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Welcome to Casting Off the Cold!  We are a volunteer organization of knitters and crocheters based in Markham, Ontario who handcraft clothing and other items for donation to shelters, support organizations and hospitals.

Our knitting circle meetings, held in multiple locations around Markham every month, are open to new members of any age group and experience level.  Please check out our meeting schedule and drop by.  We'd love to have you join us - no membership fees or firm commitments required.

If you can't make it to our meetings and would like to contribute, you can drop your donation with one of our Partners or you can join our online community!  Each month we collect donations from our online crafters for one of our causes in particular.  Check out the Casting Off Online page for more information.




Our Mission

Giving back to our community is important to us.  By using our handcrafting skills, we can make a difference for people who might otherwise go without warm clothing in winter, and we can assist support organizations in taking care of those who come to them for help.



Organization Profile

Casting Off the Cold was established by artist and hobby knitter Sally Karamath in 2006 to carry on a tradition of helping the homeless that her family established in her home country of Trinidad.  "When I worked in downtown Toronto, I saw so many people struggling with the cold each winter, I knew I had to do something to help them.  That's where the idea of knitting for charity started."

From a core group of four in the first year, we have grown steadily in members and have increased the size of our donations by almost double in each year.  

Much appreciation goes to our members for the time and skills they devote to our cause, and we also have to extend a huge thanks every year to the anonymous donors who drop goods off at the various knitting shops that so graciously accept donations on our behalf.

We hold regular monthly meetings in both Markham at Cedarcroft Manor and in Stouffville at the Stouffville Legion Hall. Our great appreciation goes to the members of the Royal Canadian Legion in Stouffville for providing the meeting space. Please see the Calendar page for addresses and directions.



What We Need Now

There's always a need for a variety of items, but sometimes our organizations find themselves short of certain things.  This is the list of the most-needed pieces if you're planning a project:

Our current drive is for Blankets -  baby blankets and childrens' blankets (in the range of 36"x44")  Please see the Sizing Guide page for details on finished sizes for blankets.

These blankets will be donated to Pathways of York Region and Yellow Brick House.


News Update


This Website will be discontinued as of July 15, 2016. Please follow our blog at and follow us on Facebook at castingoffthecold

We will continue to post organization and meeting information as well as photos in both of these places.

To reach us by e-mail, please use

Thank you for your support for Casting Off the Cold; we hope to hear from you on our social sites!

Contact Information

Do you have a question about our organization?  Would you like to make a donation of finished goods or excess yarn for our volunteers?  Interested in joining us?  Please contact us by e-mail - check the Contact Us page for the address you need.

Our blog is updated regularly with photos of new donations and news from our latest meetings.  Feel free to take a look and make a comment!  Casting Off the Cold Blog.

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Last modified: July 07, 2016