I baked up a batch of these muffins for the March knitting tea, and had the best of intentions to post this recipe directly afterwards. Life got in the way (as it sometimes does) and now we're closing in on the end of April - better late than never, right?
A few years ago I had a really fun job building model sets for The Fruit Hunters, a documentary about fruit and the people who dedicate their lives to it. I learned a lot of random fruit facts (ask me someday about the origins of the Clementine or the Hass avocado), but one of the most useful tidbits was about pears.
It turns out that pears actually need to be picked green and ripen off the tree. That makes them a good fruit choice for this time of year, when we're past the best of the citrus and pomegranates and haven't quite gotten to fresh berries or summer fruits yet. It's not completely foolproof, but I've found that imported pears are much more likely to end up sweet and juicy than other fruits like nectarines or plums.
These muffins are a great way to use up pears if you find yourself with extra, or if they ripen a bit too much before you get to eating them. They also work well with apples if you don't happen to have pears around.
Makes 12 large muffins.
muffins with optional crunchy topping, ready to go in the oven
The ginger flavour in these muffins is quite mild, you could add extra ground ginger or a tablespoon or so of freshly grated ginger root if you want to give them a bit more of a kick!
Summer is a time when I gravitate towards certain types of projects: lace (not too hot and bulky), socks (small and portable), shawls (don’t have to worry about fit), and crochet (fast).
Hitting three out of four of my vacation-project favourites, this seems like the perfect time of year to review one of Interweave’s latest compilation books: Classic Crochet Shawls. This book includes 20 shawl patterns from the Interweave archives, so some may look familiar as they’ve all been previously published in either books or magazines.
Russian grafting is a method of joining live knitting stitches and is used as an alternative to Kitchener stitch in our Argyle Christmas Stocking pattern. It is a good choice here because the stripes on the toe would not align exactly if you grafted using Kitchener stitch, so the decorative Russian grafting is used instead.
This particular method of Russian grafting uses a crochet hook to join the stitches. Use a crochet hook that is the same size or slightly smaller than your knitting needles. Russian grafting can also be used to join two separate pieces of knitting.