Bye for now,
Bye for now,
In January 2010 I thought I would like to start making Blankets for the Elderly. This would be in Memory of my Grandmother who lived to the age of 103, amazing! She was very fortunate, she lived in good health and very independently on her own in a Bungalow. She cooked and cleaned for herself and had lots of visitors.
I thought the world of her. But I realise there are many Elderly people who aren't so lucky. They are very often in ill-health and in Nursing Homes, sitting for hours not having visitors because families these days lead very busy lives and time is limited for them. It is to these people that our 'Sunshine Blankets' are aimed at. Hoping that a gift of a hand-made Blanket would be like sending a ray of sunshine into their lives, giving them Love and Warmth knowing that Ladies all over the World have been thinking of them.
I asked my on-line Friends on Flickr and my blog 'Mrs Twins' if they would like to help me by sending me 6" x 6" Crocheted or Knitted Squares. Well soon after the Squares started coming in from the USA and then
Europe. I originally had 6 Blankets in mind and I am now finishing off my 52nd!
Then in February 2010 I created the SIBOL web-site. With the help of my Friends all over the World we jointly thought of the SIBOL name 'Sunshine International Blankets of Love'. Just before Christmas I hand
delivered 44 of our 'Sunshine Blankets' to Elderly people in Nursing Homes in the UK.
It was such a pleasure to meet them and to be able to hand deliver personally one of our Blankets was just wonderful. It certainly did bring a smile to their faces and actually it is quite a talking point in the Nursing Homes amongst them.
I have now around 90 Ladies all over the World who have sent me Squares, in 19 countries. Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA, and Europe. The Squares have been absolutely amazing. This is not only helping the Elderly, it is such a wonderful Group to belong to. We share patterns, help each other with ideas and generally have a laugh. We also have monthly Challenges, this is such fun because it gives us ideas of what Squares to make and it brings the Squares in to me.
When the Squares arrive at my hone I log them all, make a visual record on Flickr and then thank everyone on SIBOL, making the sender their own Slide Show! Then hopefully it's not too long before they see their Square in one of our Sunshine Blankets.www.flickr.com/photos/sues_tavourite_things (Flickr)www.sunshineinternationalblanketsoflove.blogspot.com (SIBOL)www.suesfavouritethings.blogspot.com (Mrs Twins)www.sibolchallenges.blogspot.com (Challenges)
If anyone is interested I require
6" x 6" (15cms x 15cms)
Crocheted or Knitted Squares
Acrylic if possible
or of course you can take part in the Challenges.http://www.flickr.com/photos/sues_favourite_things/sets/72157623895296510/
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