Friday, November 26, 2010


Since the Stouffville meeting started, each month a new member joined us. This gives me a really good feeling that we are going to have a great group of women, working on all different project for our winter drive.
This winter we will be working on large Afghans for most of the charities we donate to. So if you like making Afghans and would like to help, we need about 30 large Afghans for twin beds. This winter we donated 15 to Pathways and Yellow Brick House.
Here are all the beautiful stuff collected from our Stouffville meeting.

Sue stared this blanket at the October meeting and here it is finished. Sue it is gorgeous!!

Lots of mitts dropped off by Sue Atkinson and she may join us one day.

This is one of Tracy's many blankets. This one I love the colours and this pattern too!!!

Here is a fleece blanket.

And this one was crocheted on the diagonal. Love it.

Madge is working on an Afghan, almost finish and looking amazing.

Jennifer join us at the last meeting and was learning to crochet. I think she will learn pretty quick.

Barb is at the end of her Afghan and it is looking gorgeous too.

Also some hats dropped off from the women from the stouffville Anglican Church.

And Donna has been crocheting up a storm, two baby blankets and a beautiful baby jacket.

Another blanket from Donna.

Here is Sandy, working on a baby blanket.

Siobhan is showing a beautiful hat and scarf set.

And here is Pat, this blanket is gorgeous, i love the colours.

And another,

This is so cute!!

A couple of blankets from me.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


I found the pattern on UTube, while looking for another pattern and could not wait to start it. I started this a couple a night ago and it work up pretty fast and it is so easy!!
For those of you who would like the pattern, you can find it here.

hope you enjoy crocheting this pattern as much I am.


Tuesday November 16, Siobhan and I visited the Pregnancy center to deliver our donations.
The Pregnancy Centre is a organization in Markham, their goal is to provide support and assistance during an unplanned pregnancy.

Here you can see Siobhan and Janice looking at some of the baby clothing and blankets, our members made especially for their organization.

Janice mentioned to us that they also have a program, for adopting a family for Christmas. You can contact the pregnancy centre for more info.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Yellow Brick House visit

Thanks this time to Tracy and Liz for taking our donation to Yellow Brick House.

Yellow Brick House is another organization we have been donating to since Casting Off the Cold began in 2006. It serves the needs of abused women and their children who need a place to stay to rebuild their lives after leaving difficult and abusive family situations.

Our donation of 4 bags stuffed full. Sally certainly does know how to pack them in!

Tracy reported that they always need blankets and sweaters as well as clothing for all ages from babies to women's sizes. It will give those of us who want to try something different a chance to knit or crochet a sweater or some of those really cute baby clothes!

Liz with Sarah from Yellow Brick House.
2010 has been a great year for us to learn more about the organizations we support, meet the people who work there and even some of the people who will benefit from our donations. We have a much better idea of what they all need and will be able to give our members a wide choice of projects to craft, knowing that they will all be appreciated. Keep those hooks and needles busy, everyone!

Pathways Donation

Some of our members had a very busy week traveling around Markham!

Siobhan and Sally dropped our donation off at Pathways. This year Casting Off the Cold is helping the Youth Transition Apartments program, providing blankets and afghans for the beds, and hats, scarves, mitts and socks for the young people living in the apartments. Some of the items will also go to their youth drop-in centre.

Siobhan and Kelly taking a look at some of the blankets and other items. Pathways gave us a list of what they really needed, and, with a little extra time put in to finish a few blankets, we managed to fill every request!

Again, thanks to our members for making it possible to give such beautiful items crafted with real care. We'll have the 'wish lists' for next year out shortly!

Evergreen Donation

'Tis the season for keeping people warm!

Our super-crocheter, Tracy, was involved in an initiative at her workplace to collect coats and other warm clothing for Evergreen, a program of the Yonge Street Mission. It is directed toward homeless youth in the city, giving them a place to sleep, a good meal and some warm clothing in the winter, as well as continuing help including employment services.

Tracy and members of her work committee with our donation before it was delivered to the Mission.

We donated 42 hat and scarf sets and received wonderful letters of appreciation from both Evergreen and Tracy's employer. Thanks to all of our members who made even one hat or one scarf this year - every one counts!

Sunday, November 7, 2010


November Markham meeting had a great turn out and we collected quite a few items. As usual I panic that we will not have enough to distribute to all of our Charities. But it worked! We made it lots of baby blankets, afghans and hats and scarves to add to the bags.
The group has been working diligently to make this happen and I have to thank the them for being so patient with me.
November the 9th and 10th we will be donating to Pathways and the Yellow Brick House. Here are some of the items that will be going to those causes.

These three blankets are from Kaysi, I must say I have not seen any one learn a craft so quickly. Any stitch I show her, its a natural to her. Good job Kaysi!

Lots and lots of hat and scarf sets from Bev and friends.

Also quite a few extra hats.

Here I am showing this large colourful Afghan, I used seventeen different colours to make it up. The pattern is by Teresa from the art of crocheting.

And here is another, and this one will be donated to Pathways.

This baby blanket I used the crazy stitch, I went on line to find the stitch and all I could find was the version using a three Double crochet cluster and I wanted a two double crochet cluster. Could not find it any where. Well I had to figure it out myself!! And Imade two hats with the same patterns!

Another blanket using the cross stitch from me.

Beautiful scarves from Paramjet and two baby blankets,

this one is so soft!

These are some squares that were given to her and I love the way she put them together.

And here is another one.

The famous mitts from Liz.

And Margaret showing one of her beautiful scarves,and on the table a few more with a baby blanket.

Monica; you love this, it looks great on you.

Here is one of the Afghans for Pathways, and Monica made the dead line, and what a great job she did. Thank you Monica!

Some hats and scarves from Nayana,
and a bereavement blanket.
we will not be seeing Nayana for a while, she is off to India.

Well Jane you have done it again, Lovely
Here is Jane holding a hat and scarf.

Pavan also received some squares to put together, and here they are, they look great!

Well,Barb also had to put some squares together, love the colours. Barb it is great, you do a great job putting squares together.

And here is Tracy who also crocheted an Afghan for Pathways,
she crocheted large squares and put them together, and you cannot see any line in this one. Great job Tracy.
More blankets on the table, they are all gorgeous!

Another set of squares to put together by Madge.
And it looks great too!

Here is Pat, showing a side of sock she is working on. And on the table hats, scarves,

and some socks, which will be going to Pathways.

These two Afghans are from Maria,
what beauitful colours.They will also go to Pathways.