindly sent her Jan Eaton Block which is Number 54 'Framed Flower'.  This is just so pretty with the colour combination used. I love it. I had to go outside and put it amongst my Flowers. Thank you also for the Ribbon and yarn Merchy, it will be so useful for the Blankets.

Merchy (Spain) Your Square for Jan Eaton Challenge has arrived!

54 'Framed Flower' - Jan Eaton Challenge.

Well we had some beautiful Squares once again.  Thank you all so very much for making them for SIBOL.

Happy Weekend Everyone, and thanks for visiting SIBOL!

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Squares from the Netherlands and the States today!

Good afternoon Everyone!

Thank you for visiting SIBOL on this wet afternoon in the UK.  Too wet today to go outside to take photos I'm afraid..... So I've taken some indoors with my iphone because for some reason I can't find my camera! How can I have the camera memory card on the Kitchen Table with no sign of the camera it baffles me!  I also have one of my 'Miss Twins' at home so I'm limited for time these next few weeks.  We did have a wicked time yesterday, we went for a make-over and photo shoot. So when I get the photos back I will put them on my 'Mrs Twins' blog for you to have a look at.  We had a fantastic time.  Getting back to SIBOL.....

Today the post has been busy from the Netherlands. I have had two lots of Squares arrive from Diemie and Marianne.  Also Squares from Heather in the States, thank you all so much!

First of all Heather has sent in Squares for our Watermelon Challenge.  Squares are gorgeous Heather, thank you.  She has used colours which remind her of the fruits. I'm sure you will want to see them now.

Heather (USA) Your Squares have arrived thank you!

Let's have a closer look in Heather's Slide Show!

Created with flickr slideshow from softsea.

Beautiful Squares Heather, thanks so much!

Next we have Diemie. Please follow the link to her blog. Diemie has been working hard for our Challenges, these being the 'Two Tone Blue' Challenge, 'Winter Wonderland' and 'Grow me a Garden' Challenge. Just take a look at these lovely Squares too!

Diemie (Netherlands) Your Squares have arrived! Thank you!

Created with flickr slideshow from softsea.

I'm sorry I couldn't go outside today!

Thank you for the gorgeous Squares Diemie!

Thirdly, I have Squares from Marianne in the Netherlands.

Another beautiful set of interesting Squares.

Marianne (Netherlands) Your Squares have arrived! Thank you!

A grey and pink set of Squares which are a fantastic colour combination  I'm sure you will agree. Two Squares for our 'Textured Challenge', A Dutch Flag for our Olympic Blanket and a Flower Square made in the colours of the Dutch Flag.  Here's your Slide Show Marianne. I love your Squares thank you so much.

Created with flickr slideshow from softsea.

All three sets are superb thank you! 

I am busy working on Blankets at the moment and still waiting for Jan Eaton to finally come in,. Thanks for all your previous comments, very much appreciated.

Until next time, bye for now

x Sue x

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Squares from Singapore and the USA!

Good Evening everyone!

I do apologise, I am late writing my post today. I have been out with my Daughter today and this is the first chance I've had to update the blog.

I am very pleased to tell you that I have received Squares from arien 156 (Singapore) and Debi Y (USA).

First of all let's have a look at the Squares from arien 156.

Jan Eaton Squares are always popular and for our special Jan Eaton Challenge I have received 'Nine Patch Granny'. No. 61 out of the Jan Eaton book from arien 156.  This is so pretty with the colours chosen, I'm sure you will agree. Also a lovely 'Two tone blue' Square and guess what a 'Watermelon Square' which is fantastic, just take a look!

I'm very grateful arien 156! They are so pretty!

I love your Squares arien 156, now I have made you a Slide Show!


Thank you for taking part in our SIBOL Challenges and for all the work you do on our SIBOL Rav Group!
Very much appreciated!

Now we will look at Debi's Squares from Crochet, Crafts & Gardening.  I will give you a link to the pattern used in these Squares because they are so pretty.

Debi has very kindly written some details down for us about the yarn too which is very kind, thank you!

The pattern  is  Debi's 'Squircle V2'.

Let's have a look at them.

Debi Y (USA) Your Squares arrived today! Thank you!

The green, brown, blue & white Squares are crocheted with Red Heart Super Saver in 'peruvian print'.

The orange, green, pink &  purple squares are crocheted with Red Heart Stripes in 'cancun stripe'.

The blueish greenish squares were made in Premier Deborah Norville Everyday Soft and the colour is Lagoon.

They are made in gorgeous yarn and I think my favourite is the orange variegated yarn. I just love all the colours in this one. The squares are so pretty, thank you Debi!

I have made you a Slide Show!

Thanks to both of you for the gorgeous Squares!
Until next time, bye.....

x Sue x

Sunday, 17 July 2011

SIBOLETTES ONLY (UK) Anyone Interested in free tickets to a Craft Show.

Hello Everyone!

I'm just popping in to ask if anyone would like two free Adult Tickets to ......


26- 29 August 2011

I have won these two tickets and I am willing to give them away to any of my SIBOLETTES who live in the UK.

Please make sure you can go on any of these dates, and that you can use both tickets.

To enter.

You must have sent me Squares
Therefore you must be one of my SIBOLETTES!

Please pop over to Ravelry
and put your name down on the appropriate thread on the discussion board

I will draw a winner Wednesday morning
20th July at 11.00am.

Thank you!

Best of Luck!

x Sue x

Friday, 15 July 2011

Squares from the Uk!

Good afternoon,

Well the weekend is virtually here..... Let's hope we all have a good one!

Today I received Squares from bonsall. bonsall has been really busy for SIBOL. She has sent some beautiful Squares for our SIBOL CHALLENGES. I'm really grateful to you bonsall for taking part.  I have given you the link for our SIBOL CHALLENGES , if you want to pop over please do so. 

bonsall has sent Squares for our Jan Eaton Challenge, Winter Wonderland,  Cupcake Challenge. The Farm yard Challenge has actually ended now, but I will keep those for the future if I may bonsall. Also general Squares and some Flower ones too.

Off we go out into the garden.......Let's play!

They are beautiful thank you bonsall and I have now made you a Slide Show all of your own!

Have a good weekend everyone and thanks for visiting SIBOL!

x Sue x

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Watermelon Squares from Louisiana! (USA)

Good Afternoon Everyone!

Woo hoo!!! It's one of those exciting days..........

A knock came to my front door this morning. A man standing there with one of those funny little machines in his hand.  Could I have your first  initial please?  Could I have your surname please? Would you sign this please? Yes of course. Thank you Bye......

As I went back in to the house. I saw that it had come from wiLDaBoUtCoLoR over in Louisiana (USA). Now if you haven't heard of wiLDaBoUtCoLoR I suggest you pop over to her blog because this is a Lady who has gone terribly 'Watermelon Crazy!' over the last few months.  She has made everything from Pot Holders, Coasters, Pillows and lots more all in the Watermelon theme. Her work is amazing! Then the other day she suggested a new Challenge for SIBOL.  Yes a 'Watermelon Challenge'.  Now if you would like to take part details are over on our SIBOL CHALLENGE web-site.  But if you'd like some more inspiration please pop over to her blog and also have a look at these amazing Squares I have received in the post today.

Not only did I receive beautiful Squares and indeed yarn to make them up. I also received a gift for me! I know how amazing is that! A pair of Piggy Slippers, beautifully crocheted in pink. Aren't these just gorgeous!

OOh I can't wait to get outside!!!!! Piggies do you want to come!

What a kind lady, thank you Ellen. I was instructed to take a photo of me modelling them too, so if you look through the Slide Show you might just see me wearing them!

Oh how excited I have been this morning to receive these gorgeous Squares for SIBOL. wiLDaBoUtCoLoR has made them beautifully all so different.  It's going to be a Challenge for me now to put them altogether. The yarn Red Heart is so lovely too.  I just can't wait to show you the photographs I have taken this morning.

Created with flickr slideshow from softsea.

Did you also notice the Flag of the USA for our Olympic Blanket?  This is brilliant. A simple Granny Square as the base. If you want to join our Olympic Challenge details are once again over on our SIBOL CHALLENGE web-site.

Thank you so much Ellen for the gorgeous Watermelon Squares, Red Heart yarn for making up, card and indeed Piggy Slippers..... You are one kind lady to go to such a lot of trouble for SIBOL. Your work is fantastic and I'm sure everyone will agree.

Don't forget to check out Ellen's blog blog! I'm sure you'll love popping over.

Oh I would like to say welcome to Sandra our 400th Follower!

Bye for now

x Sue x

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Sibolettes! Well done to you! We've done it again!

Good evening everyone!

It's so nice when I have news to tell you. I just can't wait to share it with you.

I did know a couple of months ago that SIBOL was going to feature in Knit Today. Last Friday the issue came out but I've had trouble getting a copy. Thanks to Melanie for telling me in the first place and also joyce28. This evening Mr. Twins has managed to scan me a couple of copies and now I am ready to share them with you.

Knit Today is a really lovely magazine here in the UK concentrating mainly on Knitting of course, but they do also have features on Crocheting and indeed patterns from time to time. I'm really pleased that our project was mentioned along with the Royal Wedding Blanket pictured.

Here is the main cover. If you click on the picture it will take you over to Flickr. Then go to 'actions' then 'sizes'. You'll then be able to read it..

Well done SIBOLETTES! We've done it again!

Then the actual article is here.

SIBOL has an article in Knit Today August 2011 Issue 62.

Thank you very much Knit Today!

I would also like to mention at this point that we will also be featured  in Simply Knitting. The issue No will be 85 and it will be out on September 6th.  They requested lots of photos and I've done my best to supply them with what I can. I have gained permission before sending the photos off to them. So let's see what happens in September. Something to look forward to.

Thanks to everyone for your comments on 'Endless Summer Flowers' and thanks to Marilyn for giving me an idea for the name.

So I think that's all for now.  Until next time, Goodnight!

x Sue x

Monday, 11 July 2011

Ta - Dah! Introducing SIBOL No. 73 - 'Endless Summer Flowers'.

I'm just loving the colours in this Blanket.

Good Evening Everyone!

I'm very happy to be showing you my 73rd Ta - Dah this evening.  It's called 'Endless Summer Flowers' and has been named by Marilyn. Thank you!   I've been trying to get some decent photos outside, but it's rather difficult when the sun is belting down on our 'south facing' patio. It was so hot
out there today.  So I went back out there about 5 o'clock to try again.

Thank you to everyone that has contributed Squares for this Blanket. I have thoroughly enjoyed making it up. I still get such a buzz even though I've made so many! I just love the colours in this Blanket. I have tried to use the same colours in the border  as in Maree's Flower Squares which are the two Squares each side of the middle Square. They are my favourite colours and actually the same ones in the throw I made a while back in my Conservatory.

Thanks to everyone that has contributed Squares for this Blanket. 'Please add note' if you see your own Square.

If you see your Square click on this photo and pop over to Flickr. I would love you to 'add note' on your Square!

I hope you like it. The Squares were amazing! I appreciate each and every one of them thank you!

The ribbon was supplied by Puppet Lady.
The Flowers by Chalky 75.
The Butterflies by Anakat.
The Squares by you, thank you!

Bye for now thanks for visiting 'SIBOL' today!

x Sue x

Squares from the UK for our Challenges.

Hello Everyone!

I'm very pleased to be showing you some Squares that came in today from joyce28 (UK).  joyce28 has been working extremely hard for Challenges which are running at the moment.

First of all I think the Squares for the Olympic blanket are wonderful. joyce28 has knitted some Flag Squares for us.  These being Switzerland and the Czech Republic. Just take a look at these.

Olympic Flag Squares! These are once again brilliant joyce28!

One talented lady there! I'm sure you will agree.

Next we have 'Grow me a Garden'.

'Grow me a Garden' Challenge. Thank you so much joyce28 I love all of the Squares, they are brilliant!

I think this one is so....pretty!

The next ones are 'Two Tone Blue' Challenge. Just take a look at these Squares.

'Two Tone Blue' Challenge.

I absolutely love the next one.  This Square is for our 'Two of a Kind' Challenge. Where you have to Knit or Crochet 'two of something!'.  joyce28 has chosen to knit two cats. I hope Elizabeth Cat is passing through!This is so...cute!

'Two of a Kind' Challnge. I'm sure you'll love this Square if you like cats! Brilliant!

Thank you so much for taking part in our Challenges joyce28.  If anyone wants to make special Squares for our Challenges. Please pop over to our SIBOL CHALLENGE web site.

I just love all the Squares you have sent in and I do hope Ladies visiting SIBOL this evening will be inspired by these fantastic Squares.

joyce28 (UK) Your Squares arrived today! Thank You!


This is the Ravelry link. If you'd like to take part in the SIBOL Swap, please do....But get your names down before the 15th of this month.  It has been very successful and the Ladies are receiving some wonderful Swaps!

I will have a Ta- Dah very soon for you...... Bye for now.

x Sue x

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Thank you Adam! UPDATE Squares (UK).

Good Morning Everyone!

Happy Saturday to you all! A lovely day here in the UK.

I'm nearly ready to show you my latest 'Sunshine Blanket' but I thought I would just like to do a post for my friend Adam over in the States. Our Slide Shows on SIBOL are a very important part of my work. Not only do I show you the Blankets that we manage to finish but also to showcase your beautiful Squares!

Over the last few weeks I have been experiencing a few problems and I'm very pleased to say 'Adam at Slide.com' has very kindly been in touch with his Engineers and they have 'sorted my problem' out.

So this post is for Adam to say thank you!

My Butterflies are fluttering and I'm happy!

Have a good weekend everyone and enjoy the Slide Show!

x Sue x


I'm back......We had a late Saturday post. The usual Postman is on holiday.  So I'm very pleased to be showing you the Squares received today from 'Jean Nock'.  'Jean Nock' has contributed lots of Squares over the months and it's always a pleasure to receive them. 

Jean Nock (UK) Your Squares have arrived! Thank You!

The Squares are once again beautiful and I particularly like the Blue and Yellow together.  Of course I've been outside into the garden to take some photos.

'Jean Nock' thank you very much and I've made you a Slide Show of course!

I really am signing off for the evening now, enjoy the weekend and I have a hook waiting for me.....

x Sue x