Thursday, 31 July 2014

Making Shawls for the Elderly.

Good Afternoon everyone!

The Homes are always very grateful for the beautiful 'Sunshine Blankets' we donate to them. Recently we have started making Shawls. These are great for just throwing around shoulders when it gets a little chilly. I have lots upstairs but my aim is to give another 20 to a local Home. I have already given 10. I probably need another half a dozen. Would anyone be interested in making one or maybe two if you are at a loose end this Summer?

There are lots of patterns available on the internet especially RAVELRY. Our favourite in the 'SIBOL' Group seems to be

The Original Half Granny Square/Shawl

baw1812  has just made a pretty one on RAVELRY and she has called it the 'Banana Split Shawl'. It's delightful and a very good name! I love it.

Here's the LINK if you would like to pop over and see it.

Thank you very much baw1812!

Enjoy the summer everyone and thank you!

x Sue x 

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Another 'Sunshine Blanket' arrives at 'SIBOL' HQ!

Good Afternoon,

I would like to thank 'Berryqueen' over on RAVELRY for a gorgeous 'Sunshine Blanket'
received at HQ today.  It's made in pretty colours in the good old Granny Square and 'Berryqueen'
has even made a Butterfly which she has attached. I can't thank you enough the Blanket is wonderful.

798 Thank you Berryqueen it's lovely!



Thank you so much once again the Blanket will be loved by an Elderly person.

x Sue x

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

A Letter from one of the Homes I visit.

Hi everyone!

It's always so nice to know that our work is appreciated by the Care Homes I visit and this afternoon I have received a lovely letter from Michele Clarkson at Cole Valley Nursing  Home. If you remember I recently delivered 48 Sunshine Blankets. I thought you might like to read it.

48 Sunshine Blankets ready to go! 'Cole Valley Nursing Home, Birmingham'. 21/07/2014

Dear Sue, 
I would just like to express to sincere thanks of all the residents and staff at Cole Valley Nursing Home for the wonderful gift of 48 beautiful blankets. All of our residents have been able to choose a blanket and many of them were able to express how generous they thought it was for someone to take such trouble to make such thoughtful presents.
They really do brighten up all of the bedrooms and lounges and are being used on a daily basis. 
Many of the residents relatives have commented on how beautiful each blanket is and how much work has gone into each one. 
Many Thanks
Michele Clarkson

Home Manager 

Delivery Day 'Cole Valley Nursing Home', Birmingham . [48]


This email means such a lot to me and I know it will to the other Ladies in the Group. So thank you Michele.

One other bit of news.......Knit Today recently got in touch with me about our Group and I'm waiting to hear when our article will be in the magazine. I'll let you know about that.

Also I am very pleased to be telling you that we have also been featured on the Knitting for website. Here's the LINK Thank you Nicole!

Our recent post on UK Hand Knitting Association has given us lots of hits and I'm really pleased that Ladies have been contacting me through it. Here's the LINK for that one too!

I have said many times how much the Homes love our Blankets so please.....keep them comin!

All details are on HERE

If there is anything at all you would like to ask me please feel free to email me on

I'm Sue 

and we are 'Sending a Ray of Sunshine into the Lives of the Elderly' 
with your help thank you! x

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Crocheted Blankets arrive at HQ!

Good Afternoon to you all!

I am very pleased to be showing you another two super 'Sunshine Blankets' for the Elderly. I would like to thank Axa Purls Knitting Group for the 'centres' and Sally for making the Blankets a reasonable size. Sally very kindly stepped in after my shout out the other day asking for help.

These two Blankets remind me of Vintage Blankets. They are a good size and such pretty colours. With many thanks to everyone involved.

Here they are!



796 With thanks to Axa Purls and Sally.


797 With thanks to Sally and Axa Purls Knitting Group.


I hope they have inspired you to pick up your hooks! I have Care Homes in need of Blankets and if you can help I'd be so happy to accept your donations. Can you imagine how useful Blankets like these would be? It's so nice that as a Group we can be creative but at the same time we are doing something  so worthwhile for the older people in our Community.

We have now reached 'Sunshine Blanket' no 797.

If you think you can help in any way please feel free to email me. 
I'm Sue on

Thanks for your help as usual.

                                                                x Sue x

Friday, 25 July 2014

Busy week!

Good Afternoon to you all!

Thank you for popping into 'SIBOL' this afternoon.

I am very pleased to be telling you that I have just delivered another 6 'Sunshine Blankets' to Ashley Lodge Care Home in Moseley, Birmingham.


The Staff rang me at lunchtime to thank us once again for our beautiful Shawls and Blankets and I'm really pleased that we could help them out with several more.


It's always lovely to be able to obtain a photo of my visit.


The Staff loved our Blankets.
So once again a Big Thank you from Ashley Lodge Care Home and me too!

I am always in need of Blankets and Shawls for the Care Homes. They are always accepted so well and they certainly make a difference to someone. If you think you can help details are on here

My email address is here

I'm Sue

Thank you x

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

More Sunshine Blankets today!

Good Afternoon to you all!

I would like to thank Sue today for 5 beautiful Knitted 'Sunshine Blankets' she has very kindly made for Elderly Residents in Care Homes. These Blankets have been made in great colours some ideal for men Residents too!  Thank you so much for this bumper parcel received today. I love the deep borders on the Blankets they really make the Squares stand out. I know they will be loved.

Sue W thank you for the 5 Sunshine Blankets received today!






Superb! Thank you so much Sue.

I would also like to thank Liztelf for assembling a 'take a bag' for me.
This really has helped.

Joined this way with a flat braiding method it makes the Knitted Squares look so different!
The Border is ideal for the Blanket thank you Liztelf!

Liz Telf thank you for assembling the Squares for me.


I delivered 48 Sunshine Blankets yesterday we have had another 6 come in today.
Thank you all so much for your support.
I hope you have enjoyed looking at the wonderful Blankets today and don't forget to
read about my visit yesterday.

Please do not hesitate to contact me about our Blankets.

I'm Sue

Monday, 21 July 2014

'SIBOL' eye candy!

Hi to you all!

Our Blankets have been delivered today to Cole Valley Nursing Home, Kings Heath, Birmingham.

48 in total thanks to everyone for their support.


Please visit 'SIBOL'.

x Sue x 

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Grannies, Grannies, and more Grannies!

11 'Sunshine Blanket's from the Axa Purls Knitting Group. Many thanks to you all!

Hi everyone!

Today I would like to thank the Axa Purls Knitting Group for their very kind donation of 11 Sunshine Blankets. All made in wonderful Granny Squares they surely are going to be lovely gifts for the Residents in Care Homes.

If you would like to see photos of the Blankets please follow the Link to SIBOL.

Thanks for popping in today!

x Sue x

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Would anyone like to help with Crocheting please for SIBOL?

Hi there,

Just a shout out asking  whether anyone has free time on their hands and would be willing to help out with some Crocheting?

We have some Crocheted Granny Square type  Blankets coming in but they are rather small 24" x 30" ish. Of course they are too small really for the Residents in Homes.
Would anyone be willing to make them into larger blankets for us?

I could arrange to have them sent directly to your address in the UK and then when finished if you could send back to me?

New Ladies are most welcome to help us.

Thanks such a lot.

I'm Sue


Thanks to all who have responded to my 'Shout Out'. We have enough Ladies now thank you Sue x

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Plenty of Sunshine Blankets and Shawls to show you!

Hi everyone!

Please pop over to 'SIBOL' where you can read about my visit to the Knitting Group and I've also had plenty of Sunshine Blankets and Shawls from Myrna.


x Sue x

Monday, 7 July 2014

Sunshine Blankets from Spain.

Good Afternoon,

Please follow the Link to 'SIBOL' to see more of these wonderful 'Sunshine Blankets'.
Thank you Sonieta and Mummy all the way from Spain!


x Sue x

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Sunshine Blankets from Japan.

Hi everyone!

I would like to show you two gorgeous Blankets received today all the way from  Japan. HyotenkaVicky over on RAVELRY sent them to me. I'm sure you will love them I know I do.





I hope they have inspired you to make a Sunshine Blanket for SIBOL.
Please follow the LINK

Thank you very much indeed HyotenkaVicky

x Sue x