I test drove these yesterday, playing with light and shadow while the kids played in the deep snow in the garden.
I chose to work out the design in top down fashion, wanting to ensure that I didn't run out of the two skeins of Noro Kureyon I'd been saving (as it turns out, I needn't have worried.)
I generally need only a free index finger on each hand to manipulate dials and lenses; the gloved thumb is sufficient as a stabilizer. The problem with other convertible designs I've found is that the various holes and flaps invariably wind up leaving significant gaps for cold and precipitation when used as normal mittens. I wanted something that would keep me warm and dry on a long hike in cold and snowy conditions, and allow me to rapidly use my camera while exposing a minimum of bare flesh.
The index slit is constructed like a pocket, providing full coverage when not in use.
I'm pleased enough with these to write up the pattern, though I may combine that effort with my New Year's knitting resolution.
ETA: The pattern is now available here: Download Camera Mittens . The link is also in the right hand sidebar under Free Patterns.
I've had a brainwave to combine three different goals for the coming year:
- gift knitting throughout the year rather than at the last minute
- returning to the Patterns in Nature series
- taking the plunge into pattern writing
Fortuitously (for a year long resolution), there are 12 members of my immediate and extended family who I am inclined to knit for, approximately evenly divided between adults and children, male and female. Each month, I will select a photo taken that month, analyze the colours and patterns and translate it into a colourwork mitten pattern, to be published (hopefully) by mid month. Family can choose not to read the mitten posts if they wish, but no one will know until the big day which pair is theirs, so there will be an element of surprise regardless.
I'm thinking of offering the patterns for sale at a smallish fee, but including some sort of interesting "extra" related to the original photo. Still mulling over the details for that one. Thoughts?
Wishing you all a safe, happy, and love-filled New Year!