Stress-Combating Fiber Arts …

For years I’ve appreciated that my fiber arts – particularly knitting and weaving – can combat stress and/or anxiety.  Since 45 entered the White House, my fingers have only reluctantly picked up my needles or warped my looms.  However, I have more thoroughly explored another kind of fiber.

pexels-photo-226615.jpegI have three different kinds of wild yeasts (sourdoughs) in my refrigerator, and one of the hall closets is now filled with food-safe storage tubs filled with different organic grains that I grind, sift (or not) and bake with.

Here are some pictures!  (If you click any of the pictures, you can read a brief description of each baked item.)

I am regularly asked how Thor and I stay thin though our kitchen regularly smells (and now looks) like a professional bakery.  Having 45 in the White House has put a damper on my appetite.  In the late afternoon we start listening to and watching national and international news, which makes it difficult for me to stomach much food after that point in the day.  Our country’s political chaos hasn’t killed Thor’s appetite, so in order that he doesn’t overindulge we share my baked goodies – with friends, neighbors, medical providers, the folks who order my organic grains, repair people, landscapers, etc.

The next post I will share some pictures of the other fiber work.  🙂  I’ve been working a fair amount with Lopi (in various weights) my absolute most favorite yarn to knit with.  I will put aside the Lopi once there is no snow left on the hills near us, which is the time the local farmers say it’s safe to starting planting.


Several friends have said they’re waiting for me to start ripping up our yard to plant grains.  Nahhh, I don’t think that will happen; Thor is sure to stop me if I tried.  (That said, I did look into it – but don’t tell Thor!)



About sweatyknitter

Fiber art devotee, author, and amateur artisan bread baker.
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19 Responses to Stress-Combating Fiber Arts …

  1. salpal1 says:

    HC has so much baggage, deserved or not – that it was very hard to get people to believe she was the right person for the job. No one was looking at policy positions and they sure should have been. And our friendly neighborhood Natasha Fatale and friends interfering with our election did not help.


  2. Never fear yeast! 🙂 The LWV is a good group.


  3. Thank you … tasty too!

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  4. Too much bread and goodies can do that … 🙂


  5. Don’t be such a stranger … 🙂

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  6. Yes indeed … my neighbors think it’s great too!


  7. And the people who thought “anyone” would be better than HC truly flummox me!

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  8. Thank you. 🙂 There’s nothing like a kitchen that smells like a bakery!

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  9. Of course I’ll share … most of my baking starts out following (or least sort of) a recipe but thereafter it’s always a bit different depending on what I feel like doing. Let me know which recipe interests you and I’ll direct you to its starting point!


  10. streepie says:

    Sorry to hear that Mr 45 causes you so much distress!

    But a great way to combat stress (and all that kneading and hitting the dough is surely therapeutical). Would you mind sharing some of the recipes?

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  11. Emma says:

    Oh my goodness so much amazing yummy food here ❤ everything looks so great

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  12. salpal1 says:

    45 has caused us to declare news-free weekends. And knitting and spinning happen all the time, but especially when hearing about what his Tweetness has done now. Hard to believe that voters were worried what Bernie Sanders would do to our democracy. Please pass the bread, it looks delicious.

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  13. polwygle says:

    Your bread slice looks genius. Do you recommend it? I am looking to get one soon and I haven’t come across that design in my searches.

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  14. Oh, yum. I love to bake, too. Sharing baked goods is a great way to not eat them all ourselves!

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  15. Marit says:

    Good for you! Can’t wait to sample some more of your great goodies!!! 🙂

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  16. Susan Mckee-Nugent says:

    42 lbs later haha and love that ‘spread’.

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  17. Everything looks delicious. I’ve never baked bread, partly fear of yeast, and also fear of eating way too much. I too since 45 have been seeking ways to relieve stress and still knit like crazy, needlepoint, cook for friends, and practice yoga. Getting outside helps too. Also involved with local League of Women Voters helping to register voters and talk to students about why voting matters.
    Keep it up!

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