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My request arrived today, for:
Elsa E. Guðjónsson. 1994. "Barnavettlingar frá Heynesi" Gersemar og þarfaþing (Reykjavík: Þjóðminjasafn Íslands); 206-207.

There are only a few extra details that I didn't already know, so here they are in Icelandic and my (probably inaccurate) translation...


p. 206
Fléttuð ullarsnúra var saumað við hvorn vettlinginn; var greinilegt að hún hafði upprunalega verið heil og tengt vettlingana saman. Hefur þar sami háttur verið á hafður og tíðkast jafnvel enn í dag, að festa band víð vettlinga smábarna og þræða síðan gegnum ermarnar svo að þeir týnist síður, en augljóslega hafði það ekki komið að gagni hvað þessi vettlinga varðar....

Braided/plaited woollen cord was stitched to each mitten; it is clear that it had originally complete and had linked the mittens together. The same fashion is customary even today, to fix a cord to the mittens of little children and thread them through the sleeves so they are less [likely to be] lost. But obviously it was not useful for these particular mittens....

...Allur var vefnaður þessi fremur grófgerður, voru 7-9 þræðir á cm í uppistöðu, en 4-5 í ívafi..... Vaðmálið í vettlingunum er venju fremur smátt, um 12-15 þræðir á cm í uppistöðu og 8-9 í ívafi, en algengast virðist að í íslensku jarðfundu vaðmáli frá miðöldum séu 6-8 þræðir á cm í uppistöðu og 4-6 í ívafi.
...


... All the woven stuff was rather coarse, with the warp (uppistöðu) 7-9 threads per cm, and weft 4-5 threads per cm.... Mittens in vaðmál are usually rather fine, with warp threads 12-15 per cm and 8-9 in the weft, but most vaðmál found in Icelandic soils from the middle ages are 6-8 cm warp and 4-6 in the weft.
....


Still not the sort of (admittedly, strange) information I want, like mitten dimensions and how they were constructed, but confirmation that the cord is some sort of braiding is nice, too. :)
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