This is what happens when I stop baking

I have been committed to a gluten-free diet for about four months. (Medical disclaimer – I am not a doctor)

I decided to give the diet a try after reading blogs covering the gluten-free lifestyle. So far, I have been very happy with my results with one HUGE exception. I absolutely love baking! I don’t necessarily eat everything I bake because I use baked goods as gifts to friends and family. It’s the act of baking that gives me so much pleasure.

It is possible to bake gluten-free at home but I feel like it is just too involved so I’ve given up baking. Would you believe I have had withdrawal symptoms? Not for sugar and calories but for the act of baking. I’ve found myself getting up on Saturday morning having to fight the urge to whip up scones, cookies and a pie. Don’t even get me started on my urges to bake bread.

Over the Labor Day Weekend, I decided to focus on having my knitting and spinning as a healthy way to distract me from baking. As much as I love my fiber world, I’ve been astounded at how it has been an effort to have it replace my baking urges. Once I got myself settled, I did enjoy the the hours of uninterrupted knitting.


Mission accomplished

Hubby isn’t the only one with a new sweater, though his modeling is a little better:

Our house isn’t really lit well enough for portraits, so we went 8300
feet up into the Wallowa mountains to get a shot. The locals were duly
impressed, I might add.

It’s still missing one thing, though. I need to snag it from him long enough to sew in a very appropriate label!


Button, Button, who’s got the button?

Such a little thing, the button, but it sure can make a good project look great!  Searching for that perfect button can also be a pain.  Each store usually only a select amount – typically somewhat standard, one button fits all.  But what if you want that special button that will wow your garment without running all over town (or further)?

Here at Knit Picks, we understand this dilemma.  We have so many projects in each catalog that requires buttons, and not just any button. So now we now have the perfect solution. Buttons! Buttons! and even more Buttons, right at your fingertips!



How to Make Buttonholes

Buttonholes seem like the simplest of closures but you will want to take careful consideration of the size of your buttons relative to the size of your garment as well as the function of the button (is it decorative or utilitarian?). To help make this potentially tricky process a bit easier, we have created a guide to three different buttonhole styles – including the one row buttonhole, two row buttonhole, as well as a buttonhole for ribbing.

Usually shank buttons are best for knitted garments since the button shank gives more vertical clearance for the thickness of the knit fabric. If you are using a flat button, you may want to create a shank by wrapping thread or yarn around the stitches that attach the button to the fabric. Wrap the stitches between the button and the fabric, then secure the thread or yarn with a knot at the back side of the fabric.