Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Updated Info.

Hi everyone!

Please may I advise you that I have finally changed my email address.

I am now available on
sueatpigsty@virginmedia.com

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has contacted me recently telling me how much they are enjoying browsing our web site. I agree with you as always our Sunshine Blankets are absolutely beautiful. We have such talented Ladies worldwide who share the love of Crocheting and Knitting and it is so nice that they can devote their time to helping others. We have now made 1191 Sunshine Blankets which we have donated to Residents and I think this is a marvellous achievement so a Big Thank you to everyone!

I keep a visual record of all our Blankets and Shawls as well as this Blog and you are most welcome to pop over to Flickr here's the LINK.

May I remind you I am accepting Sunshine Blankets and Shawls from
1st March to the end of November 2016.

Further information is on here
SIBOL CHALLENGES.

Our Ravelry Group is on here.

Thanks everyone!

sueatpigsty@virginmedia.com

x Sue x




Thursday, 14 January 2016

Colours!

Good morning,

I would like to show you a very pretty Knitted Blanket that I received this morning. Made by two sisters from Guildord J & B Francis this Blanket is a very brightly coloured piece of work. Larger than our normal Sunshine Blankets this Blanket would be perfect to brighten up someone's single bed.

Although I am extremely happy to receive your Blanket may I remind everyone who follows SIBOL that I am  on a short break at the moment and hopefully not receiving any Blankets now until after 1st March. Saying that I will keep your Blanket and deliver it as soon as I am receiving again.

Thank you both very much. Let's take a look now.



Thank you to the two Harris sisters.


Thank you to the Harris Sisters.


Gorgeous thank you!

x Sue x 

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Up-date about 'SIBOL'.

Hi everyone!

I shall be collecting your Sunshine Blankets, Shawls and Butterflies again after March 1st 2016.
May I thank everyone for showing an interest in our project.

Please feel free to browse our 'SIBOL' Blog.
We started in 2010 and have now made well over 1,000 Sunshine Blankets.
Every Blanket and Shawl that I have received is showcased on this Blog so if you have time to spare why not have a look? Maybe it will inspire you to make a Blanket for the Elderly.

As you can appreciate recording items, taking photos, getting donations ready for the Homes takes a large amount of time and I decided before Christmas that I needed  a short break to re-charge my batteries. Of course this doesn't stop you from making something and I'll be happy to receive after that date.

If you require further information please pop over to
'SIBOL CHALLENGES'.

I am always available on email
I'm Sue on sueatpigsty@talktalk.net

Thank you!

x Sue x

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Happy Christmas!

Good evening,


May I wish you all a very 
Happy Christmas and New Year.

Thank you all for your wonderful support with the 'SIBOL' project once again this year it is very much appreciated.


x Sue x 

Our Christmas Challenge is now complete. 3 Blankets in this Challenge. 75 Squares from all over the World.  Thank you all so...much!

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Christmas 'SIBOL' Deliveries to the Care Homes.

Good evening and welcome!

The 'SIBOL' project was started in January 2010 in Memory of my Grandmother who lived to the fine age of 103. She was very fortunate indeed she lived in her own little Bungalow in Hockley Heath and she had lots of family and friends visiting her. She knew everything about History and Politics and was so interesting to talk to. She cooked and bathed for herself  and it was always such a pleasure to visit her.

After she sadly passed away I thought I would like to do some Charity work in her Memory, knowing who for wasn't difficult at all. I wanted to make Knitted and Crocheted Blankets for the Elderly in Residential Care/ Nursing Homes.  I realised that there were many not so fortunate as my Grandmother so I asked my friends on-line if they wanted to help me and of course they jumped at the chance of using their skills.

First we collected Squares but it soon became apparent that I couldn't cope with the amount that were coming in to me, so I decided to ask for made up Blankets. The response has been absolutely amazing and since 2010 we have now made 1189 Blankets. We call them 'Sunshine Blankets' because we hope that when a Resident receives one it 'Sends a Ray of Sunshine into their lives' knowing that someone maybe hundreds or even thousands of miles away has been thinking of them. Very often they don't have family visiting  and I thought it would be a nice thing to do for them. We owe such a lot to our older generation and sometimes they are forgotten.

Today is my end of year 'Delivery Day!' I had 62 Sunshine Blankets and 7 Shawls to deliver.
It's always such a joy to take them out to a Home I am always so proud of everyone's work.

After lunch I rang up Oaklands Care Home in Moseley, Birmingham. Sue Baldry is the Manager there and she very kindly agreed to accepting our Sunshine Blankets on behalf of the Residents. The Staff were such lovely Ladies very happy and friendly and they agreed to having their photos taken for me. I do like to show you where I have delivered our Blankets.


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I gave the Home 36 Sunshine Blankets and  7 Shawls. Sue and the Staff absolutely loved your work. They were so grateful to each and everyone of you  and wanted me to send you all a Big Thank you! I think they will be wrapping them up for Christmas Day. Can you imagine what it will be like in their home? I would love to see the Residents faces on receiving their Blankets. A couple of the Homes I visit have done this and it really makes their Christmas special for them.

Thank you Oaklands so much for accepting our work, it was a pleasure to meet you all.

The second Home I chose was a Nursing Home in Wythall, Birmingham.  Once again quite close to my home as I live in Hall Green.  The name of the Home was Glenfield Nursing Home.


Once again the Staff were extremely pleased to receive such beautiful donations and were just so grateful to everyone. I told them about our project and as they have 46 Residents I have promised to go back next year with more so that everyone can receive one. Your Blankets really are such a joy to take out to the Homes each one made in such wonderful colour combinations and the designs are really unique! Great sizes and  they will definitely be brightening the bedrooms up! They always wash so beautifully made in Acrylic yarn and made in bright colours they are easier to see if eye sight is failing.

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(26 Sunshine Blankets).

The Home was really friendly and welcoming situated out in the countryside I had a lovely ride out this afternoon. 

Thank you all so much for donating these Sunshine Blankets and thank you also to the Staff of Glenfield Nursing Home for accepting them I'm sure your Residents will love them.

Once again we have had a massive response this year from all over the world. It always amazes me how supportive you are. To think that you all sit for hours Crocheting or Knitting away and then to send donations to me it really is very kind of you all.

Before I go, I would like to show you Butterflies sent to me from Sally.
As I have said to the Homes we always attach one to our work whether it be a Blanket or a Shawl,
it's a nice finishing touch.

So thank you Sally.

Sally thank you!

Thank you

x Sue x 
Thank you to Anne Murray for this very pretty Blanket.
I shall be delivering it to a Home next year.

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Friday, 27 November 2015

Fly for Peace.

Good afternoon,

I would like to thank Gabriella in (Italy) today for sending me a Blanket on behalf of her Mother Anna Maria. This Blanket is made in very pretty Granny Squares. They are so bright and cheerful and I know a Resident is going to be very pleased to receive it. It's a great size and very neat too.

I really appreciate you sending it all the way from Italy Gabriella and I love the Butterfly and Ribbon which you have attached. We are calling this Blanket 'Fly For Peace' as this Butterfly has made a special journey to me. Let's hope it will bring Peace across the world.

I will take the Blanket to a Home very soon and please thank your Mother for us. It's very kind of both of you.

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My closing date for receiving Sunshine Blankets and Shawls is 30th November 2015. I will be accepting donations again 1st March 2016.

I have a few things going on at home next year I hope that's okay with you all.

Thank you.
I can be contacted on

sueatpigsty@talktalk.net

x Sue x 

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Wednesday's post today.

Good evening,

May I thank Julie today for two beautiful Granny Square Blankets for SIBOL.
Both made in Granny Squares - 1 Large Granny Square and the other in smaller Squares.
Gorgeous colours and great sizes these are going to be perfect for Residents.
Thank you so much for all the time taken on these Blankets Julie you are very kind indeed.


1186 My favourite Square made by Julie thank you.


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1185 One Large Granny made by Julie.


Next we have a Shawl from Liz T and a Sunshine Blanket too! It's called a 'Bit of Colour'.

1187 - Bit of Colour - made by Liz T thank you.


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Thank you Liz - Virus Shawl/


Such pretty colours Liz and a great pattern for the Shawl.
Thank you so much!

x Sue x

P.S No more donations after end of November thank you for this year.