Mittens are finished! It just took a few evenings of TV watching to complete the pair. They are thick and sturdy -- I wore them out today, but it wasn't cold enough and I ended up taking them off. These are mid-winter snowman-building mittens. Have a closer look at one:
That photo alone makes me want to go outside and make a snowball. I used most of a 100g ball of worsted-weight 100% wool; there's probably enough left over for a through-the-sleeves i-cord, if one were so inclined.
It's tricky at best to photograph mittens on one's own hands (Dear Santa: A tiny tripod, please!), so instead I have a perspective-challenging shot for you:
This is now my default mitten pattern. They may have had less yarn to work with in the postwar years, but they knew it was worth using a little more for a sturdy mitten that will probably outlive its knitter.