Monday, December 30, 2019

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year 2020 to our knitting and crocheting community! 2020 will mark the 15th year that Casting Off the Cold has been collecting the beautiful hand-knit items you have been making, and distributing them to a number of organizations in York Region that help support people in need.

As we have mentioned in previous posts, the recipient organizations are always impressed by the quality of the items we donate, and they are never short of clients who appreciate the time and care that has gone into making them.

Thank you all again for everything you do. We wish you the happiest, healthiest New Year and look forward to seeing you at a meeting or talking to you during the year. The meeting calendar page has been updated, but please check blog and facebook posts for any changes that may come up at the last minute.

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Happy Holidays

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the wonderful work you have done this year. All of our recipient organizations were thrilled to receive the bags of items we distributed, and were sure that they would be appreciated by the people who will be using them.

We wish each of you, and your families, the very best of the Holiday Season, however you may celebrate, and a healthy and prosperous New Year.

We look forward to seeing you in 2020!

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Amica Unionville December Donation

Our Amica Unionville group has been knitting busily throughout the fall. We have a few new members in the group, and everyone has been enjoying getting together and learning from each other. Thank you, ladies, for all the beautiful projects you've made.

Hat and cowl from Monica
More cowls and hats
Sets from Jane
Two more from Monica

A Christmas colours set from Monica

Hat, cowl and mittens from Monica

One of our new members, Friedl, is an expert knitter.
Such lovely items!

Hat and neckwarmer from Christine

The hat and neckwarmer are from Christine, with mittens
from Monica

This set was made by Monica

More kids sets from Friedl

A carriage/stroller blanket from Monica

Another blanket from Monica

Another hat from Friedl with a cowl by Monica

Another hat and neckwarmer from Christine.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019


Thank you Carrie for your generous donation of baby blankets, scarves, and hat. It is greatly appreciated.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Thank you from Yellow Brick House!
x via 
Tue, Nov 19, 3:59 PM (3 days ago)
to me
52 West Beaver Creek Rd., Unit 4
Richmond Hill, ON L4B 1L9
Tel: 905-709-0900
Toll-free: 1-800-263-2231
Fax: 905-709-1308

Dear Sally,
Thank you for your generous donation of knitted blankets and clothing to Yellow Brick House from your organization! Donors such as you provide life-saving support services and prevention programs to meet the diverse needs of individuals, families, and communities impacted by violence.

Your generous gift supports our four core programs including two emergency shelters, a 24 hour crisis and support line, public education, and community counselling and support services for women and children.

Over 5,300 women and children annually are empowered to rebuild their lives and live free from violence because of you.

Thank you,
Lorris Herenda
Executive Director

Wednesday, November 13, 2019


We made our final donations for 2019 today, dropping off at the Krasman Centre and 360Kids in Richmond Hill. The recipients were very happy to accept the donations so they could help their clients through the winter, and they were amazed that all the items were handmade by our knitters. Thanks again to all of you who took the time to make and donate any projects to us this year. Keep those hooks and needles busy -we'll be doing it all again in 2020!

With one of the staff at the Krasman Centre

Gamin at 360Kids was so impressed, he wanted
to try on one of the hats!

Friday, November 1, 2019

Hello every one, just wanted to let you know, that we are not meeting in November and December of 2019. We will meet up again in January 2020. Hope you had a great 2019 and i am looking forward to seeing you all next year. Thank you so much for your continuous support.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019


Monica and I dropped off four huge bags each to the Pregnancy Centre and the Yellow Brick House today. Lots of baby blankets, toys, baby jackets and hats and scarves. They were very happy to receive all the beautiful items crafted by our members and the online members too!

Thursday, October 24, 2019


Here are seven preemie blankets from knitters Attic, seven beautiful blankets. Thank you ladies for thinking of Casting off the Cold. They will keep lots of babies warm this winter.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019


Lynn dropped off four beautiful blankets yesterday, so was able to add them to the bags for Yellow Brick House. Thanks Lynn, great job!!

Tuesday, October 22, 2019


Here we are at the Women Centre in Newmarket. Monica and one of the ladies from the Centre, sowing off  some of the items that donated this year. 

So Monica and Kim could not wait to show the baby jackets and blankets.
This is at the Rose of Sharon in Newmarket.

Monday, October 21, 2019


Lots of stuff handed in this month, busy busy ladies in the last few months to make sure we have lots to donate. 

From Patrica, Beth's sister,This beautiful baby coat and hat,

and here is a lovely jacket and hat

and a jacket,

and a baby blanket and hat.All from Patrica. Thanks you!!

As usual from Beth, four beautiful blankets.

From Pat a friend of Kathy,a jacket for a kid,

 this adorable kids top and hat,

Baby hats,

Head bands

And a cowl. Gorgeous, Thanks you so much Pat!

Well Kathy has done it again, Five amazing baby jackets.

A beautiful stripe blanket from Marg.

Doll joined us on Sunday, a friend of Marg and she donated a baby hat.

 Toni always surprises me. She knits on a loom and is able to make such beautiful stuff.

From Sally this crocheted blanket.

Donation from an unknown person, dropped off at Candlelight and Memories. Thank you kind donation.
As always, thank you all for you hard work and supporting Casting off the Cold.