As seen in Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts, 2011

September 3, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Posted in art, Christmas, country life, faith, family, food, knitting, Life, love, recipes, relationships, shopping, socks, Vintage, weight loss, Weight Watchers | 9 Comments
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I have another “As seen in…” to report, dear readers. Interweave Knit’s Holiday Gifts, 2011 issue will hit newsstands on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 and our Knitter’s Eye Charts are featured in the issue in the Gifts for Knitter’s section.

They wrote to me earlier in the summer, and of course I was very excited to learn they wanted to feature our Eye Chart in the issue. Both Interweave and Vogue (Vogue Knitting Fall 2011) had me send them a copy of the Eye Chart for a photo shoot … I am looking forward to seeing how Interweave Knits approached theirs.

We were in good company in the Vogue Knitting magazine. The piece focused on knitting related art for the walls, and ours was in the number one position on the page. It is a little difficult to get my hands on some magazines out here in the country, so if you get the Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts 2011 issue and spot our Eye Chart in there, I would love to hear your report. If you do see it and can send a photo — that would be something along the lines of awesome.

I am soooooo close to finishing the scrunchie, slouchy socks for little Sweet Pea and publishing the pattern for you guys. There are so many things to do, and I just need this one year of my life to have twice as many hours in my days … please, pretty please.

My son just released a few beautiful retouched vintage/antique maps he’s been working on. He is such a hard working guy, I admire him very much. He sent me one map as a surprise for my birthday back in early August. It was a map of one of the villages we live near (we live sort of between two villages). The painstaking retouching he did on that map was amazing, and he had it printed especially for me on watercolor paper. The printing was exquisite, the colors rich … and the retouching he did was impeccable.

The three he has released on his blog are of Brooklyn, New York, and Los Angeles. I had to order the Brooklyn map for my husband because of the boats and ships in the harbor — he is a boat kind of a man. It was a nice surprise for him when it came in the mail this week, and we both loved being on the receiving end of my sons carefully thought out, aesthethic packaging. The whole experience of being his customer (not just his mom) was a great, and it makes me proud that my son is this kind of an artist and business person.

One more thing, a while back I promised to share my Black Bean Hummus recipe … and I missed doing that. I wanted to share it with you now in case any of you want to give it a try this holiday weekend. It is super simple, and so delicious!

Black Bean Hummus

1 can black beans (14 oz size) — not drained, keep the liquid
4 Tbsp lime juice
1/2 cup walnuts
pinch of sea salt
pinch of cayenne pepper
a big handful of Cilantro (optional)

Grind up the walnuts in your blender until they are very fine–I used a hand-operated chopper to do this.

Put the black beans, with the liquid, in a blender. Add lime juice. (Or, if you prefer to use a hand-held immersion blender, put the beans with liquid and lime juice in bowl.)

Add salt, cayenne pepper and Cilantro (be sure to wash the Cilantro first).

Blend until somewhat smooth — doesn’t have to be perfect.

Add the walnuts and blend more.

That’s it. The hummus is ready to dip some tortilla chips in. If you are on Weight Watchers, you will want to measure out just about 1/4 to 1/3 cup of the hummus along with only one serving of tortilla chips. Even with the measuring, this is very satisfying as a mini-meal for Weight Watchers and is only a few points, as long as you do measure and calculate points before you munch!

I’ve lost 13 pounds now, and it feels great!

Hope you have a beautiful holiday weekend!



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  1. love the sign… I’ll look for the Winter Holiday Gift issue.. I like to keep that one in my library.

    Your hummus recipe sounds great. I think I may try it this week and take some for lunch at school. I’ll probably pack a couple mini pitas in place of the tortilla chips. The protein will do me good 🙂

    Thanks for sharing…

  2. How exciting to have been selected by both Vogue and Interweave. Congratulations to the whole family — you can all join in the celebration! I’ll keep an eye out for the mag, but I’m not getting out as much and, of course, the nearest Borders no longer exists, so it’s a longer drive to any kind of bookstore.

  3. I scanned the page from Holiday Gifts. I just need to figure out how to email it to you. Is you email on here?

    • Oh, that’s so cool you already have it. Yay! Looking forward to seeing your scan! ~firefly

  4. Is that 1/2 cup of walnuts?

    • Yes — I must have made a typo if you are asking. I’ll check and fix it. Thank you! ~firefly

  5. How do I send it? I have it as a pdf.

  6. Never mind … I re-scanned it to a jpg and then I had a real ordeal rotating but succeeded. It’s now posted on your FaceBook page..

    • Thank you so much Rhona, for going to all this trouble. I really appreciate it. It’s great to see what the page looks like in Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts, 2011.

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