Somebody asked me recently how many projects I’ve got on the go right now, and I just looked at him and said, “Almost enough.”
It’s true that I’ve got a bumper crop of almost-ripe, juicy stuff nearby. I’m starting to want to finish some of them—the change of season always perks me up when it comes to unfinished objects.
So when the words Junko Okamoto floated across a Zoom call the other day, I zombied over to a treasured work in progress.
Papa is the Junko Okamoto design that has launched 400 projects on Ravelry—have a look if you want to see a lot of beautiful doodles.
Here’s where I am.
The chart is 50 rows x 90 stitches.
It repeats four times around the sweater. I decided to go with duplicate stitch rather than stranding this.
The long floats would not be a terrible thing to fool with, but I didn’t want the double thickness of stranded knitting. Also: I happen to like duplicate stitch and the slightly embossed look of it.
It’s counted cross stitch, basically. I basted the 50 x 90 rectangles for each repeat, then dove in.
This isn’t fast work, particularly, but it’s perfect with a good audiobook. (Shadows on the Rock by Willa Cather is in my ears right now. Who knew Willa Cather wrote a novel of 17th-century Quebec City?)
Duplicate stitch also means I’m not constantly spinning the work to do the rounds of stranding. I can keep it pretty still as I go.
I made four copies of the chart so I could cross off flowers as I finished them. (I’m telling you all this stuff because I know you’re just itching to start a Papa sweater yourself, and I want you to succeed.)
For those of you who don’t know Junko Okamoto, I heartily encourage you to go take a ramble through her designs. They’re incredible. I have a stretch goal of knitting them all, which puts me at .5 out of 44 at the moment.
I may just start wearing this thing around town. Add a stitch or two at a stoplight, whatever.
I kind of don’t want to finish it, I love this project so much.