- The Broken Circle: yarns of the Knitting Witches
- The Secrets of the Crystal Caves
- The Healing Circle
Amazingly, I made it through the first 100 pages, during my 5 hours in the ER, and I was intrigued. Now, you must imagine an ER cubicle. It was busy, with people coming and going in the hallway, but the plot kept my attention. It is a must-read for knitters, as the story weaves together a number of elements and images that sustain a lovely tapestry. Also, Cheryl Potter has created and designed, and posted for sale on the web, patterns for items that feature in each chapter.
|One of our hospice |
The book includes a map, and a character list, which helped me out, being a bit stressed in my ER cubicle. At the time, I found it difficult to picture the characters. I wondered if I'd missed something along the way and went back to the early chapters, where the painting of the characters usually take place. I was unable to paint a picture of them in my mind's eye. Whilst the landscape and the climate in this difficult era is quite bleak, I realized that there are few actual descriptions. It is a contrast between the bleakness of the times, and the colourful language.
|My blog buddy's scarab|
(Used with permission)
With strong female protagonists, all named for colours, introduced in each chapter
The editors have included several black and white drawings, which supports the colourful crafty book, but I found it difficult picturing each individual character as they are introduced chapter-by-chapter. It might just be me!
If working with students on this book (download the student workbook), I'd have much fun incorporating and integrating art, language studies, map making, character illustration, colour wheels, and the like. I must admit that there are some colours I had never heard of, which would appeal to those gifted artists each classroom seems to happily possess.
The vocabulary, including various colours, is amazing: logwood, cochineal, indigo, rosewood, marigold, jet, aubergine, fire opal, ruby garnet, crystalized amber.
The swearing is a hoot: "Shards!"
"What in cracked crystal...!"
"By the shards and cracked crystal which made them," Indigo swore.
"Heavenly hand knits!"
It is a story one would have to be careful with, as some families eschew the notion of witches, let alone knitting witches. There is some embibing of liquid and smoked substances, which is a reality in some lives. One better addressed than ignored.
It is an empowering story, one that hearkens back to the days of yore, when women, druids, magic and cloaks of invisibility make for intrigue.
|Knitting hospice volunteers|
They have created a video of still photographs, which sadly had an ad before it, not so good when you are having to buy the books, and patterns. I'm not sure it adds to the flavour of the book.
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.
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