A little bit of history

Upgraded to 1.1.3 using Devteam method
Used Bosstools to move apps, ringtones, fonts to media partition to recover space for apps.
Installed new summerboard ver

Installed new themes but they wouldnt appear in summerboard. I then read up that apparently the themes aren't stored in the right place. I found a smb theme fix on installer from a new community sources source Boss something or other. Installed that, ran smbprefs and saw the themes, picked one and installed it. It then went back to the desktop with the swirling icon, which wouldnt disappear! I rebooted the phone saw the apple logo and after a time it rebooted again.

So realising I stuffed up and decided to do a recovery and start from scratch. I used Itunes and iclarified's guide to go back to 1.1.1.

http://www.iclarified.com/entry/index.php?enid=376

After reloading 1.1.1 when I try to get out of recovery mode using Ibrickr the screen goes red as its supposed to but the swirly icon appears on the screen and the phone intermittently vibrates. How I get round this and back to the OS so I can activate and jailbreak the phone? Should I try recovering to 1.1.2 or 1.1.3 then back to 1.1.1 to clear this problem?

I would appreciate any ideas on how to fix my iphone.