The subtitle of The Broken Circle is Yarns of the Knitting Witches. A lot of people have asked me what that really means. Am I talking about yarns you knit with or stories people tell?
The true answer is both. When the witches refer to yarns as legend, they are talking about stories of the First Folk, which they often call the Tales of Old.
In book one of the Potluck Yarn Trilogy, we meet Mamie Verde who is the Keeper of the Tales. When the apprentice witches were young, she told them tales of the First Folk, the ancient people who lived before them. The Tales of Old are a cycle of stories meant to teach caution, for the First Folk used magic crystals to meddle with Nature and through their own folly, died in ice as the world quietly froze around them.
The other yarns in the book are created by the knitting witches themselves when they dye fiber with magic crystals and spin it into yarn. They then knit the yarn into enchanted garments with special qualities that help them with simple tasks in their daily lives. Sierra never loses her way, for example, for her Secret Socks know where to go.
Spinning yarn also refers to telling tall tales, which the bard Miles from Nowhere is fond of, as you see in both books one and book two. Sierra is also a storyteller and she is known for telling tales while actually spinning yarn on her spinning wheel before the fire at night.