New year, new knitting night

In 2015, our knitting night will change from Wednesday to Thursday. We will continue to host our drop-in knitting sessions on the 2nd and 4th weeks of each month at the Carrot Community Coffee House (9351-118 Ave).

Everyone is welcome. Our group includes many new and novice knitters. No experience required. However, experienced knitters may find themselves subject to adoration and acclaim!

We provide yarn free to volunteer knitters upon request. Please contact us if you’re interested in learning more about joining our knitting army.

The Alberta Browncoats Society is sponsored by Canadian Historical Arms Society, and Happy Harbor Comics.

July – Knitting Hiatus

Lots of things go on hiatus over the summer. Sports teams. TV shows. Sanity.

Our knitting team has been working their fingers to the bone for years now. We’re giving them a well earned break for the month of July. Of course, if they do some knitting for us while we’re not meeting, we won’t complain.

Our next knitting meet-up at the Carrot (9351-118 Ave) will be on August 13.

This likely means we’ll have a smaller than normal amount of hats at our charity booth at Edmonton Expo in September. So if you want one, make sure you stop by the booth early!

By-laws, AGM and knitting notes

By-law Special Meeting Results
On October 20, 2013 our membership voted unanimously to accept the new by-laws. The new by-laws will be filed with the Province of Alberta this week.

Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Board Member Elections
In addition, we set the date for the Annual General Meeting (AGM). Please join us on at 4pm on Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 11321-166a St, Edmonton, AB. A meeting agenda will be emailed to all members and posted on this website in the coming weeks.

Among other agenda items, we will be selecting the 2014 Board of Directors at the AGM. Interested members may self-nominate via email using their registered member email address between October 21 and November 22, 2013. The board may contain up to 7 members.

Potential board members must:

  1. Be a 2013 general member in good standing.
  2. Consent to having their name and address appear in public Government of Alberta documents (Corporate Registry Database) and on our website
  3. Attend 4-6 Board meetings in addition to any general meetings.
  4. Actively participate in a minimum of one committee or extra duty.
  5. Commit to and complete a minimum of 24 volunteer hours with ABS.

Please note: This election is for general board members. Executive positions (Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary/Treasurer) on the board are determined by the elected board members at a future board meeting.

All members, 18 years of age or older, in good standing as of November 22, 2013 will be eligible to put their name forward for a position on the board of directors. Members wishing to be elected to the Board of Directors must be present at the AGM.

A member is elected to the Board of Directors when they put their name forward for nomination and receive sufficient votes on the ballot from the general membership in an election vote held during the AGM .  In the case of a tie, a secondary vote may be held until a minimum of 6 positions on the Board of Directors are filled.

Registered members who live in Edmonton and surrounding area must be present to vote at the AGM.

Registered members who do not live within 100 kms of Edmonton, as indicated in our member database, may record their vote on any agenda item via email using their registered member email address between November 23 – 29, 2013. Eligible in-absentia voters should indicate which agenda item they are voting on (use agenda item number), along with their choices, in the body of their message

We are currently working on a method for out of town members to dial into the meeting via internet based calling service. Details will be posted once testing is complete.

Special thanks to Leavitt Machinery General Partnership for use of their space for the Special Meeting and AGM.

Knitting Projects – Donation Drop-offs
We will be collecting poppies for the Valour Place Poppy Project and knit items for the Bissell Centre at The Carrot Community Arts Coffee House (9351-118 Avenue, Edmonton, AB) on the following date:

  • Saturday, October 26 from 11:30am – 2pm

October Knitting Projects

We’ve been knitting a certain toque for a few years now. At nearly every convention we attend it been a popular seller. In fact, it’s been one of our largest fundraisers over the past 3 years. Now that Edmonton Expo is over and Calgary Expo is still many months away, we’d like to take a quick break from yea auld pattern and participate in other knitting projects with a big community impact.

For the month of October, we’re asking the members of the Alberta Browncoats Society knitting group – and anyone else in the community who wants to participate – to join in our upcoming projects.

Bissell Centre
The Bissell Centre works in the community to empower people to move from poverty to prosperity. We enable people to meet their own basic daily needs, participate in community, have sustainable livelihoods, feel hope for the future and make plans for a prosperous life. Winter is coming. Let’s try to make it a little warmer for their clients and member of the community.  We’ll be making/collecting the following hand knit items:

  • Children’s hats, mittens and scarves
  • Adult hats, mittens and scarves
  • Baby blankets
  • Single-bed sized blankets

Note: The Bissell Centre distributes children’s items and blankets directly to clients through their programs. Adult sized items are provided to inner-city schools for distribution to parents in need.

Valour Place Poppy Project (#knitmonton)
#knitmonton is looking for poppies for a yarn art installation at Valour Place in Edmonton. Valour Place is a temporary home-away-from-home for Canadian Forces members, families of the Fallen, Veterans and RCMP, along with their families, when medical treatment is required in Edmonton. Please visit their website for complete details. Suggested poppy patterns are available here and here. Poppies may be knit or crochet in any size. Requirements are the poppies be created in washable yarns and contain 4 red petals with black centres.

Drop Off Details:
We will be collecting poppies for the Valour Place Poppy Project and knit items for the Bissell Centre at The Carrot Community Arts Coffee House (9351-118 Avenue, Edmonton, AB) on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, October 9 from 6:30 – 9pm
  • Wednesday, October 23 from 6:30 – 9pm
  • Saturday, October 26 from 11:30am – 2pm

If you don’t have a pattern handy, a number of great patterns can be found for free online. You can visit Ravelry, Canadian Living’s free knitting patterns and the Free Vintage Knitting website for some great ideas.

Can’t, or don’t want to knit, but still want to help? We’re always looking for donations of yarn (or funds to buy yarn). Contact us to discuss the details of your donation.

Aug 28: Browncoat Knitting Night

It’s knitting night at the Carrot (9351 118 Ave) tonight. Drop by and say hi. Grab a coffee & stay a while. You can always learn how to make pompoms if you’re not inclined to knit. Knitting night is a great way to get to know your fellow geeks (we have Browncoats, Whovian’s, Trekker’s, etc.) while helping us build stock for our charity fundraising booth at conventions.