That’s what I said to Scott as we got ready for bed last night. We’re going to be that house, the one that gives out moralizing with the candy.
My friend Cheryl – who blogs about delicious food and locavore Vermont eating over at CrankyCakes – has me thinking about fair trade chocolate and why we should all be buying it. I don’t know why this is suddenly such an epiphany to me, but it is. It’s not like I’m not already aware of forced labor and child slavery. That’s the reason I only buy fair trade coffee now. Maybe it’s having Halloween looming, knowing that we’ll soon be filling the house with chocolate to hand out to all the neighborhood kids.
And thinking about 15,000 kids being used as slave labor so I can give out Snickers bars to the kids here makes me a little queasy.
So this year we’re going to be giving out fair trade chocolate for Halloween. Originally I was going to buy this kit and hang the poster, and also hand out the little card with the candy, but sadly for me and happily for them, the kits are sold out. So now I’m scrambling to find a new source for small chocolate bars suitable for trick-or-treat bags. Dagoba has some little tasting minis that look promising, if a bit spendy. Equal Exchange also has minis that may work.
I plan to make a purchase some time today so I know I have it in time for Halloween, and I encourage others to consider giving out fair trade chocolate this year. Imagine if enough of us made the switch on Halloween that it made the big chocolate companies consider switching to fair trade? That would be something.
Update: Kids seem to usually prefer milk chocolate to dark, so these milk chocolate eggs are a good option.
And another option in milk chocolate.
Poet Sonya Reese, performing her poem “What Women Deserve.” Very powerful.
I haven’t done a meme in a while, and this one was right up my alley. Stolen from Knittin’ Honey.
BOLD those things you’ve done, ITALICIZE those you plan on tackling, and leave the rest.
Knitting with metal wire
Shawl (I’m counting Lady Eleanor as a shawl. Shawl, stole… same thing, mostly.)
Socks top down
Socks toe up (my preferred method)
Knitting with camel yarn
Mittens tip down
Hats top down
Knitting with silk (silk blends, though, not 100% silk)
Moebius band knitting
Participating in a KAL (maybe)
Drop stitch patterns
Knitting with recycled/second-hand yarn
Knitting with banana fiber yarn
Domino knitting (I don’t even know what this is)
Twisted stitch patterns
Knitting with bamboo yarn
Two end knitting (I don’t even know what this is)
Knitting with soy yarn
Knitting with circular needles (as often as I can)
Baby items (though it’s still waiting for buttons and probably won’t fit its recipient anymore!)
Knitting with your own hand-spun yarn
Graffiti knitting (huh?)
Designing knitted garments
Cable stitch patterns
Publishing a knitting book
Participate in an exchange
Teaching a child to knit
Knitting to make money
Knitting with alpaca
Fair Isle knitting
Dyeing with plant colors
Dyeing spinning fibers
Knitted items for a wedding
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items) on one or two circulars
Knitting with someone else’s hand-spun yarn
Knitting with double point needles
Teaching a male to knit
Knitting for a living
Knitting with cotton
Steeks (eventually I’ll get up the nerve to try a steeked project)
Knitting two socks on two circulars simultaneously
Knitting with wool
Knitting with beads
Long Tail CO
Knitting and purling backwards
Knitting with self patterning/self striping/variegated yarn
Knitting with cashmere (cashmere blends, but I’d love to knit with 100% cashmere some day)
Knitting with synthetic yarn
Writing a pattern
Knitting with linen
Knitting for preemies
Tubular cast on
Knitting a pattern from an on-line knitting magazine
Knitting on a loom
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets (I would love to knit a little sweater for a friend’s doxie)
Knitting with dog/cat hair (ew)
Knitting in public