pattern's on my blog. :D
Not particularly! :) The gusset was a little fiddly but other than that they weren't any more difficult than regular stockinette socks.
gluten's the protein in wheat, rye, and barley (similar to lactose in milk), which a significant portion of the population is intolerant to. like me :) so I have to avoid all regular flours, cookies, cakes, pasta, bread, etc. I end up doing a lot of cooking myself because of it.
nope! just strips of paper.
if I want to use them as beads I usually seal them with sparkly nail polish.