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.

Donations of Sunshine Blankets/Shawls/Butterflies can be accepted between these dates.
1st March to 30th November 2017. Thank you.

Total 1375 Thank you!




Friday, 30 August 2013

500th Square and a superb Granny Square Blanket arrive today!

Good afternoon,

I'm very pleased to be showing you a Square for our 500th Blanket. It has been made by MarilynJG here in the UK. We have recently reached our 500th Sunshine Blanket and we have decided to make a special 'party theme' Blanket to celebrate. All parties have cake and just look at this Square! It has been made on Marilyn's sewing machine and this is going to look fantastic in our Blanket. Crochet around the edges couldn't be better.

Marilyn '500th Square' So beautiful well done!  Thank you! Let's have a party!


Do you remember the other ones she made? Here they are.... Absolutely wonderful thank you Marilyn!

Marilyn JG.  Thank you!  Squares for our 500th Sunshine Blanket! Want to join us? Please do.

If you would like to join us there are still spaces available?
Pop over to RAVELRY on this link.

I also received a superb Granny Square Blanket in the post today from 'jean nock'.
Each Square is different as you can see using lots of spare yarn and it's another wonderful Blanket for the Elderly. This is a great size and I know it will be very well received at one of the homes.

Thank you very much 'jean nock'

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509 'jean nock' thank you so much ! Gorgeous!

So pretty thank you very much.

x Sue x 

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Wonderful Blankets to see today!

Good Afternoon to you all and thanks for visiting the 'SIBOL' Blog,

I would like to thank Kate today for the box received this morning. Inside were three gorgeous Blankets, SIBOL Butterflies and a lovely bag of Ribbon which will be very useful indeed.

This picture one is based on Louis Armstrong's lyrics to Wonderful World.  Kate tells me she didn't mean to make a whole Blanket but she had  a couple of squares that were too big a while ago and they were just being unloved.  All of a sudden inspiration hit, she thought of our Challenge and before she knew it she had made a whole Blanket. This certainly is a wonderful Blanket, you really have some fantastic ideas for Squares.  While we are talking about our Challenge I do still need Squares if anyone would like to help details are over on our Challenge Blog. Here's the link.





I love the World Square in particular you have captured it really well and of course clouds, sun, trees, flowers make this really interesting.  

We have two other Blankets to look at now and it's the good ol' Granny that has been used. 


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The Black border is perfect Kate it really makes the Squares stand out.

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It's nice to see the tiny Squares made in to a Blanket and I love how you have incorporated the two different sizes in the other one.

Kate you have worked really hard on all three Blankets, thank you so much for making and donating them. Also for the lovely SIBOL Butterflies and Ribbon too which will be terribly useful.


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I know these Blankets are going to be loved. I will be very happy indeed to
pass them on to the Elderly. Thank you.

A Slide Show for you Kate.


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Thanks for popping in today.

If you would like to ask me anything about our Blankets please mail me
Sue on sueatpigsty@talktalk.net

Bye for now!

x Sue x 


Tuesday, 27 August 2013

500th Blanket Challenge.

Good Morning to you all!

I am very pleased to be showing you some Squares that have arrived this morning from Fien in the Netherlands. She has very kindly made four for our Stash and one for our 500th Blanket. Amongst the Squares I have also received some pretty Butterflies.  I am so pleased you have taken part in our special
500th Blanket Challenge and I welcome others to take part too! Details are on here.

Fien 'Netherlands' thank you!



For our 500th Blanket .....

500th Square. Thank you!

All gorgeous Squares thank you Fien.

x Sue x 

Monday, 26 August 2013

Southbank Centre Village Fair Day 2.

Good Afternoon and welcome to 'SIBOL',

I am terribly grateful to Maria-Jesus and PurlyGalore for promoting our 'SIBOL' Group at the event which has been taking place at the Southbank Centre in London over the last two days. They belong to the London Knaughty Knitters and they very kindly distributed information about our project.  They have also very kindly given me an up-date on Day two.


"The day, again, has been fantastic.
One of our top students, the Baking Dolly, who learnt to knit and crochet in the space of two hours yesterday, also won the 'Bake off' competition today, and brought her mouthwatering prize winning lemon drizzle cake for us to eat!
We had lots of women and men knitting with us, many different nationalities, and some lovely children...
It was really interesting to hear their knitting stories, and we made some new friends.
Many people wanted to find out about Sibol, and took some information home.

Thanks to them, over the last two days we've made about 50 squares!
Overall, we have a grand total of 103.
They will be made into blankets and added to the one we've already finished.

It's been a great weekend, and we hope you have gained many Sibolettes :)"

Regards,
Purlygalore and Maria-Jesus

Photos too! Thank you!



Grand total

Southbank village fair day 2

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LKK Southbank day 2.1

LKK Southbank day 2.2

LKK Southbank day 2.3

LKK Southbank day 2.4


LKK Southbank day 2.5

LKK Southbank day 2.6

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The photos are great, it  looks as though you all had a fab time. A lovely time to sit, knit and chat and at the same time turn out some beautiful Squares and Butterflies for 'SIBOL'. Beautiful blankets too coming my way by the look of the photos. 

I'm sure everyone in the 'SIBOL' Group would like to thank you both  for promoting our Group. You have both worked really hard making this event a success and I have to say the leaflets that you produced are fabulous. Well done to you both!

x Sue x 

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Southbank Centre Village Fair (Day 1)

Good morning!

I would like to thank  Maria-Jesus and PurlyGalore for promoting our SIBOL Group today! Saturday..

They both belong to 'London Knaughty Knitters' and over the weekend they are holding an event at the Southbank Village Fair. The event runs for two days so there is still time to pop along if you are in the area. They very kindly printed some leaflets out informing their visitors about the work we do for the Elderly and invited everyone to knit a square for us. How kind! 

I have received a report about the day from Maria-Jesus I thought you would like to read it.


We've been really busy, it's been rainy but we were indoors.
In a way the rain made people come and sit with us and knit a square.
Lots of experienced knitters interested in Sibol, and also lots of beginners keen to make the gorgeous butterflies, and have a go at the beginning of a square.
We had made a butterfly garland in rainbow colours, and it's been photographed and admired :)
They have also looked at the blanket we've already put together, the one with the loud Christmasy colours.
We've given away lots of leaflets that have your blog's address, so maybe someone will be in touch :)
A few people are coming back tomorrow to carry on with their squares!
We had a great happy atmosphere, and the day has gone really quickly.


Photos too!

Afternoon knitting

Happy crowd

Butterfly finished!




Well done! You've made a great Butterfly!


London Knaughty Knitters backwards

Determined to crochet

igreat day

Learning to crochet butterflies


Quieter moment

Learning

Getting busy

Getting busy2

What it's all about


  Great Blanket!

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A fantastic selection of photos thank you both so much! I love the string of Butterflies what a great idea and I'm so pleased you had a good turn out. It looks as though the event was a success to me and all the best for Sunday! I'm sure everyone will enjoy reading this post.

What a great day!

x Sue x

Friday, 23 August 2013

Join in the fun! We are celebrating our 500th Sunshine Blanket.

Good morning and welcome!

First of all may I say thank you for all the wonderful emails  I receive about our Sunshine Blankets for the Elderly. We certainly are churning out some lovely ones 'as usual'. If there is anything you would like to ask me please feel free to contact me on 'Sue' - sueatpigsty@talktalk.net

Who would have thought we would have made over 500 Blankets now! To celebrate we are making a special 500th Blanket and I am inviting you to take part.

The theme is 'party' and I am asking you if you would like to make a 6" Crocheted or Knitted Square with this theme in mind. So I'm thinking champagne glasses, fireworks, cake, balloons etc.. So put your thinking caps on and join in the fun.

Today I have received Squares from MailynJG over on RAVELRY and you are just going to love them. It has been quite difficult to think of ideas for this particular Challenge and Marilyn has tried something really different this time. 'SIBOL' is a place where we can share our 'creativity'  so I'm really pleased that she has tried something new for our Blankets.


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We are in a celebratory mood! Thank you Marilyn!!



May I remind you please......... A message from Maria

Hello all, 
There is a brilliant event going on over the bank holiday weekend at the Southbank Centre, a village fair with cake  competition, dog show and…….. some knitting ;)

Our group, the London Knaughty Knitters will have a stall, where we will teach people how to knit making squares for a SIBOL blanket.

Everyone in the group has been knitting like crazy over the last few weeks and we already have enough squares for two blankets, and we are not at the event yet!!!

If anyone is around London the Bank Holiday weekend, we would love to see you, make a square together, a butterfly, or just have a chat ;)
Also if you would like to pop by with your squares, we would be very happy to add them to our blanket or send them on to Sue.

Where and when: 
Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th August 
Southbank Centre 
Our group will be in the Makers Market from 11-4pm, that will be in the Herb Garden at the Riverside Terrace.
Here is the link to the Southbank centre where you can see all the activities going on, it is going to be something else!!

http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/search/results/village%20fair

What ever you are doing over the Bank Holiday have fun! Thanks for visiting 'SIBOL' today!

x Sue x


Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Squares arrive for our Challenges/Southbank Village Fair.

Good Afternoon and welcome!

It was so nice to pop round to see pippas45 this morning. We had a nice catch up and I came away with 125 Crocheted Squares from Grace the 80 year old Lady who is in sheltered accommodation with pippas mother. Grace loves making Crocheted squares for our blankets, she tells me she likes to help others and SIBOL is giving her such a lot of pleasure. Mr T. is away this weekend so I will be sitting down to put these beauties together. Thank you Grace!

Here they are.....

125 Squares from 80 yr old Grace. Thank you!



pippas45 also gave me a Square for our 'Festivals Challenge'. She has Crocheted 'The Balloon Festival'. Wonderful idea thank you so much. This Square really is interesting. Would you like to have a go? We really need Squares in as soon as possible. Here's the Link with details.

pippa 'Festivals Challenge - Balloons' Thank you!



In the post this morning I received two Squares for our special 500th Blanket. We are celebrating making 500 Sunshine Blankets and we have a party theme going on. So why not join us? I am inviting you to make a 6" Square with a 'party theme' Crocheted or Knitted on to the Square. This could be streamers, balloons, champagne glass. We could even have a cake I suppose. Use your imagination or even 'Google' and come up with a Square for our celebratory Blanket.

Here's a Link over to RAVELRY.

Let's take a look at the Squares now.

First of all we have a Square from Liztelf. Thank you so much. This Square is brilliant Liztelf!

Liztelf '500th' Blanket Challenge' Thank you!


Next we have  a Square from creativegranny.

'creativegranny' '500th Blanket Challenge' Thank you!


You have made a splendid job too creativegranny. They are both going to look stunning in our Blanket.

Thank you all so much. The Squares from all of you are just perfect!



Can I remind you please! A message from Maria-Jesus

Hello all, 
There is a brilliant event going on over the bank holiday weekend at the Southbank Centre, a village fair with cake  competition, dog show and…….. some knitting ;)

Our group, the London Knaughty Knitters will have a stall, where we will teach people how to knit making squares for a SIBOL blanket.

Everyone in the group has been knitting like crazy over the last few weeks and we already have enough squares for two blankets, and we are not at the event yet!!!

If anyone is around London the Bank Holiday weekend, we would love to see you, make a square together, a butterfly, or just have a chat ;)
Also if you would like to pop by with your squares, we would be very happy to add them to our blanket or send them on to Sue.

Where and when: 
Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th August 
Southbank Centre 
Our group will be in the Makers Market from 11-4pm, that will be in the Herb Garden at the Riverside Terrace.
Here is the link to the Southbank centre where you can see all the activities going on, it is going to be something else!!

http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/search/results/village%20fair


x Sue x

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Our special Challenge to celebrate our 500th Blanket and 'Festivals' Challenge.

Good Afternoon and welcome!

I am very pleased to be showing you the 'centre square' for our 500th Blanket. joyce28 has very kindly knitted this great design.

joyce 28 Our Centre Square for the 500th SIBOL! Thank you! x


It's going to look superb joyce28 thank you! If anyone else want to make a square we do have a thread over on RAVELRY here's the link. You are most welcome to join in the Challenge.

We do still have the 'Festivals' Challenge and 'Wonderful World' Challenge running at the moment and if you would like to join in please do. Please visit SIBOL Challenges. Thank you!


We had such fun taking part in the 2012 'Jersey Textile Showcase 


'Your Local Landscape' Blanket has raised £95.00 for Jersey Mencap. Thank you!



when it raised £95.00 for Jersey Mencap.  I was wondering if you would like to help me make a Blanket for next years exhibition.

The theme is 'Festivals'. So I am inviting you to make a 6" Crocheted or Knitted Square with this in mind. 

Where-ever you live in the World each country holds it's own Festivals. If you 'Google' - 'Festivals' you will find lists of various ones held. You know the sort of thing 

Music, Wine, Book, Film, Steam, Religious, etc
Here's a link giving you some ideas.


REQUIREMENTS
6" Crocheted or Knitted Square.
Acrylic yarn.
Festival theme
Lots of colour!

With each Square please enclose a note enclosing details about the Square you have made so I can enclose a sheet with the Blanket.

Please send your Squares as soon as possible. Thank you! 

The Blanket will go on exhibition in the Gallery at the Harbour in Jersey for the duration of the show and then it will be sold to raise funds for Macmillan Nursing

http://www.macmillan.org.uk/HowWeCanHelp/Nurses/AboutMacmillanNurses.aspx

This will not be entered in to the Competition as it will be too big.
This is purely for exhibiting and fund-raising.

There are lots of details about the Jersey Textile Showcase  on here

http://www.theharbourgalleryjersey.com/textile.html

Enquiries Sue on sueatpigsty@talktalk.net
or RAV mail me

Thanks to everyone!
Sue 







x Sue x

Monday, 19 August 2013

Mothers Garden and Bullseye.

Good Afternoon and welcome!

I am so excited this afternoon to be showing you two superb blankets that have been made and donated by Kathy.

The square blanket is 'Mothers Garden' -  'named for my mother who died last year. Her garden was always so colourful', Kathy  says in her note.

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This blanket looks like a garden of flowers to me Kathy! 
How striking! 
I'm really happy to be passing this on to a Home. 

The second blanket Kathy has made is called 'Bullseye'
You will see why!

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Once again fantastic!

These blankets are a great size for the Elderly and I know they will be loved!

Thank you so much once again. 
Made so quickly too!

Absolutely perfect.

Thank you too for the ribbon ideal for our blankets.

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I am also very pleased to be showing you two squares made by jesssiebonbon.
They are for our 'Wonderful World' Challenge.

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We do still need more Squares for this Challenge  if anyone is interested.
All details are on here


Thank you both so much. Slide Show here for you Kathy.

x Sue x


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Saturday, 17 August 2013

500 Sunshine Blanket 'celebrations' Challenge.

Good afternoon,

I am very pleased to be showing you a Square received today from Joanna here in the UK. We have now made 500 Sunshine Blankets for the Elderly and we have  decided to make a special Blanket to celebrate. So I am asking if you would like to make a 6" Crocheted or Knitted Square with a 'celebratory' theme. This could have balloons, streamers, 500 etc., Crocheted or Knitted on to the Square in the way of appliques.

You will see the sort of thing I mean by looking at Joannas' Square.

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I suppose this is quite a difficult Challenge but that's what 'SIBOL' is all about. Trying new things and getting inspiration from others. So I hope Joannas' Square will inspire you to have a go.

You may want to link over to RAVELRY to the 500th thread.

Thanks for visiting today!

x Sue x


Friday, 16 August 2013

Southbank Centre village fair London 24th & 25th August/Butterflies/Sunshine Blankets.

Good Afternoon,

I am very pleased to be showing you two stunning Blankets received from Anita here in the UK. How kind of you to make and donate them to SIBOL! Both Blankets are absolutely beautiful, really bright and cheerful just what we need for the Elderly in the Care Homes etc.,

If you haven't read about my visit to Victoria Lodge  Care Home please do scroll down and have a catch up. Our 'Sunshine Blankets' were received so well and the Staff and everyone loved them.

Getting back to Anita's Blankets here they are!

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I do hope the Granny Squares are inspiring you to pick up your hook!  These two Blankets have been put together so well and I know they are going to be loved. There is a great need for Blankets in the Care Homes. Sometimes the ones they have are very old and tatty and what's  nicer than having a nice new one! They give a great deal of comfort to an Elderly person and certainly bring smiles to their faces! Definitely talking points in the Homes too especially the Challenge Blankets.

Thank you very much indeed Anita for putting these together, I really appreciate them. I shall make you a Slide Show so please scroll down to the end of the post.



I also received some SIBOL Butterflies this morning from 'Lynn' here in the UK. Lynn is a friend of our Fee. They both meet at a local Knit and Knatter Group. Lynn is new to crochet and she has really enjoyed making the Butterflies for us. Of course once she started making them she was addicted to them. I would like to thank Fee too because she actually taught Lynn to crochet.  Here they are.....

Lynn V Thank you for the SIBOL Butterflies!



If you would like to have a go at the Butterflies please follow this Link to Netties Blog in Australia.


Thank you both very much and now a  message from  one of our SIBOLETTE'S 'Maria-Jesus'.

Hello all,

There is a brilliant event going on over the bank holiday weekend at the Southbank Centre, a village fair with cake competition, dog show and…….. some knitting ;) Our group, the London Knaughty Knitters will have a stall, where we will teach people how to knit making squares for a SIBOL blanket. Everyone in the group has been knitting like crazy over the last few weeks and we already have enough squares for two blankets, and we are not at the event yet!!!

If anyone is around London the Bank Holiday weekend, we would love to see you, make a square together, a butterfly, or just have a chat ;)

Also if you would like to pop by with your squares, we would be very happy to add them to our blanket or send them on to Sue.

Where and when: Saturday 24th &  Sunday 25th August Southbank Centre
Our group will be in the Makers Market from 11-4pm, that will be in the Herb Garden at the Riverside Terrace.

Here is the link to the Southbank centre where you can see all the activities going on, it is going to be something else!!


Thanks Maria-Jesus!


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I wish I could pop along myself!

x Sue x