Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Sunshine Blankets from the Southbank Village Fair.

Good Morning,

Thanks so much for popping in to 'Mrs Twins ' today.  I am just so excited because I have some wonderful 'Sunshine Blankets' to show you.

If you remember on the 25th and 26th August two of our  SIBOLETTE'S 'Maria-Jesus' and 'PurlyGalore' over on RAVELRY organised the Southbank Village Fair. They belong to the London Knaughty Knitters and they very kindly promoted our 'SIBOL' Group to the many people who visited them that weekend.
If you would like to refresh your memory please follow this Link and read all about the fantastic weekend.
They were very kind to hand out leaflets about our work and also got visitors making SIBOL Butterflies and Squares.

Well......I am very pleased to be telling you that the Group has been very busy assembling all of the Squares for us and today I received 9 Blankets back.  Isn't that amazing? They are so lovely. I can't wait to show you.

First of all I must tell you the Blankets were sent back to me by using the 'Collect +' Courier service. They paid £5.29, which was very reasonable and that was for any parcel up to 10kg (size 60cm x 50cm x 50cm from store to store. It was a very good service indeed.

On Saturday I had an email to say the parcel had been sent and it would take 3 to 5 working days to arrive. Then today at 4.01 I had an email to say it was at the store.  So at 5.50pm I picked it up.


The box was quite heavy but I parked in front of the shop so it wasn't difficult. I'm getting quite friendly with the man in there now and even said 'Bye Susan!' A new friend for me :)! Mind you I was a little embarrassed to show him my Drivers Licence which was falling apart. He said it's like mine! :) 

I got back home and first of all put my shopping away and as tea was cooking I started to open the box.
Goodness me the box was full to the brim! How exciting!


Wow! What a wonderful Blanket I thought. Superb! I couldn't wait to see what else was in the box. Blankets, Bags of Butterflies and a Letter too. I had to take the Blankets out of the box and have a  quick look. What a lot of work must have gone in to the making of these Blankets! I piled them high on to my corner tables and went upstairs to get down my box of Ribbon. I had such fun finding the right colour for them. 


(Just noticed phone charger - right :)

As well as the Blankets were bags and bags of Butterflies, but what else did I find? A gift for me! Inside was this.


It's the Butterfly Garland that Maria-Jesus and PurlyGalore made ready for the fair. Isn't it lovely?
So pretty all the gorgeous colours. I love it thank you so much.

Another Bag of Butterflies that they had made which will be really useful thank you.


I would also like to thank 'deeliciously' over on RAVELRY for making these ones too! They really will be very useful for our Blankets many thanks. 

deeliciously (RAVELRY) made these Butterflies for SIBOL. Thank you!

Butterflies are so useful for our Blankets and if you would like to have a go at making them please follow this Link to Netties Blog in Australia. There is a great video tutorial and it's very easy to follow.

The girls in the Group spent a nice morning packing the Blankets up and writing the story behind each one of them. It was a very good idea to attach a little note to each Blanket.  I'm sure the Elderly and Staff in the Homes are going to love reading about them.  Everyone in the Group contributed and it's amazing to see that all the Blankets are made from simple squares, and all have their own personalities! 

It's 11.35 now and I'm off to bed. Tomorrow I will start working through the Blankets and taking photos for you.


I've had lots of fun this morning taking photos of the beautiful Blankets that have arrived at SIBOL HQ. I'm also very pleased to say that names have been chosen too. So let's take a look at them now.

First of all we have 'Strictly Peachy' this was assembled by 'Jaibee007' Julie while she watched 'Strictly' on TV. I love the colour combinations in this Blanket. I think the Ribbon finishes it off well. The colours are her favourite and she learnt to crochet with this Blanket while watching 'Strictly Come Dancing!' She enjoys challenging herself I am told. Thank you very much Julie. The Blanket is beautiful. I'm sure an Elderly person is really going to enjoy it.



(Colours are better first photo sorry about that Julie). Thank you.

Next we have  'Christmas Everyday!' assembled by PurlyGalore thank you! It's gorgeous!



This Blanket was the very first one to be made by the London Knaughty Knitters Group. It was displayed and admired at the Southbank Village Fair in London during the August Bank Holiday. It was assembled by Maria. She loved putting the colours together, so bright and cheerful. It reminds them of a sunny Christmas Day.
It surely does and Christmas is not too far away either! Thank you so much. 

Another superb Blanket and this one is called 'Midnight Poppies' and the Squares were made by all the people who stopped by to knit with the Group. It was assembled by Maria-Jesus, one of the founding members of the London Knaughty Knitters. She loves strong and happy colours to match her bubbly personality.

I think this one is my favourite, but you know I love them all. Appropriate for this time of year approaching Remembrance Day.

Superb Blanket, really striking. Another winner for the Elderly. Thank you!



This Blanket called 'African Pond' is made with the famous African Flower Square. It's been assembled by PurlyGalore and in fact I think I'm going to have the Square as a Challenge next year. This Blanket is made in gorgeous colours and I particularly like the border on it. Really finishes it off beautifully. PurlyGalore is Spanish and also a member of the London Knaughty Knitters Group. She loves all shades of blue, green and teal. She tells me she particular enjoyed making the border, her first crochet edge! So well done to you! No I'm sorry you can't keep it, I know you love it. It's off to our Elderly folk in Birmingham! :)  I know they will admire it. Thank you for the time taken on this one.



So pretty! 

Now we have 'Whimsical Wales' assembled by 'Curlycroeso' Gillian from Wales. Gillian chose this quirky mix of colours and transformed them into a beautiful Blanket. Everyone in the Group love this Blanket and actually it's made in my Mothers' favourite colours. Gillian is always hunting for unusual yarn and shops in her native Wales and wherever she goes on holiday. Don't we all?  

Let's take a look at it.



It really is gorgeous Gillian thank you so much for the time and effort put into the Blanket.

We have 9 in total, let's take a look at the next one.

It's called 'Betty's Beauty'. Most of the Squares were knitted by Pam, nicknamed 'The Knitting Machine!'. I wonder why? I can imagine. Do you keep churning out Knitting Pam? This one was assembled by Betty, one of the Ladies in the LKK Group. Betty 'Heath' is a very experienced member of the Group. Well I think you have both done an amazing job of this Blanket. The Squares are made in pretty colours Pam and Betty thank you for assembling it. The joining colour is perfect. Another stunning Blanket. 

A great name too, thank you for choosing it.



'Rock Pools' is next and was assembled by PurlyGalore. I love the colour combinations in this Blanket. The orange joining is perfect really shows the Squares off. A great name too I must say. Golly these Blankets are stunning. I do hope I am getting everything right for you all. It's taking a long time to take photos and Blog. But of course it took you a lot longer making these Blankets up. You well and truly have had the 'SIBOL' experience!

PurlyGalore loves mixing bright colours with darker colours. She thought that she would join the Squares in orange to make the Squares 'pop'. Well you certainly have achieved this thank you.  The central Square was made by Dee 'Deeliciously'  who learnt to crochet by making their Squares. 



Lovely isn't it? Thank you.

We are getting down them now. Next is 'Beryl's Blues'. A great name once again. This was assembled by Beryl 'Lyrebknit' one of the most experienced members in the LKK Group. They are also her favourite colours.  Thanks to Pam nicknamed 'The Knitting Machine' and mum of one of their members, Jo, who knitted the Squares. Absolutely perfect. Thank you. Let's take a look at it now. These photos take ages to load up. I'm skipping between Flickr and the SIBOL Blog. Writing a bit here and there while doing so. 



The final Blanket is called 'Little Pony'. Assembled by Maria-Jesus this is another wonderful Blanket. They are all so different that's what I love about them. This one is made in her favourite colours. The Squares were once again made by the pubic at the fair. They had lots of fun at the event and this Blanket is full of happy memories.

577 'Little Pony' assembled by Maria-Jesus The London Knaughty Knitters Group. Thank you!


These Squares are so good together. Another really pretty piece of work. A pleasure to receive thank you.

Well in finishing I do hope I have put everything in the right order for the Ladies in the London Knaughty Knitters Group. Please let me know if there is any problem.

Over the next few weeks I am going to visit a Local Home. I am planning to take 24 of our Sunshine Blankets and these 9 Blankets will help me towards getting enough. I am very grateful to you all for making such beautiful Squares and Blankets. Not to mention the pretty Butterflies too.

In particular many thanks to Maria-Jesus and PurlyGalore for promoting our Group at the Southbank Village Fair, I realise you have been flat out over the past few months. A big thank you from everyone involved at SIBOL. To these people too!


All Ladies on RAVELRY. 

Well that's it now. I'll leave you with some photos I took in the conservatory this morning.

Created with flickr slideshow.

Before I go I would just like to add that Maria-Jesus and PurlyGalore would like to thank everyone who contributed to the Blankets, whether they made Squares, assembled Blankets or in fact had a go at the Butterflies.
They are very grateful to everyone's support thank you. Also for anyone else visiting their Stall, they really enjoyed meeting everyone.

Their materials were sponsored by the Southbank Centre and the UK Handknitting Association, for which they  are very grateful. Thank you.

x Sue x 

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