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If you're the sort to be distracted by pretty pictures, for whatever reason the 2001 annual report from the power station company Landsvirkjun in Iceland, has decorated it with lots and lots of photos of historic Icelandic items, including on page 23 [PDF] a naalbinded mitten. (Or page 11 of the English version.)

This particular mitten was first discovered in 1889 and described in 1895. Margarethe Hald wrote an article about it. In Ancient Danish Textiles it was classed as Type IIa (aka Oslo stitch [PDF]). Everything I've read dates it to the landnám period, usually the 10th century.

There is much much more written about this mitten than the mitten from Akranes that was discovered in 1895. :(
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