#wallaceplaid forever

On Thursday evening, March 6th, my father Lynn Pyper Wallace passed away. He was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis fourteen years ago, but up until the last year and a half, you wouldn’t really know it. It was a slow and gradual decline and we all had lots of time with him to say our goodbyes. In the end, we were all so grateful that he was no longer suffering to breathe.

alipyper - my dad

He reached his 80th birthday, which was his last wish, and lived an amazingly full and productive life. Always working, always thinking, always doing, my Dad rarely stopped moving. His motto was, “Leave the campsite better than you found it,” which he translated into every facet of his life – his career as a civil engineer, his marriage of 54 year to my mother, his work with our Church, his family, his hobbies. Clean up after yourself and make things better for others if you can.

alipyper - Lynn and Kaye at Laurel & DJ Dorff Wedding, Nov. 5, 2011

As Easter is approaching, my heart has been so full of love and gratitude for my Savior Jesus Christ and his atoning sacrifice and resurrection. I know that #BecauseofHim, because of Jesus Christ, I will be reunited with my father again. That we’ll be reunited as a family again. It’s an amazing blessing of comfort and peace to me.

My fathers legacy weighs heavily on my and my siblings shoulders. He truly was an amazing person and I love him deeply. I will miss his annoyingly silly jokes, his brilliant mind, and his Priesthood blessings.

But, thankfully, #wallaceplaid forever!

march: make it happen month

I’m putting my self in time out. I have until March 31st to clean up the gradual creep of disorder in my home. Craft projects will be put aside. Pinterest will be ignored (whaaaaaaa!). Other than a quick check for birthdays, Facebook will be abandoned. Instagram will only be updated with my cleaning and organizing progress. Continuing to ignore the problem is no longer tenable. It’s time to roll up my sleeves, turn up the music, and get to work. Clear out the clutter so that I’m free to pursue all the ideas and plans I have.

March is the month where I make it happen. Go, alipyper, go! Clean that house! See you April 1st!

noro cyochin moss stitch scarf

alipyper noro cyochin infinity scarf pattern

When I was first introduced to Noro yarn, I was a little bit reserved in my judgement of it. My first instinct was to not like it – the color combinations were a little bit too much for me and I had never really worked with variegated yarns with much success before. But Laura Harmon, whom I admire tremendously for her personal style as well as her crafting skills, was a huge fan and she displayed the yarn prominently in her shop when it opened in September 2012. So, it was great yarn, right? I eventually purchased a few skeins of the Kureyon yarn and it sat in my stash.

For my 40th birthday, a dear, dear friend -  knowing that reaching this milestone was not sitting well with me, AT ALL – knit me the most AMAZING scarf using the Silk Garden yarn. The entrelac scarf she knit for me was so beautiful, so perfect, so fantastic that I was immediately won over to the Noro side. I get compliments on this scarf from complete strangers whenever I wear it. And it matches EVERYTHING in my closet! I’m wearing it here. And I used the same colorway in the Noro Silk Garden Sock for this disco halter top I just finished.

So I decided that I needed to use up the Kureyon yarn in my stash and went searching for a project. I wanted a cowl that I could wear inside and out without worrying that the ends would dip into dirty dish water while doing the dishes, like a scarf might. This pattern caught my eye, but I was worried that I didn’t have enough yarn in my stash to make it long enough. So I went up a size with my crochet hook and went for it. I love, love, love it! In fact, I loved the yarn and the way the cowl looks so much that I crocheted a cowl for {G} to wear too. I’ve already borrowed it several times!

{G} has been wearing her scarf everyday and I can’t keep borrowing it! I wanted a scarf with similar colors to the scarf I made for {G}, but I didn’t want to copy hers exactly. When Noro’s Cyochin yarn showed up at Harmony, I wasn’t sure if I’d like the color progression – it’s a lot more mottled and tweedy than the Kureyon – but again, the yarn knitted up beautifully, the colors are perfect, and I’m in love again! This scarf was unbelievably easy to knit. It took only one skein and it’s a perfectly lightweight, stretchy cowl that provides just enough warmth to wear inside and outside, all day long.

Noro Cyochin Moss Stitch Infinity Scarf/Cowl

1 skein Noro Cyochin yarn

US 13 (9.0 mm) knitting needles

Large tapestry needle

Gauge: 12 stitches & 14.5 rows per 4″ – in moss stitch

Cast on 25.

Row 1: K1, P1 repeat across to end.

Row 2: K1, P1 repeat across to end (moss stitch)

Continue in moss stitch until almost all the yarn is used – leaving enough for the bound off edge and joining seam (about 45″).

Bind off loosely. Knot. Thread yarn end with the tapestry needle. Bring ends of scarf together and give one side a half twist. Sew ends together flat. Weave end in. Wear, and enjoy!

granny square love

alipyper granny disco halter topI’ve been experimenting a little bit with the incredible granny square. It is so versatile! If you want to learn the inside tricks – come to my class on Saturday!

Harmony in Provo.

Saturday February 22, 3-5pm. $15.

315 E. Center Street, Provo, UT. 801.615.0268

Halter top inspiration here. I didn’t buy the pattern – just made up my own after seeing the picture. Noro Silk Garden Sock yarn, color #279 with Rowan Felted Tweed DK yarn, color #152 for the trim & ties. Size G/6 4.0mm crochet hook.

More #grannysquarelove on my Pinterest boards!

lots of pinning going on

alipyper - fall pinterest inspiration 2013

I’m kind of addicted to Pinterest right now. These are a few of my recent pins. I’ve been incredibly busy with lots of different things going on, but the pure joy of spending a half an hour (haha! right!) being inspired by creative and beautiful images is pretty darn fantastic. A happy visceral gut-instinct reaction to images and ideas..that I can file away for when I have time to process them later. Brilliant!

Follow along if you want…

dress / potholder / cowl / lace shirt / baby cardigan / raspberry thumbprints / sweater / knit pattern / rose / slippers / fair isle / quilt / room

ralli quilts symposium 11.7.13

Ralli Quilt - collage

When we moved back to Provo a few years ago, I became reacquainted with Tricia Stoddard. She’s an amazing woman, neighbor and friend – and a fellow returned missionary to Taiwan.

Tricia with quilters

I was so excited to learn about the work she’s doing with women in Pakistan and India! She has made a tremendous effort to bring to light the amazing quilting and handiwork techniques, called Ralli Quilting, that are unique in that area of the world. I truly want to be like her when I grow up.

Ralli Quilt - Lila Handicrafts Women

Tricia is speaking about Ralli Quilts at a FREE Symposium hosted by Harmony in Provo, UT on Thursday November 7, 2013 at 6:30pm! Please come and learn about this fascinating handwork technique and about the power of women to use their hands to shape the world.

pie crust dilemma

I’ve been using the same pie crust recipe for 20 years. Since moving to Utah, though, I’ve had three, count them, THREE huge apple pies end in disaster.

Not a taste disaster, mind you it still tasted amazing, but my crust fell flat and pretty much just disintegrated, letting most of the yummy apple pie filling spill out onto the baking sheet I had precautiously (I just made up that word. It should seriously be a word.) placed under the pie dish. It was making me mad, especially since the first two pies were meant for the fundraising bake sale our dear friends were having!

So, I’ve been mulling over the problem quite a bit. I’m not eating sugar, so I’m not making pie as often as I used to, but this pie crust dilemma is really bothering me. I think it might be too much water in the dough (it’s a lot drier in Las Vegas than Utah – duh. I guess I have to scale back the water in “wetter” Utah?), and I was using a different flour than I’ve been using for 20 years.

So – I tried the crust again, using not as much water and I’m back to Gold Medal Unbleached Flour. I’ve used Martha Stewart’s Pate Brisee recipe for my pie crusts forever. This time I only used 3 Tbsp of water for the two crust recipe and it held together fairly well, but not perfectly.

alipyper - Mile High Apple Pie Recipe

It’s normal for my pie to leak a little, but not quite this much. (The crust cracked on the side I didn’t photograph. Darn!) I’m on the verge of switching to a different pie crust recipe, but I don’t want to because this crust tastes ah.maz.ing. I’ll keep working with the crust, but it’s really bothering me. In any case, here is my recipe for the pie. Maybe yours will turn out better?

Mile High Apple Pie Recipe

Pate Brisee

12 to 15 baking apples – peeled, cored, and sliced thin (I like a mixture of Granny Smith and Gala apples)

Juice of 1 lemon

2 cups sugar

1/3 cup tapioca

1/4 cup flour

1 Tbsp. cinnamon

1/4 cup unsalted cold butter, cut into cubes

2 Tbsp. whipping cream

1 Tbsp. sugar

Preheat oven to 375°F

Prepare Pate Brisee according to recipe. Roll out half of the recipe into a large circle and transfer the crust into the bottom of a 10” deep pie dish, letting the extra edge of the crust hang over the side. Set aside.

Juice the lemon into a large mixing bowl. Peel, core, and slice the apples into the lemon juice, turning the apples every once in a while to help prevent the apples from browning too much. After all the apples are sliced, add sugar, tapioca, flour, and cinnamon and mix gently, but well. Carefully spoon all of the apples into the prepared pie dish and pour any juices over the apples. Dot the apple filling with the cubed butter.

Roll out the second half of the Pate Brisee recipe and drape over the piled high apples and butter. Fold and crimp the edges of the pie crust and slit the top of the crust near the top to allow steam to escape during cooking. Mix the cream and sugar together and with a pastry brush, brush the cream onto the top crust. Place pie on a cookie sheet.

Cook the pie for 50 min. Check the apples for doneness with a knife. Continue to cook in 10 minute increments until the apples are knife tender and the crust is golden brown. If the crust looks like it’s browning too much, make a tin foil “tent” and loosely cover the pie until the filling is done. Serve warm or cold.



jalapeños en escabeche (pickled jalapeño peppers)

alipyper - jalapeno escabeche

We’ve been using this recipe to pickle the jalapeño abundance that is emerging from our garden. We add more carrots and onions than the recipe calls for and a white vinegar yields a clearer bottle than the apple cider vinegar. We’ve already bottled 26 pints and might get a few more before the winter comes. We processed the pints 15 minutes in a water bath. It’s been unbelievably exciting but annoyingly immediate to bottle and preserve the bounty of our garden before it goes bad. Fortunately for me, the Mr. has completely taken the lead on this. I’m just his sous chef. Which suits me just fine.

summer salsa harvest

alipyper - tomatoes in the garden

alipyper - tomatoes in the garden

alipyper - jalapenos

alipyper - summer salsa harvest

We finally have enough ripe tomatoes and jalapenos to make salsa! We made a triple batch on Sunday and we’ve already polished it off. Our favorite is a recipe from Rick Bayless’s Mexico One Plate At A Time cookbook. Salsa De Molcajete. For the recipe, instead of canned tomatoes, we roast a pound of tomatoes under the broiler, turning them until they are blackened in spots and cooked through. Then, peel the skins off and either process in a food processor or crush them in our molcajete. Save all that yummy juice from the roasted tomatoes! We also substantially increase the amount of jalapenos to spice it up. The Mr. served his mission in Mexico and over the years I have slowly been raising my spicy heat tolerance to match his. Now our kids gobble up the spicy stuff too. I can’t tell you how satisfying it is to watch the kids devour vegetables from our garden!

FREE beginning crochet class for granny squares

granny square samples

If you’re interested in learning how to crochet the gloriously versatile Granny Square, you’re in luck! I’m teaching a Granny Squares class this Saturday August 10th at Harmony from 2 – 4 pm (only $15!) This is a really fun one day workshop where I teach you the basics of changing colors, crocheting in the round, and joining crochet motifs as you go – along with other fun stuff!

Are you hesitating to sign up because you don’t know how to crochet yet? No problem! This Thursday night I’m teaching FREE Beginning Crochet class to those that are signed up for my Granny Squares class! Come learn the basics so that you can make granny squares!! Thursday August 8th, 7:30 – 9 pm at Harmony in Provo.

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