It’s cold here (well, it is December!) and the gloves are on. Experience tells me that the lovely new gloves will be lost, mislaid, kicked under the sofa or left in the car (or even worse the school cloakroom) and I’m fed up of it. It costs a surprising amount for a little set of Peppa Pig or Avengers hat, scarf and gloves and I refuse to fork out for any more this winter. (I know, I could have knitted or crocheted them but, well, I just haven’t!)
MrCraft and I talked about this and recalled our childhoods, when back in the 80s our parents definitely wouldn’t have paid out for more gloves as money, on the whole, was fairly tight. (Not to mention that our gloves were most probably made by our grandma’s, who wouldn’t have been impressed!) We both remembered having mittens on strings and decided that it worked exceptionally well. (If you can forget about the hazards associated with little boys removing their gloves from their coats and lassooing their friends!)
I bought some elastic for a grand total of 80p and attached both children’s gloves to a carefully measured length before threading them through the sleeves of their coats. My daughter (who is going through the independent but incompetent phase and refuses help but gets her knickers in a knot when it goes wrong) was most impressed and has been parading around the house in her coat and mittens. My son was a little befuddled about why I was doing this to his brand new gloves, but has accepted it is for the best.
Have you ever seen the lost property box in a primary school? It’s like a graveyard for gloves, none of which have a friend. My children may look like a 1980s throwback with their elasticated gloves but at least we may still have both of them until the end of winter!
Do you have any tips or tricks (I cannot bring myself to use the term ‘life hacks’) from your childhood which you still use today? And did you have your gloves on strings? Feel free to share your awesome hints!