Just for fun: gluten free knitting

I’ve been bumbling along, reading gluten free blogs, following up links … and gradually realised that I was visiting a lot of knitting blogs. Very interesting. What on earth could the connection be?

Now, I know that knitting blogs are about as big on the web as Facebook (well, they would be if you added them together) so I thought I’d list some gluten free knitting bloggers here, just for fun.

I used to knit, taught by my mother, but found after a few years (OK, decades!) that it just made my hands ache. I haven’t even successfully handed on the skill to my children yet – so perhaps I’d better get on with it before it’s too late, and too many more decades go by.

In no particular order, your list of gluten free knitters for today is:

  • Sleep Knitting – possibly the longest-standing and best known gluten free knitting blog
  • Fiona’s Knitting – Fiona from Wiltshire, who’s only just had her biopsy
  • Knitting Libran – Teri from Virginia (who also has to avoid dairy and soy)
  • Pretty Pink Yarn – Aileen in Brooklyn (you’ve gone quiet, Aileen, where are you?)
  • Allyson Bright Meyer – Allyson, also very recently diagnosed
  • Anne’s Blog – Anne writes about knitting, spinning, chickening (chickens?), mothering and chocolate (great list!)
  • Knittacia’s Blog – she’s from Norway, and also does a lot of spinning
  • Stumbling Over Chaos – Chris, who has listed 100 things about herself, and 25 things about her cat, Chaos
  • Hockeymom Knits – also diagnosed this month! (Now, this is really getting spooky)
  • After Asia – by J, a free range Canadian who also writes at Gluten Free Glutton
  • Art.Music.Jaffacakes – Sairy, not officially diagnosed, but has taken herself off gluten. Can you get gluten free jaffa cakes in America, Sairy?

Anybody know of any more? Perhaps you are a gluten free knitter – do let us know, and I’ll add you to the list.

Edit: I’m adding Sasha from Seattle

  • Free Wool – Sasha from Seattle, who tells us there is a whole group of gluten free knitters at Ravelry

Edit: And here’s Celia (thanks to Chris)

Edit: And Brigitte (another friend of Chris’)

  • Wrapped around my finger – Brigitte is from Canada and is apparently also a member of the Cycling Knitters group. These knitters are definitely friendly people with a lot of interests …

Edit: And there’s more (I’m loving this)

  • Fidgety Budgie – wow, Gaile has been blogging since 2004. Now I feel like a newbie …
  • Gluten A Go Go – Sheltie Girl turns out to be a knitter as well as a seriously good GF cook.
  • Wayward Elf – Andrea is living in Zurich, and was diagnosed as coeliac last winter (were you in Zurich at the time, Andrea?)
  • Liz Knits – Does Liz knit? I’d say so – love the capelet, cardie, neckwarmer and clapotis.

Edit: And …

  • Crafty Angels – Chris from Chicago, who lives not only gluten free, but also free from dairy, and egg, and wheat, and garlic, and onion, and more, apparently! I can’t imagine having to do without garlic and onions …
  • Jesh Knits – Jesh, who has a couple of free patterns for River Tam and Simon Tam (hats) on her site. I think I’d look great in a Simon Tam …

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Lucy is the mother of a coeliac, and has been managing a gluten free diet for her daughter for 20 years - though, to be fair, she does do most of it herself now...

23 thoughts on “Just for fun: gluten free knitting”

  1. Hi Sasha – thanks for joining in! I had no idea there was an ‘official’ gluten free knitter/crocheter group on Ravelry … I know of Ravelry, even though I’m not a knitter any more.

  2. Hi Chris – thanks for visiting! I’ve really enjoyed looking through all these gf knitting blogs … (I’ve just been over to visit Celia’s site – I love the idea of a pyjama day)

  3. Hi Brigitte. In answer to the question you most recently posed on your blog:

    He avoided meeting the wretched gaze of the large moth-eaten stag whose decapitated head had been hung above the stairs.

    Sentence 5, page 161 of One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson.

    Not perhaps quite as profound as your book?

  4. Hi! I am also a gf knitter. my blog isn’t just about knitting or food though, and lately neither are appearing much as i’m back in school. But, I do post recipes often, in between my rantings. :)

  5. Hi Gaile – I’m glad you dropped by. There was no internet in my college days either, and I earned some extra money as a post-grad typing up people’s theses in WordPerfect on an Apricot, and temping using WordStar. Anyone remember those? Or Apricots? Like you, I must be at least 983 in geek years … the great thing about having learnt WordStar is that HTML is exactly the same. Nothing is ever wasted!

    Sheltie Girl, I didn’t know you were a knitter – so many hidden talents out there! (Your lemon meringue is beautifully presented as always – looks like fancy restaurant cooking – so you’re obviously steeped in creativity)

    And hello Andrea! (Love those reindeer antler toggles). Its heroic enough doing a PhD (know that – been there), but in a foreign language? How on earth are you coping with being gluten free?

  6. Yep, I was diagnosed here (clinical diagnosis based on stupendous dietary response and both father and grandfather are celiac. Then as a surprise bonus going GF cured my 20+ year, progressively worsening asthma!). I don’t speak all that much german but I have an exceedingly bizarre vocuabulary now. There doesn’t seem to be any comprehensive labelling law–a few brands have started adding standardized allergen warnings, though. I’m mostly doing the back to basics (no packaged food unless it is the GF stuff from the health food store).

    I’ve encountered a revealing irony–while celiac is supposedly better known here in the medical community (my lone datapoint doesn’t bear this up, however), the product range is far more developed in the US. We Americans are world class at figuring out how to make a buck off something–a talent I am eagerly looking forward to indulging in: the masses of Bob’s Red Mill and the dozens of GF cracker varieties I longingly gaze at on US websites will all be mine. My Precious….

  7. Hi Liz – what is an FO? I’m guessing it means ‘finished object’, but I’m not sure …

    Andrea, I think I have to agree with you. It seems like America has a wide range of excellent GF products …

  8. Hi Chris … I’ve learnt about the Mother Bear project from your blog. This looks fabulous. Are there sister projects in other countries, or do all bears get sent to Minneapolis?

    Do the rest of you gluten free knitters know about the Mother Bear project?

  9. Oooh, I’m glad I stumbled across this. I’m another gluten free knitter (and blogger), although I don’t talk about being gluten free on my blog as much as I’d like. I should start posting recipes and such. hmm.

  10. Hi Jesh. Another thing I’ve noticed is how many gluten free knitters have cats … serious venn diagram needed here I think.

    How on earth do you manage to knit socks in calc class? I’d end up in a horrible muddle with both!

  11. Hi,

    I hope it is okay to post this here, especially since it’s been a couple years since this blog appeared.

    I just started a gluten free knitting blog at knittingisglutenfree.com/wp — I was soooo happy to find this list of fellow gluten free knitters. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I can’t wait to explore them all. Gluten free knitters are fun folks. :)

    Great site here. I just joined today.


  12. Thank you so much for publishing links to fellow gluten-free knitting bloggers! I’m having a ball looking at the sites. It’s nice to know there are so many wonderful GF knitters out there (but of course, if they’re knitters, they’d HAVE to be wonderful).

    I’ve subscribed, and I look forward to more!

    Kindest regards and best wishes,

  13. Hi Lee

    Always good to meet another gluten free knitter… Camp KIP sounds like fun, and Cedar Creek looks lovely

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