Wednesday 31 October 2012

Our Owl Challenge is finished!

Good Morning and Welcome to 'Mrs Twins',

I am very pleased to be showing you 'Twit-Twoo!' - Owl Challenge.

I am very grateful for all of the Squares that I have received for this particular Blanket.  The Owls that have flown in from all corners of the World are absolutely beautiful. Our friends in the States, Europe and the UK have once again used their creativity to make these wonderful Squares.  That's what I like about SIBOL - It's a place to show our creativity off. We work very hard for the Elderly making these 'unique Sunshine Blankets' and I know they are all so well received but it's also the fun that we have putting them together. Sharing ideas, showing photos of what we have achieved and most importantly the friendship that we share amongst ourselves.  I always welcome new members to our Group too, so please don't be shy pop over on the link at the top of the page. We really want lots of new members to join us, so that when we start our Challenges very soon we will have lots of new friends to share the fun.

I particularly like the 'picture Square' Sunshine Blankets. Yes it is interesting to see what we can come up with, but the Elderly in the Homes really enjoy receiving them too. It's a talking point for them. Last Christmas I delivered around 20 picture Square Blankets to a Home in Olton near to where I live. Each one of the Residents received one on Christmas Day. Can you imagine what they spoke about all day long? Yes our Blankets. They  really are beautiful when finished.

I have two Challenge Blankets left now, the Musical and Irish Rose. I hope to get these finished 'very soon!'.

Let's take a look at our cute Owls now!

Thanks everyone for sending them across the miles!

Thanks everyone for these amazing Squares!

I hope you like it, thanks everyone!
x Sue

Gypsy Bloom and Marion's Garden.

Good Morning,

A busy morning taking photos today.  I have two new 'Sunshine Blankets' arriving at 'Two Times' today. They have been made up by 'The Wool Stop'.
I would like to thank everyone for sending in the Squares for these Blankets.
First of all we have 'Marion's Garden'. 'jean nock' very kindly sent in the Squares for this pretty Blanket. I know you will love it!


The Flower Squares are superb 'jean nock' thank you!

Then we have 'Gypsy Bloom'. These Granny Squares are just so pretty also!
Thanks to 'Jean' for the Squares.

Thanks to 'The Wool Stop' for making up. Thanks everyone for the Squares!

I think the pink yarn really shows these Squares off well. Do you like them? I hope so!
Let's take a look closer now in the Slide Show I have made for you.

The Wool Stop - Thank you!

What pretty Roses too to compliment our 'Sunshine Blankets!' Thank you! 'The Wool Stop' your work is so lovely!

Thank you so much 'The Wool Stop' for assembling these Blankets so nicely. I love them.
Thanks for visiting today!

x Sue x

Tuesday 30 October 2012

'Fireworks Surprise!'.

Good Afternoon,

First of all I hope our friends in the States are keeping safe. Our thoughts are with you all from your friends here in the UK and other parts of the World.
I couldn't wait to come out and play today I have a beautiful blanket to show you. Good job those chores are done now so I can spend time with my 'beloved SIBOL!'.
A big thank you goes out today to 'jenn1feranne' over on RAVELRY. In the post this morning I have received 'a work of art'. jenn1feranne' has made a blanket called 'Fireworks Surprise!'. The blanket you are about to see is full of 'colour explosion'. The first thing I thought of without even reading the card was 'Fireworks!'.  The colour pops out at you.

The pattern is found on RAVELRY as a free download so why not pop over and have a look at it. It is actually called 'Firework Surprise' and it has been designed by Amy Schwab who lives in Canada.

'jenn1feranne' has had a few projects on the go at the same time I add. I really don't know how she finds the time to contribute to SIBOL and make her own personal projects. If you want to see her beautiful work then please pop over to her RAVELRY page.
I know I'm keeping you waiting sorry!!!!  Here we go.

May I introduce to you 'SIBOL 302' - 'Fireworks Surprise!'

This blanket was made and donated by 'jenn1feranne' (RAV). Thank you so much! It's absolutely gorgeous!

The blanket was started with scaps of yarn 'jenn1feranne' told me. I love the colours in this blanket. I was trying to pick out my favourite square earlier, but that's impossible they are all so wonderful.

Mr. Twins said this morning when this blanket arrived. 'It's really nice to receive the squares but when someone has sat down and made a whole blanket it's really so....kind!' I totally agree with him. He takes as much interest in SIBOL as I do now! I really don't know how you have made this blanket because I know you have other personal projects on the go too. Your hook must be smoking!!

I have made a Slide Show for you now. Have you a cup of tea ready 'jenn1feranne?' Sit back now and view your amazing work. Thank you so much. One Elderly person is going to be absolutely over the moon  receiving this beautiful blanket and it is so warm too.  I love it!

Thanks for visiting 'Mrs Twins' today!

x Sue x

Monday 29 October 2012

Snowmen pop in to say hello!

Good Afternoon,

It was November last year that we made our first 'Snowman Blanket'. Do you remember it?

`Please add note' if you see your Square Ladies! Thank you very much mandas' challenges and to everyone who has contributed Squares for this 'Snowman Challenge'

'Frosty and Friends' made by Amanda.

We had Squares arrive but we didn't have quite enough to make a 2nd Blanket, so this year I have been collecting for the 2nd one. Once again you  have  let your 'creativity' shine through. It always amazes me when I receive your Squares. Let's take a look at them.
Thanks to everyone who contributed Squares for this Challenge.

I know my usual border again, but I do love it. I used a blue and white variegated yarn I think it was 'Paton's yarn which I love mixed in with a white yarn. I wanted to give it an icy blue feel to it.  I had two Squares which I didn't have room for unfortunately but I am going to hang these on to the Blanket when I deliver it.

301 'Snowman Challenge'

I tried to pick up the border from the middle Square which was the variegated blue and white too. On the white Square which I received from Kay in the States, I put blue and white variegated around the edges and I hope you don't mind Kay I added a Snowflake from Lucy's Attic 24!  So easy peasy!  Can you spot the 2 Snow Butterflies? There they are amongst the Snowmen!  Our friend Nettie supplies the You Tube tutorial for those. Why not pop over and while you are over there make some for SIBOL!
I'm really pleased with this Blanket and I would like to thank everyone for their wonderful support once again!
I'll leave you with my Slide Show!

Thanks for visiting 'Mrs Twins' today!  I hope you like the Snowman Blanket.

x Sue x

Thank you!

x Sue x

Friday 26 October 2012

Heart Challenge.

Good Evening,

I am very pleased to be telling you that we have now reached our 300th 'Sunshine Blanket'. What an achievement!  When I started this project I thought of making 6! Now  I have just loaded up our 300th!

I have spent the majority of the day taking photos for loading up on to Flickr and the SIBOL Blog. I am pretty tired now, but my work must be done today!

On Friday I met up with Pippa who gave me three bags full of 'SIBOL' goodies and I have just managed this evening to post everything on here for you.  So 'please' go back previous posts and view our new Blankets.

I would like to thank Chalky, Pippa and 'jean nock' for their help.

Our 300th Blanket is for the 'Heart Challenge'. Do you remember the one I made a while back? Here it is.

'One Heart From Around The World' Challenge. Thanks everyone great Squares! 'Warming Hearts!' thanks Ellen x

It was called 'One Heart From Around The World' and Luna supplied the Heart diagram. I have it still if anyone wants to try it out.

The second Heart Blanket has a variety of Hearts and I love the colours in them. Thank you so much 'jean nock' for your help assembling this one.  'jean nock' has been very helpful to me. In fact she was the first 'SIBOLETTE' to offer to give me a hand. Always very keen to take 25 Squares off me but now I won't have any more Squares until the New Year. Thank you very much for your kind help.

Heart Challenge is finished thanks to 'jean nock' for assembling.

Such amazing Squares in this Blanket 'as usual!'

Let's take a look at the Slide Show now.
Pretty Blanket isn't it?
I have a lot to show you today, please scroll down and look at what's new!

Created with flickr slideshow.

x Sue x

Beautiful Blankets to show you!

Hello everyone!

Good Evening to you all!

Some weeks ago 'Pippa' went down to Devon to meet up with Chalky from the MSE Knitting Forum. Chalky very kindly offered to make up 100 Squares for me so  I gave the Squares to Pippa ''to hand-deliver' and a few weeks ago when Pippa went down there again on holiday she once again met up with Chalky who handed the Blankets back.


Chalky has assembled the Knitted Squares so beautifully. She has edged all the Squares in cream which really makes the Squares come alive! I really love these Blankets and I am terribly grateful to her.




Names please Ladies?

This Blanket was made and donated by 'Chalky'.  I absolutely love it. Thank you so much. A complete surprise!

Thank you so much for this gorgeous Blanket.

Not only did I receive beautiful Blankets, Chalky also sent a Butterfly, some ribbons and a jar of 'Churchyard Chutney!' How kind!


Chalky put the Blankets together so quickly too! They surely are going to be giving our Elderly folk
some comfort this Winter as I am due to go out on my Blanket Deliveries mid-November.

Why not pop over to Chalky's Blog and say hello!

Thank you Chalky! I've made a Slide Show for you!
x Sue x

Created with flickr slideshow.

x Sue x

SIBOL's 293 & 294!

Hello everyone!
Pippa  has been assembling 'take a bags' for me. This has really helped me over the past few months and I am very grateful to her.  Yesterday I collected two Blankets which she had finished and I would now like to show you.

Thanks to everyone who contributed Squares for this Blanket.

Thanks to everyone who sent in Squares for this Blanket.

Aren't they absolutely gorgeous? My favourite edging on the bottom one. Lovely Squares, lovely colours!

I've put the two Blankets in a combined Slide Show. Why not sit back and enjoy! Thanks to Pippa and everyone else that has contributed to these Blankets.

Thanks for visiting 'Mrs Twins' today!

x Sue x

Wednesday 24 October 2012

A work of art.

Good Afternoon and thanks for visiting 'Mrs Twins'  today!

What a surprise!  A beautiful Blanket made and donated by joyce28.
Look at the fantastic colours! This surely is a stunner.

I had no idea joyce28 was making a Blanket for 'SIBOL' and I am terribly grateful for this
lovely piece of work.What a great combination of colours, it is absolutely superb! The Elderly
are going to love this Blanket when I deliver in November.


I have made a Slide Show for you joyce28! Sit back and enjoy. Thank you so much for this fantastic Blanket. It is so pretty!

We are getting near to 300 now! Thank you!

x Sue x

Thursday 18 October 2012

Two new Blankets today!

Good Morning to you!

I am inviting you to join our SIBOL GROUP ON RAVELRY!
I'm very happy to be showing you our 'Faces Blanket' today. This really was an interesting Challenge and once again we have had a great variety of Squares. Thank you so much to everyone that has contributed to this particular Challenge.

Thanks to everyone who contributed Squares for this particular Challenge.

Here's my Slide Show.

Created with flickr slideshow.

I hope you like it!

I am also very grateful to 'insearchofme' over on the MSE Knitting Forum. She kindly offered to 'take a bag' of 25 Squares for me and the finished Blanket is so beautiful. It really is a striking Blanket I absolutely love it. Thank you to everyone that has contributed Squares for this particular Blanket too! Another stunning Blanket for our Nursing Homes.

Thanks to 'insearchofme' for assembling. Thanks to everyone for the Squares!

I particularly like the Butterflies attached to the corners, a great idea!
'insearchofme' has made up 4 Blankets for me, and I am terribly grateful to you. Thank you!

I've made a Slide Show for you! Sit back now and enjoy!

Thanks to everyone that has contributed Squares and indeed Blankets to 'SIBOL'.  All being well I am off to Sutton Coldfield on Friday to deliver 20 Blankets. Then I shall be going back out again towards the end of November with our final delivery of Blankets for the year.  I am terribly grateful to everyone that has supported 'SIBOL'.

If there is anything you would like to know about any of our Blankets, or anything you would like to know about joining our Group, please contact me Sue on

Thank you!
x Sue x

Saturday 13 October 2012

Our 290th SIBOL!

Good Morning everyone!

 I would like to thank 'Ginnyknit' on MSE for assembling this Knitted Blanket for me. It really is lovely. Ginnyknit very kindly offered to make a bag up of 25 Squares  for me and this morning I received it back. I would also like to thank everyone who contributed Squares for this particular Blanket.

Let's take a look now!


Created with flickr slideshow.
A very pretty Blanket for the Elderly once again!
Thanks for stopping by!
x Sue x

Thursday 11 October 2012

Three gorgeous Blankets to show you!

Good Morning!

I am very happy to be showcasing three Blankets today which have been assembled by 'insearchofme' over on the MSE Knitting Forum.

The Blankets arrived this morning and they are just so pretty. Great Squares, great colours, great borders! I would like to thank 'insearchofme' for offering to make up some Blankets for me this certainly has helped me.
Let's take a look at the first one.

Thanks to evreryone who contributed Squares for this Blanket. Thank you to 'insearchofme' for assembling too!

 Mostly Granny Squares, look how well they all go together! Superb!

The second one - Great blues in this one!


The third one - so bright and cheerful! Love them all, thank you so much 'insearchofme'. You have put together some stunning Blankets for 'SIBOL!'.


I've made a combined Slide Show. Why not take a few minutes to view our gorgeous Blankets once again!

Created with flickr slideshow.

Notice the Butterfly Square? Lovely.
x Sue x

Tuesday 9 October 2012

Recalling Nursery Rhymes!

Good Afternoon everyone!

It's nice to make something that brings back memories of childhood.
and our 'SIBOL' Group has done just that.

We have made a Nursey Rhyme Blanket

Thanks to everyone that contributed Squares for this particular theme.
They have all been wonderful.

Great Squares so...interesting!

Created with flickr slideshow.

What a talented Group we are! Thank you!

x Sue cx

Monday 8 October 2012

Blankets fly in from Belgium!

Good afternoon and Welcome!

I am very pleased to be showcasing two beautiful blankets that have come all the way from Belgium. These two blankets are from Tinka. They have been made beautifully and so different from each other.

I'm going to let you read what Tinka wrote in her letter to me.

'Here are two blankets I made for SIBOL. The one with Flowers I called 'Flower Burst', after the pattern's name and the other with grey and red I called, "Klokke Roeland". I think this needs some explanation Klokke Roeland (Clock Rooland) is a famous clock of the Belfrey of Gent. There is even a song about it. I made this blanket with gifted yarn of my friend Zetty and crocheted it in Memory of Mark, her Husband. They were both friends of us, sadly Mark died of Cancer 2 years ago. He was a proud citizen of the town Gent. I couldn't imagine a better name for this blanket."

I love both of the blankets Tinka. 'Klokke Roeland' has unusual colour combinations which work so well together and it's our faithful Granny Square too which makes this blanket so ....special.  What a wonderful thing to do in Mark's Memory. I'm sure Zetty is really going to be touched by this wonderful thought.

A beautiful Granny Square Blanket made in a wonderful combination of colours!

A great blanket for a man. Thank you.

The other blanket that Tinka made is so pretty and really suitable for a Lady.  It's called 'Flower Burst'. What wonderful Squares.

What a gorgeous Blanket!

I do love the colours and indeed the pattern. The border finishes it off so well. Another gorgeous blanket.

Would you like to see more of these two blankets? Here's my Slide Show!

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Thank you very much indeed Tinka I know these blankets are going to be so loved!

x Sue x

Wednesday 3 October 2012

Our 200th Blanket 'Grandma Button'.

Good Morning and welcome to 'Mrs Twins',

Our 200th SIBOL. Thank you!

I'm very happy today to be showing you our 200th SIBOL Blanket. As we were approaching our 200th Blanket I asked Ladies on RAVELRY if they had an ideas of how we could celebrate. Craftymizz suggested that we make a Blanket using inspiration from my Grandmother. As you know my 'SIBOL' project was started in her Memory.

I wrote a text and posted it on RAVERLY. It read.........

"She lived in a Bungalow at Hockley Heath, Solihull. She had three boys, Geoff, Frank, Little Derek who passed away when he was 6 sadly. Then there was my Auntie, and of course my Mother Alice.

She was marvellous. She cooked a British Traditional Dinner every day up until the day she passed away. She loved Kidney Beans, Runner Beans, other veg and of course Meat and Potatoes. She cooked every day herself without fail.

She cared for herself too up until the day we found her.

She loved listening to her radio, watching tv for the news.

Loved Aston Villa Football Club and in fact there were many disagreements because my family loved Birmingham City Football Club. As they were both local clubs of course there was competition.

My nephew George called her ‘Grandma Button’ because he loved playing with her buttons. In fact I have some Bottle Green ones here still.

She knew everything about History, well let’s face it living that long she certainly had gone through events. Often talked about the Wars and the poor Soldiers. Absolutely loved Churchill and the Royal Family. Also loved Politics.

She loved reading cowboy stories I would often go to the library to fetch her ‘large text’ books for her. Would often go and have a game of Whist at Lapworth. Her favourite flowers were red roses which were grown at her old cottage, daffodils and forget me nots. Loved growing vegetables of all sorts in her small back yard.

Years ago she would knit socks and loved receiving my crocheted green and granny square cushions. She would toast slices of crusty bread in front of her open fire, and then the butter would just melt off them. Oh how I long for some!

At Christmas she would lay her table with sandwiches, pork pie, christmas cake , trifle and after tea my Dad, Uncle, Mr. T, and Kevin my brother would have a game of cards.

Favourite colours were Green and Navy.

Most of all she loved her family not to mention the great grandchildren."

Sadly missed. x

It always amazes me how soon Squares start coming in when I announce a Challenge.  The Ladies in our 'SIBOL' Group read this text and soon after they started using their Knitting and Crocheting Skills to make these wonderful Squares, really taking on board what I had mentioned.

I would like to thank everyone who took part in making this special Blanket. It certainly was a pleasure to assemble each and every Square and while putting it together I sat and remembered my Grandmother fondly.

Thanks to everyone who contributed Squares for this Blanket. They are amazing!

Last night I took the Blanket round to my Mother's house to show her. She loved the Blanket and wanted me to thank you all very much indeed.  I have named the Blanket 'Grandma Button'. My nephew and niece always called my Grandmother this because they loved playing with her buttons.

I'll leave you now with my very special Slide Show!

Thank you so....much!

x Sue x

Created with flickr slideshow.

Tuesday 2 October 2012

Autumny Blankets arrive!

Hi everyone!

I'm very pleased to be showing you two Blankets which have arrived this morning. 'The Wool Stop' has very kindly assembled two bags of Squares for me. One was a bag of plain coloured Squares which I'm sure you will agree have come together so...well, and the other was really a bag of mixed Squares. But once again the Blanket is superb. I think both bags of Squares have a warm glow to them, a proper Autumny feel.

Let's take a look at both Blankets now.

Thanks to 'The Wool Stop' for assembling. Thanks to everyone for contributing Squares.

Thanks to 'The Wool Stop' for assembling this Blanket. Thanks to everyone for contributing these Squares!

Thank you so much 'The Wool Stop'. Now let's have a look at my Slide Show.

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The Squares in these Blankets are once again so lovely and I would like to thank everyone for sending them to me. Thank you 'The Wool Stop' too!

x Sue x