Category Archives: Down From the Hill

“We’re going to be THAT house this year on Halloween”

Published / by Kim

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.

Catalog Your Knitting Skills

Published / by Kim / 3 Comments on Catalog Your Knitting Skills

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.

Garter Stitch
Knitting with metal wire
Shawl (I’m counting Lady Eleanor as a shawl. Shawl, stole… same thing, mostly.)
Stockinette stitch
Socks top down

Socks toe up (my preferred method)
Knitting with camel yarn
Mittens: Cuff-up
Mittens tip down
Hats top down
Hats Cuff-up
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)
Charity knitting
Knitting with soy yarn
Toy/doll clothing
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?)
Continental knitting
Combination knitting
Designing knitted garments
Cable stitch patterns
Lace patterns
Publishing a knitting book
Participate in an exchange
Teaching a child to knit
American/English knitting
Knitting to make money
Knitting with alpaca
Fair Isle knitting
Norwegian knitting
Dyeing with plant colors
Dyeing spinning fibers

Knitted items for a wedding
Household items
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
Holiday-related knitting
Teaching a male to knit
Knitting for a living
Knitting with cotton
Knitting smocking
Dyeing yarn

Steeks (eventually I’ll get up the nerve to try a steeked project)
Knitting art
Knitting two socks on two circulars simultaneously
Knitting with wool
Textured knitting
Kitchener stitch
Knitted flowers
Knitting with beads

Long Tail CO

Knitting and purling backwards
Machine knitting
Knitting with self patterning/self striping/variegated yarn
Stuffed toys
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
Free-form knitting
Short rows
Cuffs/fingerless mits/arm-warmers
Knitting a pattern from an on-line knitting magazine
Knitting on a loom
Thrummed knitting
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)
Hair accessories
Knitting in public