The Broken Circle is the first book in a new young adult, crossover, fantasy trilogy by Cheryl Potter, one of the foremost experts in the world of knitting, dyes, and patterns. This first book follows the story of twelve knitting witches through adventures fraught with mayhem and mischief. Twenty years have passed since the fire beneath the great dyepot was lit and the circle was complete. Now, the inhabitants 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. 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.
Cheryl Potter is a fiber artist and author, but is best known as the founder of Cherry Tree Hill Yarn. She has a BA from Middlebury College and an MFA from the University of Arizona. After earning her Master of Fine Arts degree, Cheryl began dyeing yarn and designing garments an old milk house on her farm on Cherry Tree Hill in East Montpelier, Vermont.
There she was discovered by Interweave Press in 1987 and was featured that same year in Interweave Knits magazine. Since that time she has designed for all of the major knitwear publications and taught handpaint classes all over the world. She has authored numerous magazine articles, designed colorways and patterns and is the author of 8 books. riding-horses Her most recent effort is the first book of the Potluck Yarn Trilogy called The Broken Circle: Yarns of the Knitting Witches.
When not knitting or writing, Cheryl is in the dye studio creating new colorways on natural fiber yarns using the magical dry crystals of the knitting witches. cheryl-dye2After abstaining from teaching for a number of years, she is once again giving readings, signing books and offering trunk shows and classes both at her Hanson Farm Retreat Center in Vermont and at a limited amount of yarn shops, book stores and fiber festivals as well as hosting webinars and online classes.
Cheryl and her husband Tim live on an old riverfront dairy farm with their horses and dogs. Tim is an avid fisherman and recently broke a Vermont record for the largest river trout, a 6 pound brown he caught behind the house. When not working on renovations at their new retreat center, they spend time at their small mountain cabin in the Prescott National Forest in Arizona.
Publisher: Potter Press
Publisher: Potter Press