When I think of mittens, I think of cuddly, cozy warmth; but the few times I’ve actually worn them, I felt like they weren’t as warm as gloves. I was under the impression that the heat from each finger would add to the other, thereby creating a cocoon of warmth. What I feel like happened was exactly the opposite.
I don’t know… maybe it’s because I don’t have very good circulation. What actually happened to me was that the tips of my fingers got cold so it was a cocoon of frozen fingers rather than heat. I literally had to fist up my hands inside the mittens in order to try and get them warm.
I sometimes do that with gloves too. I’ll pull my fingers into the middle and make a fist to get my fingers warm. It’s pretty funny when all the glove fingers flop around. What isn’t funny is that the tips of the gloves get cold so when I put my fingers back in, it undoes the warmth I created when I fisted my hands.
I don’t know why, but I’ve been so cold today and I can only drink so much coffee. My coworker offered to let me use her space heater, but I always think those are worse than just being cold. It gets that one little space you’re sitting in super warm, but when you get up, it’s freezing! I’d never leave my desk and that would not be good for my bladder or anyone else in the office, really.
It’s kind of the same idea of putting my hands in fists to keep them warm. At that point, I’m pretty much stuck keeping them that way until I get somewhere warm because putting them back into the finger holes is just cold, cold torture.
Now that I’m thinking about it, maybe I’ve just never found the right kind of mittens. Maybe I need them to be lined with layers of soft fuzzy material – like slippers, but for your hands!