Sunday Afternoon Housewife

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Knitting Class at Mass Ave Wine: Week 4 or 5 (I lost count!) February 23, 2010

Filed under: Classes,craft,knitting,wine — sundayafternoonhousewife @ 10:19 pm

Everyone at Class practiced knitting in the round!

This past weekend at Mass Ave Wine we had a fantastic time. We always do, but this week was extra special because we had 3 more finished projects! Last week the ladies were set to task working on flat knit hats, and both Jess and Eleanor were able to whip out adorable hats. They even did the finish sewing all by themselves! Look at these great hats!

Eleanor shows off her flat knit hat!

Jess in her new hat. A super soft hat knit with Lion Brand Homespun!

In addition to the great hats, we also had another finished scarf from Autumn. Look at this beautiful lady with her fancy blue scarf!

Autumn shows off her newly finished scarf!

This last Saturday everyone in class learned for the first time how to knit in the round using circular or double point needles. It was a bit challenging at first, but everyone caught on and had a inch or so of hat knit by the end of class.

Jen and Jess practice knitting in the round on circular needles!

There was lots of cheese consumed this week at class including another feta, basil and sun dried tomato torte with toasted batard.  We drank a few bottles of wine this week (yes, maybe a bit more than normal even), but one of the stand out favorites was Crios Rose of Malbec.

Crios Rose of Malbec - a delicious $10 bottle of wine

So, are you wondering yet why you haven’t joined us for class? I don’t know why you haven’t because we obviously are having tons of fun and learning quite a bit about knitting in the process. There are still 2 weeks of knitting classes left before we switch to crochet classes in the spring. You can download the flier and check out what we will be working on this Saturday. Any level knitter is welcome to join us at anytime. Maybe you should make this week the one you come in and join the fun!

KNIT One Week FIVE flyer Download the flier to see what’s up this Saturday!


Knitting Class at Mass Ave Wine Shoppe: Week 3 February 18, 2010

Filed under: Classes,knitting,wine — sundayafternoonhousewife @ 4:35 am

Casting on a new project at the start of class on 2/13/10

This past Saturday was our third week of  knitting class at Mass Ave Wine Shoppe, and our first week with finished knitting projects! We had a brief hiatus last week while I took the day off for my birthday, and that gave plenty of time for a few finished projects. I’m so proud of these knitters who didn’t know a stitch when class started one month ago!

Eleanor with her first finished project: wrist warmers!

The first week of class we focused on learning the knit stitch and the second week on perfecting the purl. Eleanor (above) is showing of her ribbed wrist warmers, and Karen (below) shows off her knit scarf!

Karen shows off her knit scarf!

We had a really good time this week. Some of us enjoyed snacking on a goat cheese, basil pesto, and sun dried tomato torte with toasted batard, while others had croque mermaid sandwiches or cheese and crackers. Of course we all enjoyed various wines. This week I split a bottle of La Marouette Chardonnay with some of the ladies. Everything was fantastically fun!

The delicious, organic La Marouette

This coming Saturday, class will kick-off at 4:30.  $15 will get you a glass of wine and a knitting lesson. This week the “regulars” will be learning how to knit on circular needles to make a hat, but you don’t need to know anything about knitting to come. Any one is welcome at any time and I am there for constant coaching and one-on-one lessons and help.  I hope you will join us!


Mass Ave Knitting Class: Week 2 February 2, 2010

Filed under: Classes,knitting,wine — sundayafternoonhousewife @ 4:03 pm

This past Saturday at Mass Ave, the knitting class met again at 4:30 p.m. Everyone enjoyed various glasses of wine, and some enjoyed cheese and cracker trays. There were 8 people in attendance this week, so the setting was a bit more intimate than last time. Of the 8 people that came, 5 were returning from class one, and 3 were new attendees. It was great to see every one again and meet new people. Can you believe I forgot to take pictures again? When class 3 gets here, I promise, promise, promise to take pictures of the class and hopefully even of some completed projects! Week 2 was spent relearning to cast on, how to cast off, and almost everyone learned the knit stitch last class has now also learned how to purl. The week 2 knitting pattern was for a pair of wrist warmers. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s progress. There will be no class this Saturday, as I am taking the day off for my birthday (!) but in two weeks, on February 13th, we are going to learn how to increase and decrease stitches and make a hat. After class ended this week, several of us made a trip next door to The Best Chocolate in Town for boxes of handmade truffles.

The sweet ending of a trip to the chocolate shop was the perfect end to a fantastic knitting class.

If you would like information about the February 13th class (remember, no class on February 6th), you can download the week 3 flier right here: KNIT One Week three flyer


Knitting Class at Mass Ave Wine Shop: Week 1 January 26, 2010

Filed under: Classes,knitting,wine — sundayafternoonhousewife @ 8:05 pm

Last Saturday was the first knitting class at Mass Ave Wine Shop hosted by yours truely. It was so fantastically fun! We had 15 knitters show up, and there were newbie knitters as well as seasoned knitters who were eager to improve upon their knitting skills. The newbie knitters learned how to cast on and how to do the knit stitch. The advanced knitters learned how to cable! It was a very fun afternoon and I was so busy I regretfully forgot to take a single photo! Check in next week for photos from this week. I promise I will remember to take them. We all enjoyed the great atmosphere of Mass Ave Wine as well as our glass (or glasses…) of wine!

I had a glass of the Bitch Bubbly which was so good, but everyone all tried different wines and some had cheese plates, too.

Week two is going to be just as much fun as last week. Newbie knitters are going to learn how to purl and cast off, and advanced knitters will be learning how to knit in the round with double pointed needles! Both groups will be working on a pair of cozy and quick to complete wrist warmers.

I’m looking forward to seeing some familiar faces and hoping to see some new faces this week as well. If you’re looking to find more info, you can download this week’s flier right here: KNIT ONE, SWIRL TWO flyer for WEEK TWO


Football Craft Sunday January 17, 2010

Filed under: Cooking,craft,crochet,Football,free patterns,knitting,Recipes — sundayafternoonhousewife @ 7:46 pm

I’ve really been getting into football this season in a big way. It really helps that my fave team, the Colts, are doing fantastically well, but I must admit, I’ve been watching football even when the Colts don’t play. I even watched a lot of college ball this year. So, now that I have made that admission, I must say that I have been thinking about some football related crafts as we get closer to the Super Bowl. One of my favorite things about watching football is getting together with friends and eating great food, and cooking is a craft for sure! One of my favorite things to eat in winter and for football games is chili. I’m also a big fan of the cheesy salsa dip with tortilla chips, but that isn’t much of a craft as it is dumping a cheese log in a crock pot and turning it on. Today, I’d like to share my chili recipe with you as well as share some other football related crafts that I found out on the internet.


My chili is a vegetarian chili, but it is very hearty and really can fill you up after one bowl. It’s a fairly simple recipe which I have been working on for several years. One thing about it that is great is that it requires very little measuring (well, I barely every measure it, so you’ll have to take these measurements more as guestimates) and you can cook it on the stove if you want it ready fast, or you can put it in the crock pot (preferred method) and let it go for three or four hours until it is perfectly cooked and all the flavors really have a good time to simmer together. Ok, here’s a list of what you need

3 medium onions, peeled and diced

5 garlic cloves, peeled and minced

3 tbs. vegetable oil

1 32oz can crushed tomatoes

1 32oz can petite diced tomatoes in own juice

5 cans of beans- you may use ANY kind of bean, but I prefer using garbazo beans (chick peas), black beans, red kidney beans, white canellini beans, and great northern beans. You’ll need to drain and rinse all the beans.

5 dried california chili peppers, top stem and seeds removed (available at Mexican grocery stores and many regular groceries, too)

3 tbs. chili powder

1 tbs. ground cumin

1 tbs. ground coriander

salt and pepper to taste

2 tbs. soy sauce

2 tbs. red wine vinegar

optional: 1 bag of Morning Star Farm meatless veggie crumbles

Ok, the first thing you want to do is cut the top off the dried chili peppers and shake out as many of the seeds as you can. Fill a bowl with really hot water and put the chili peppers in and set aside to re-hydrate until they are soft ant pliable.

Now, dice your onions, mince your garlic, and put in in a saute pan with the vegetable oil and cook, stirring as needed, on medium-high heat until the onions are translucent and start to brown on the edges.

Meanwhile (if you can multi-task, then while onions are cooking), open all the cans of beans and tomatoes. Pour the crushed and diced tomatoes into the crock pot (don’t drain the juice off the diced tomatoes, put in in the crock pot, too). After draining and rinsing the beans, pour them into the crock pot with the tomatoes and mix them all together well. You can turn your crock pot on high at this point.

Now, back to the onions: Once they are translucent, pour the chili powder, cumin, and coriander into the saute pan and cook for a couple of minutes until the spices are very fragrant, about 2 minutes. Use about 1 tbs. off soy sauce to “deglaze” the saute pan (basically just make it easier to get all the spices out). Pour the onions into the crock pot along with the spices, the rest of the soy sauce, and the red wine vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste. If you are adding the meatless crumbles, pour them in now, too. Mix it all again.

Get your food processor or blender out and strain the re-hydrated chili peppers out and into the food processor. Add about 1/4 cup of pepper soaking water to the food processor with the peppers and process until the water turns bright red and the peppers are very well minced. Pour the whole pepper mixture into the crock pot and give it one more good stir.

Put the lid on the crock pot, stir occasionally, and now you just have to be patient and wait a couple of hours for the chili to become piping hot, and then you know it is ready to serve.

Some of my favorite toppings for this chili are sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, and sliced pickled jalapeno peppers from my garden. Of course it goes great with corn bread, but it isn’t a necessity because this chili is really going to feel you up!

Alright, now if your chili is on and you need something to work on before the game starts, or while the game is on here are a few more fun football crafts to occupy your time.

Knit Football Washcloth

I found this great pattern on Ravelry. It looks like a pretty fun pattern and I think that if you knit a lot, you may well be able to finish this in one, if not two games.

The free pattern for this washcloth can be found on Ravelry, but if you aren’t a member you can also get it from BunnyStamping Blog.

If you are a crocheter instead of a knitter, you could buy the super cute Football Star Amigurumi Crochet Pattern from Owlishy on Etsy. I’ve done a couple of her patterns and find the fantastically written and easy to read.

I am sure you could go all out and customize this guy by switching colors so he is in your teams favorite colors, and you could even put your favorite players number on him, too (mine would probably be #85 Pierre Garcon)!

If you feel like crocheting something a little more functional than cute, you could also buy the pattern for a mere $3 to make this Football Beverage Cozy by Laura’s Left Hook.

If you are still in need of inspiration for more football related crafts, Craftster hosted a “Are you ready for some football?” swap back in November, and there are ideas (no tutorials, just lots of pictures) for quilted banners, hair ties, crochet baby pants, and even these super cute football shoes, which I’m sure you could make for your favorite team with the proper paint and glue and logos printed off.

I hope this gives you a little inspiration to make a craft that supports your favorite team. I sure got a lot of inspiration while looking around for these crafts, and next Sunday you should check back and see MORE football crafts and a new football recipe.


Knit ONE, Swirl Two-Knitting class at Mass Ave Wine Shop January 14, 2010

Filed under: Classes,knitting,wine — sundayafternoonhousewife @ 9:39 pm


KNIT One, SWIRL Two at Mass Ave Wine Shop

4:30-6:00 p.m. Saturdays January 23 and 30, February 13, 20, 27, and March 6.

$15 for a glass of wine and a knitting lesson!

Learn the basics of knitting such as how to cast on, cast off, knit, purl, change colors, knit cables, knit in the round and much more! Patterns will be provided each week for both beginner and more advanced knitters and I will be there for the entire hour and a half to teach newbies, or assist the seasoned knitter in a new challenge. In the first six weeks we will learn how to make a scarf, a hat, and a pair of wrist warmers to get us through the rest of the winter!

Extra needles will be available during class time (thought they will need returned at the end of class) and lots of FREE yarn will be available to choose from, but you may also visit a store such as Joann’s, Michael’s, or Hobby Lobby, or Indy’s own local Mass Ave Knit Shop to purchase yarn and needles.

For more information, and to see examples of the first weeks patterns, dowload this informative flyer:  KNIT One Week ONE flyer