This weekend we traveled north to visit friends at our old hometown Umeå. The local SCA group had an event, se we had a great weekend with a mix of old and new friends, medieval archery, feasts and a bit of work, since I brought my small shop with me.
Thank you everyone who came by to shop; thanks to your support we get to visit all lovely events!
During Saturday we were outside practicing archery, it was a little below freezing, with a cold wind blowing. I though I brought enough clothing, with a thin woolen dress, a wool jacket, and my brown wool coat, but the wind managed to sneak inside the layers of clothing and I soon became chilled.
This really got me thinking, since I plan to go to medieval Christmas in Visby in the middle of December. Maybe I need to make a warmer coat with a lining and closure at the front? I am also going to bring my hood, better socks, and a woolen layer of underclothing. And woolen veils. Yeah, that will probably do the trick!
Are you going to a medieval or historical event during the winter season too? Here is some tips I have for keeping warm (they were published 4 years ago in a Swedish version then) I also wrote this post in Swedish about keeping warm.
- Layers are really nice, and loose layers will create isolation thanks to the air between them.
- The choice of materials; silk and wool will warm you even if wet, while cotton and linen will cool you. Wear you wool dress or tunic against your skin, or add a thin modern layer of wool underclothing.
- Fur is very warm, even a trim will keep the warm air inside the garments and warm you.
- Leather is not warm at all (don’t trust the fantasy movies) but protects against wind if worn over woolen layers.
- Do not let the weather chill your skin, protect hands, face and head. You lose lots of warmth from the head, chest and shoulder area, so a hood can make quite the difference! Use it as a way to adjust your temperature; take of when indoors, put on if cold.
- Isolate your feet from the ground. Cold ground or wet feet will make you cold. Use woolen socks, and if you have medieval shoes a pair of pattens (wooden soles) will protect you. I often wear modern shoes to winter events to be sure I will stay warm enough.
- If standing still in a market something on the ground will help you keep warm; straw, a woolen blanket, a sheepskin, a wooden board. Anything is better than nothing!
- Wind chills you down; if it is windy or rainy another layer will help you keep warm, like a thick cloak, coat, shawl or a wool blanket.
- As a woman it is the right time to be fashionable; headwear like veils and wimples will keep you warm. Even silk and linen veils will warm you and protect you from winds.
- Eat and drink lots to get energy to warm yourself. Tea, hot chocolate, snacks; whatever you fancy!
- When going indoors; remove some layers of clothing to get warm, but not too warm. To go in and out without undressing will only chill you further.
- Already cold? Go on a brisk walk to make the movement warm you, do a little dance, or just jump up and down. Movement and energy intake (snacks!) makes your body produce heat.
Thats it- with some more planning I think I will do great during this winter!
05/11/2018 at 17:26
You are so lucky to live in Sweden… We don’t have such gorgeous events down here in Spain. At least we (I mean my Scandinavian re-enactment group) could attend Wolin this year. But I also would love to take part in events in “Winterfell”. 🙂
06/11/2018 at 19:32
Oh, wow- it sure sounds nice to live in Spain (certainly now with the cold season coming) but I hope you will be able to attend an event in Sweden someday, we are very friendly =)
08/11/2018 at 15:40
Well, Spain is a really nice place to live, but for me heat is horrible. I was in Norway a few years ago, a the end of the winter, and I felt like in paradise. Sure it’s different when you live there… It would be great to attend an event up there in Sweden, yes. And please let me know if some day you plan to come to Spain. We even could show you our viking camp: https://bjornlandhirdenglish.wordpress.com/vestborg/. 🙂