Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Try it Tuesday & Review {The Broken Circle by Cheryl Potter}

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"Try it Tuesday & Review."
Today, I have a special book to share with all of you. Have you joined your library's summer program yet? If not, check out your local library for more information. I love my local library! Of course, I signed up for the summer reading program. It is definitely motivating! Summer is the best time to catch up on your reading especially if you are going on many vacations and lying around by the pool.
This time, I had the opportunity of reading
The Broken Circle
by Cheryl Potter
Book One of the Potluck Yarn Trilogy
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.  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.
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.  The workbook includes analytical reasoning questions, critical reading questions, discussion prompts, and vocabulary words for each chapter. 
The Broken Circle  is traditionally published and hits stores June 3rd, just in time for great Summer reading! http://www.amazon.com/The-Broken-Circle-Knitting-Witches/dp/0985635002/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1367267904&sr=8-1&keywords=the+broken+circle
Cheryl Potter's love for knitting began at age eight when she created a lime green-and-yellow striped T-shirt with a sparkle yarn called Dazzle Working part time for various yarn shops, she knit her way through Middlebury Collage in Vermont. In graduate school she was heavily influenced by Kaffe Fassett, who inspired her first set of hand-dyed color ways.

After earning her master of fine arts degree at the University of Arizona, Cheryl returned to Vermont and founded a hand-painted yarn company called Cherry Tree Hill, the name of her mountaintop farm. In an old milk house, she dyed and designed wearable art garments until she was discovered by Interweave Knits magazine in 1997. Cherry Tree Hill yarns are now sold in hundreds of stores all over the world, and Cheryl's work regularly appears in magazines and catalogs, as well as on television. Today she is best known for her innovative color ways, painted on a variety of natural and synthetic fibers.

During her years as a fiber artist Cheryl has been a prolific writer and teacher of workshops that focus on fiber, color and texture. Her first published book in the field is called Handpaint Country, and was done with the photography skills of Alexis Xenakis. The most recent, Skein for Skein is her sixth book. She's working now on an E-book Called Potluck yarn that's free to read online at www.potluckyarn.com. Come to www.cherryyarn.com to see her work or read her blog.
In my opinion:
I absolutely love to knit so it was fun to see the different knitting projects at the end of each chapter. This book was a fun fantasy novel. However, it was very descriptive so if was a little hard to understand. It is definitely a book I will have to re-read again. I loved the fantasy world that Cheryl Potter created. The book also included a list of the characters as well as a map so you could follow along and know exactly where they are in the story. This is the first book in the series so I'm looking forward to reading the next book to find out what happens next. The Broken Circle is a great novel for any yarn lover as well as anyone who loves fantasy.
One of my wonderful readers will receive a copy of The Broken Circle
 {This is a Rafflecopter giveaway so please be patient}
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services for free in the hope that I would mention them on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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