Found in a Newfoundland field, these well-mended “tumgluttons” were used for hunting and fishing. Notice how three fingers are kept together for warmth, while the index finger and thumb are allowed to move freely. These mittens maintain heat better when wet, so fishermen dipped them in warm salt water with their hands still inside.

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Why did the donor of these mittens refer to them as “tumgluttons” – what is the origin of this name?

responded: Nov 2, 2010

Posted by Sandy Syrett

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Does anyone know how to go about donating hand knit garments to the Textile Museum of Canada? I have a friend whose mother was a professional knitter for several Niagara Falls gift shops years ago and if the one sweater I've seen is any indication, the collection my friend has of his mother's work is really outstanding. He has no family to give them to and it would be a tragedy if they were left to languish and eventually rot away. I suggested he donate them to a museum and he really liked the idea that his mother's talent might be acknowledged. How do I go about it? Thanks for your help. Sandy Syrett

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