Made with love

October 18, 2016
The members of Kingcrafts knit for our families to show they care.
Lolli and Louise of Kingcrafts holding knitted items

When families with seriously ill children have to travel for medical treatment, the smallest details can help bring them a feeling of home. Families staying at Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Toronto know this well, so they appreciate the hand-knit items made for them by the members of Kingcrafts.

Located in King City, Ont., Kingcrafts is a not-for-profit studio and gallery where members of every skill level are brought together by their shared interest in arts and crafts. The group of 60 women became involved with RMHC Toronto when one of our volunteers asked for their help knitting washcloths for Welcome Bags at the House.

“We furiously knitted and we made at least 100 washcloths in under two weeks,” says Louise Ishii, a member of Kingcrafts.

Louise and her friends were gratified to learn how their handiwork would be used. Since many families come to Toronto unexpectedly and don’t have time to pack, they rely on Welcome Bags for their essential toiletries. The addition of a homemade washcloth gave the bags a warm, personal touch.

A weaving loom at Kingcrafts Studio

The members of Kingcrafts have collected all sorts of toiletries to donate to the House and they continue to produce washcloths. They also knit adorable hats for premature babies or patients undergoing chemotherapy. Their creations are very popular with families at both our House and Family Rooms.

“We hope to bring families a little bit of love and friendship through our handmade items,” says Louise. “Even though we don’t meet them in person, we want them to know we care and we want to brighten up even a moment of their hectic, stressful days.”

Visit to learn about their upcoming sales of knitted items, pottery, jewellery, wire sculpture, fine art and weaving.