The Dreams of Otters
7.5 (10.5, 7.5) in / 19 (26.5, 19) cm wide; 31 (34, 61.5) in / 78.5 (86.5,
156) cm long
The Farmer’s Daughter Fibers Oh Dang! (74% Suri Alpaca, 26% silk; 328 yds/300 m per 1.76 oz./ 50 g): 1 (2, 2) skeins (shown in Ghost Dance) (Colour A), AND
The Farmer’s Daughter Fibers Soka’pii (100% Rambouillet wool; 248 yds/227 m per 1.76 oz/50 g): 2 (3, 4) skeins (shown in Mr. Pocket) (Colour B)
US 4/3.5 mm or size needed for correct gauge, in your preferred format for working small circumference in the round, AND
Two spare circular needles for 3-needle bind off: US4/3.5 mm or smaller, 16 in/40 cm or longer
32 sts & 34 rows = 4 in/10 cm in stranded colourwork in the round
*Exact gauge is not essential, but differences in gauge will affect size and yarn requirements.*
2 different stitch markers (one for end and one for middle of round), 1 removable marker, scrap yarn, yarn needle; tools for your preferred provisional cast on
About the yarns
The Farmer’s Daughter Fibers Soka’pii (pronounced Sue-copy) is a light fingering weight 100% Rambouillet wool single ply yarn. The yarn is very springy with some variation in thickness, giving a matte fabric with an interesting texture, excellent stitch definition, and good memory. Soka’pii’s structure makes for a yarn that works well at a range of gauges.
The Farmer’s Daughter Fibers Oh Dang! is an extremely soft, hand dyed Suri alpaca/silk blend. Technically a laceweight yarn, Oh Dang! has a very high halo from the alpaca, which fills in the stitches even at a very loose gauge for its weight.
If substituting yarns, choose a high-halo laceweight and a fingering weight or two light fingering to fingering weight yarns that give you a fabric you like at the pattern’s gauge. The amount of yarn needed will vary depending on the yarns used: a high-halo yarn like Oh Dang! will cover more area per yard/metre than a more solid yarn like Soka’pii. If substituting similar yarns, you will need approximately 320 (491, 634) yds/293 (449, 580) m of the Oh Dang! substitute and 424 (651, 841) yds/388 (595, 769) m of the Soka’pii substitute.