Friday, December 02, 2016


Sheep were raised in many parts of Newfoundland, and women often spun wool and knitted garments, including this type of mittens for their families.

They are a cross between a mitt and a glove, constructed with a separate compartment for the index finger in addition to the usual thumb and remaining fingers. They were used by men while fishing or sealing, and allowed the movement of a glove with much of the warmth of a mitt. A man would wear out a pair in a single winter, so very few have survived.

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