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I'm still talking about this pair of mittens, and figuring out the mysteries of string...

I started off with a string that was long enough to run from wrist to wrist (which is that tiny bit too short to wear through jacket sleeves and across the back). For the last SCA event I went to, I tried tying it to my belt, but it was long and tangly and much more trouble than it was worth. Attaching them to my brooches, and then tucking the string into my belt was fine until I wanted to use the mittens. Then it became annoying and tangly again. (This might be something overcome with practice, but I suspect if you're working outside, even if you're all cute and child-sized, you don't want to tangle these strings in something.)

So, I went back to staring at the photo. I have no idea (and since it wasn't found by an archaeologist I doubt it was recorded) how long the cord originally was, and how big the gap between the intact pieces were. But it looks like the remaining cord is about three times the length of a mitten, and the break is in the first third. So, I scaled it up to my mittens* tied off the extra length of cord, and while I can't move my hands too far either side of my body, I can still reach out and grab things in front of me.

Fiddling about even more, if I attach them to tortoise brooches, or even better pin them to a cloak, they're sitting on one side of my body so the string needs to hang unevenly so I can still move easily. How did I fix that? By making a slip knot and passing that through the brooch pin, almost 1/3 of the way along the string. (It works slightly better on a cloak or coat, because if I want to extend my reach, the clothing moves more, while apron dresses are closer fitting.)

So, a bunch of assumptions later, and I can't prove or disprove anything, but shorter-stringed mittens pinned to the chest seem to work fairly well. Not as well as not having a string but if you don't want to lose them...

* I told this story at midwinter too, but the mittens I'm experimenting with really are children's mittens. They belonged to [ profile] aslan42 when he was 10 or so, but I'm guessing the Heynes mittens are even smaller. They apparently didn't survive an adventure to the snow very well, because they used to be knitted mittens. Now they're toasty-warm but very stiff and well-fulled mittens. Except for the cuffs which still have the outline of ribbing, they pass very well for medieval-oid mittens.

Edit: If you're a visual person, there is a quick photo here.


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