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Potluck Yarn The Broken Circle

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“In my opinion, this book is worthy of being compared to classics like Lord of the Rings and Chronicles of Narnia or to more recent tiles like Harry Potter. I am excited to read the second book of the series now that I have read the first, cover to cover. I would also love it if this series gets a large following and becomes epic movie trilogy as well. It is a very good read that both knitters and fantasy readers will love. You do not have to be a knitter to enjoy this book.” [more]

Eccentric Eclectic Woman Blog Spot


Everyone knows yarn and the things we make from it are magic, but master dyer Cheryl Potter, founder of Cherry Tree Hill Yarn, takes things a step further with her enchanting fantasy novel…And there’s something more. Amid the adventure (Will they find Skye Blue’s mother, seized by soldiers and spirited off?), the mystery (Exactly what is Trader hiding, and why?) and the betrayal (Tasman stole the magic crystals! Now she’s the dark queen!), there are the patterns.

Yes, patterns… [more]

Mary Mooney, The Oregonian / Oregon Live


Barton, VT Chronicle Review

“Potter spins yarn of magic…Ms. Potter creates a lively community of women, talented bu flawed. Their journey to Bordertown is fraught with peril, but the women meet the dangers with cleverness rather than force.”

— Joseph Gresser, Barton Chronicle Review


“The Broken Circle, by Cheryl Potter, is only the beginning, and what an intriguing beginning it is. Potter has crafted a magical world and a colorful (sometimes literally) cast of characters for Book 1 of The Potluck Yarn Trilogy.” [more]

Cook Scrap Craft Blog Spot


The Broken Circle: Yarns of the Knitting Witches was a great entertaining read and the perfect way to relax and unwind after a busy week of work. Any woman, young or old, that loves fantasy stories, engaging characters or even just knitting is sure to love this new series from Cheryl Potter. While your head is in another land, your hands will be reaching for those knitting needles!” [more]

Mommy Kat and Kids


“…how could I not want to read a book, and a book about knitting witches?!?!

The Broken Circle sends you to a long ago time when knitting, spinning, tending sheep and making medicinal tinctures were a common day thing. For a person like me who would love to believe this all still happens on a daily basis is great.” [more]

– Holly I Like It Frantic – The Broken Circle


“You are going to love this book, actually two books. The first is a novel, a fantasy about knitting witches. Characters step out from behind the dye shed, or knock over a dye table, shawls and capes are pulled around cold shoulders, fiber references are everywhere…I love it when a project has a background story!”

Terri — Knit & Nosh Hey Knitters


“I love fantasy fiction and I love knitting and fiber. These two worlds collide in Cheryl Potter’s book, The Broken Circle: Yarns of the Knitting Witches that is the first book in her new fiber-fantasy trilogy. In the past, I’ve been hesitant to read prose books that are about knitting because, in many cases, I’ve found the writing quality to be lacking as if a publisher thought, “let’s put knitting into a book because those knitters will buy anything.” Cheryl’s book (along with only a few others I’ve read over the years), avoids that problem because Cheryl knows how to write–and how to craft an exciting, engaging story. The characters are fleshed out and believable and the knitting and fiber art, as well as the magic of the witches, is well integrated into the world of the Potluck Yarn trilogy. What makes The Broken Circle unique in the knitting genre is that it’s not dependent upon the knitting content to succeed and it is a fully-developed fantasy novel. There’s even a detailed map included, in color in the pattern book and in black-and-white in the novel. The novel is also illustrated with top-quality drawings that just add an extra level of realism to the magic of the tale being told.

There’s also a companion pattern book. I love having these in two separate volumes for several reasons: First, some people will only want the novel and others will only want the pattern. Second, you can buy one book in print and one as an ebook if, for example, you prefer to have your knitting patterns on your iPad and a paper novel to read on the beach.

I can’t wait for the second part of the trilogy and the next set of patterns to come out!”

Donna Druchunas Author


“This isn’t a book just for kids, or knitters, or fantasy readers. This is a really good story, which requires a bit of patience and thought to appreciate. I would recommend this book to anybody, and if it gets them interested in the meaning and magic of fiber and dyeing, so much the better.” [more]

Anne Berk AnneTarsiaKnits.com An Entertaining Yarn


“Ms. Potter has skillfully avoided the two dangers of writing a novel about witches. The magic practiced in the book is not dark or Satanic nor do the witches say corny spells. The witches are sort of like skilled chemists or professors, which makes them fascinating and complex…You don’t have to be a knitter to enjoy this book…There are many knitting-related references in the book. The book also skews toward a female audience. The witches are strong women, who may not be perfect, but have the confidence, sense of humor and wisdom gained with age.”

Anne Briggs Ruly Bookshelf: The Broken Circle, Yarns of the Knitting Witches by Cheryl Potter


Nugglemama's Handful Summer Reading Recommendations From My Kids

Nugglemama’s Handful Summer Reading Recommendations From My Kids

“The Broken Circle is the first book in a new trilogy by Cheryl Potter, one of the foremost experts in the world of knitting, dyes, and patterns…the inhabitants of the Middlelands face a danger worse than any can remember…with female protagonists and strong male characters introduced along the way, The Broken Circle introduces themes of family relationships, coming of age, tough decision making, and so much more.” [more]

– Julia Gabriel – Nugglemama’s Handful – Summer Reading Recommendations from My Kids


“From the moment I cracked the cover and read the Introduction, I realized that this book was not quite one that I had ever run across before. On the surface, The Broken Circle is a fantasy novel about a group of witches who draw power from the magical knit garments that they wear…Overall, the story of a group of ill-matched people that save the world as they know it, isn’t a new one, but this felt like a fresh young take on the old misfits on a journey story-line. [more]

–Mama MarilynA Lot of Loves


“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

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