07 Jan

Sunshine International Blankets of Love

What better way to kick-start a brand new year than by using your craft skills to make a difference?

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to do a bit of charity work, then sign yourself up to the Sunshine International Blankets of Love project, which is dedicated to knitting and crocheting throws for elderly people in the UK.

Set up by Sue in 2010 in memory of her grandmother, the project calls for arts and crafts fans to knit or crochet 6x6” straight-edged squares in any design or colour and send them in to Sue (known as the Queen of SIBOL!), with all Sunshine Blankets then being donated to nursing homes around the country.

There are also a set of challenges set out for 2013, where crafters are called on to make a blanket or squares along a set theme, such as gardening, fruit and vegetables or wartime.

If you’d like to get involved, pick up your needles and hooks! You can also follow the group’s activities on Ravelry or Flickr, where there are lots of great pictures of the blankets that have been stitched.

And, if you get yourself a copy of issue 25 of Simply Homemade (out in shops right now!), you’ll find a fab tutorial by Sally Shepherd for crocheting your own granny square blanket, so why not have a go and donate your handiwork to SIBOL?

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