Sunday, February 26, 2012


I cannot complain this winter at all! We have had the best winter ever !! I love it this way, easy to get around and you don't need a heavy winter coat. You can feel that spring is just around the corner and because of that we have had full group meetings every time. More new members joining and more donation coming in.
We are still looking for a venue in Richmond Hill, so we can start up again there. If any one could let us know of a place that we can use for a couple of hours, once a month, for free, it will be greatly appreciated. 
Casting Off The Cold has just purchased a few EDGERYDOO TEMPLATES, finally we will be able to edge some beautiful edging on fleece blankets. I cannot wait to start working on one. Tracy has been using the edgerydoo templates for a while and we all love the look.  So we are looking for Fleece to make baby blankets. If you are purging your house because you are downsizing and have some fleece and don't know what to do with it, we would gladly take it off your hands. Just email me to make arrangement for pick up or drop off. 
Well it's time to post some pictures.

This beautiful baby blanket, Donna Crocheted. Sweet!!

And here you see this gorgeous baby set from Donna,

and another one, they are sooooo cute! Thanks Donna.

Sharon is using up yarn we inherited to knit up hat and scarf sets. Great and thank you!

Lots more hat and scarf sets from Christine. I love her colour combinations. Christine I know that the kids will love them. Thanks so much.

This baby blanket is also from Christine. She is having so much fun knitting up all these beautiful things for those in need. I am not sure if I mentioned this before, but Christine only knitted sweaters before she joined the group. and is truly loving it.

Madge is almost finished with this gorgeous blanket, using Bernat chunky yarn. Madge it is just lovely and I cannot wait to see the royal blue one. Thanks Madge.

Look at this little red jacket and hat set, from Pat, so adorable! I just love the colour.

And here is another adorable jacket and hat set from Pat. 

And here is another one and look at the hat, so cute! Pat they are all amazing, some kids will be very happy to have them.

Michela joined the group this month in Stouffville, and she is from Richmond Hill. Here are some hat and scarf sets Michela knitted. Beautiful colours and I love the hat tops, great for kids.

 And here she is showing a gorgeous cardigan she knitted.

This is a red heart pattern, if you would like to crochet one. Ulrika had lots of fun working with it. And she said that she would love to crochet another one very soon, since she enjoyed it so much. Good job Ulrika, it turned out great! Thanks for the Afghan.

This Pattern is one of a few patterns I recently purchased from Sarah London. I love the way she use her colours. I was told once by one of my Artist teachers, that I am not afraid of colour. So you can see why I just love her work , colour, colour. I will be posting a few more soon.

The last of the large squares we inherited, I crocheted four to add to two pink ones, and I must say that it was not difficult matching it, if you have the yarn on hand. I was lucky that I had a lot of odd ball waiting to be used. 

Well that's all for now folks. Check us out in March, we will have a lot more wonderful stuff for you to see and try. Don't forget that your feedback is all ways welcome. Leave a comment!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012


Once more I would like to say that the member of casting off the cold, amaze me very time. You can see the pride and creativity in every one's work. I remember some one from one of our charities said to me, that it is always a pleasure to receive all the beautiful things we create. And what a great feeling that is.
 In Markham today, more great stuff and I hope more people will join the group, so they can also help make a difference in York Region. 

Here is Barb showing this beautiful granny stitch Afghan. Love the colour combination

                                          And two lovely hat and scarf sets from Jane. 

This is a baby blanket that Madge knitted.It is very soft , so you wouldn't mind wrapping your baby in it.

And Christine as always, show up with a lot of stuff.Here are some hat and scarf sets for kids. 

                                                           And a baby blanket,  
                                           and here is another one of her baby blankets.

            Christine used scraps to knit this one and I love the way she used her pastels.

                                                      Hey Liz these are sooo cute !!

Liz is knitting wash cloths for babies and they all have a different pattern in the middle. Sorry you can not see the patterns, but if you click on the picture, you may be able to see them.
She made them to add to baby gifts for some of her friends. 

This Afghan Siobhan knitted using the feather and fan pattern stitch. It is gorgeous!

Here we have a couple of hat and scarf sets from a donor, that was given to Monica.
Thank you. 

                           This baby blanket Ulrika crocheted, beautiful.

And this amazing Afghan was made with squares that she designed and the she lined it with a sheet.Isn't it gorgeous! This was made for her niece. Great job Ulrika.

Monica this Afghan looks great and the colours are wonderful together. Also they way you used the pattern, I think it shows the stitch better. The pattern is from Red Heart and they used one colour. Crochet Textured Throw.
                     These beautiful hats and scarves are from Margaret.

These squares were donated to us and it took me a while to figure out what colour to use to join them to make this blanket.
I finally choose the green and hoped it will work as a contrast colour. Well It worked and as you can see the squares just pops up. 

Another set of large squares we inherited and they were different in colour combination, so I used two that were similar in colour and made four more of the same size. then I joined them using the shell stitch. I find it gives a flat finish for large squares.

This blanket from the Leisure Arts book I love.
Snuggle Squares, this is the third blanket ( Clusters & Shells) I have done from this book.

 Lorraine from Richmond Hill, donated these lovely items, a baby blanket,

a lady's cardigan. Lorraine loves to knit sweaters and she does a great job at it.

                                                      Look at this one,

                                                   and this one too.

                                      Wonderful baby blanket.Thank you Lorraine.

Another successful day of great work. Thank you all.