This time the pretzels had to be gluten-free + rather than searching for a gluten-free specific recipe, I used this one (substituting Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1 GF flour for the regular flour). We also kept the baking soda/water solution boiling while dipping. Our dough lacked stretchiness, but it worked.
We lack many of the special tools we saw used for pretzel making online. Rather than going out + buying things or deciding we couldn't make the recipe, we made do just fine with what we have. No standing mixer with dough hook...a wooden spoon + a little extra kneading by hand works fine. No nifty wooden handled wire straining spoon...our regular spatula worked fine. No egg wash brush...our fingers worked fine. No coarse sea salt...regular table salt tastes just as salty. Our minimal kitchen keeps us creative + reminds us that we have enough.