Potluck Yarn is a new trilogy by Cheryl Potter combining fantasy with fiber. Follow the twelve knitting witches through adventures fraught with mayhem and mischief and knit your way through 21 patterns as the Potluck witches seek to save their world. Twenty years have passed since the fire beneath the great dyepot was lit and the circle was complete. Now, the folk of the Middlelands face a danger worse than any can remember.
Darkness and chaos threaten to destroy the delicate balance of the natural world, and the magic of the dye crystals that have always been a way of life, and a great source of power for the people, has been outlawed.
“This is a powerful book for female readers. The main characters are all realistic, well-developed females. The lessons learned throughout the story provide solid values. And, for people interested in diving deeper, parents and teachers can use the story to drive discussion, learn vocabulary, deepen analytical reasoning, and more, using the workbook available at potluckyarn.com.” [more]
–Ms. Bekah Jorgensen Motherhood Moment
“The Broken Circle introduces themes of family relationships, coming of age, tough decision making, and so much more…In the spirit of learning, there is an incredibly interactive website with a complimentary reading guide workbook that is available for free download at: www.potluckyarn.com. The workbook is a fantastic learning tool for independent readers as well as for parents and educators. [more]
–Ms. Emilee Reynolds Sweetly Made (Just for You)
“This is a book that I found myself lost in, almost from the start. I have read a lot of fantasy novels, and this one is a really good example of how the genre should be done. Potter weaves an entire world and all of its lore into this book, and yet it is all is easy to read and quite engaging.” [more]
–Ms. Amy Nelson Games Fiends
“To weave and knit is to create, an act with its own weight behind it. “The Broken Circle: Yarns of the Knitting Witches” is a twist of fantasy and needlework from Cheryl Potter, who provides an original twist of the battle between good and evil, weaving some magic and telling the legends of the Middlelands and the strike against the nastiness that lurks under it. “The Broken Circle” is a strong addition to fantasy collections for young adults, much recommended.”
– James A. Cox Editor-in-Chief Midwest Book Review
“In full disclosure, I was gifted this book by the author, Cheryl Potter, one of my Stitch Sprouts designers.
I don’t usually enjoy ‘knitting” fiction.’ Something about it always seems fake. The knitting feels forced and can even take away from the story. The characters are typically flat and stereotypical; the situations are generally eye-roll worthy.
The Broken Circle, Yarns of the Knitting Witches is different. I loved reading this book! The entire fantastical world that Cheryl has created relies on knitting, dyeing, and fiber arts and so these things feel integrated, not added-on. The characters are well developed and interesting. Each has their own interesting story, and I want to know them all.
The plot of the story unfolds amidst colorful descriptions of hand-knits, fiber, and of course, the knitting witches. The world is in trouble and only the knitting witches have the power (maybe) to save it! Magic crystals, fantastical creatures, a war torn land, and clever women come together in this truly enjoyable yarn. The Broken Circle is the first of a trilogy and I’m anxiously awaiting the next installment to be finished so I can find out what happens next.
Along with the novel, a pattern booklet is available with projects inspired by items in the book. I think this is an ingenious addition and really brings the whole story together.”
Heather Zoppetti Stitch Sprouts
“Yarns of the Knitting Witches creates a whole world of mythology with knitting and it accoutrements at its center. Of course, we who are devotees of this craft already believe that it can save a world that is rushing toward disaster, but it took Cheryl to embody that faith in this highly ambitious undertaking. The Broken Circle, first book in the trilogy, is a good read with a fast moving plot rolling smoothly through a rich and varied landscape. Its knitted accessories, detailed in the accompanying pattern book, should give ample inspiration, especially to those who have yet to become knitters. I think the combo is a great idea and you definitely want the patterns separate because of the nature of patterns. Culinary mysteries can include recipes, but knitting patterns are more demanding.”
– Anna Zilboorg author of Knitting For Anarchists
“Not only is The Broken Circle a well-plotted fantasy, but Potter adds swoon-worthy descriptions of yarns and knitting projects that will have any knitter reaching for her needles. There is much to explore in this richly detailed world, enhanced not only by charming illustrations but by the companion book of knitting patterns!”
– Jessica Day George author of Tuesdays at the Castle
“The Potluck Yarn Trilogy is a brand-new way of looking at storytelling, the unique patterns and illustrations make this well-crafted tale.”
– Rachael Herron author of the international bestseller A Life in Stitches
You can purchase The Broken Circle and Companion Pattern book as both a paperback and digital download at The Official Potluck Shop HERE!