The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater is a memoir about life truths learned through crafting.People who craft know things. They know how to transform piles of yarn into sweaters and scarves. They know that some items, like woolen bikini tops, are better left unknit. They know that making a hat for a newborn baby isnt just about crafting something small but appreciating the beginnings of life, which sometimes helps make peace with the endings. They know that if you knit your boyfriend a sweater, your relationship will most likely be over before the last stitch.Alanna Okun knows that crafting keeps her anxiety at bay. She knows that no one will ever be as good a knitting teacher as her beloved grandmother. And she knows that even when we cant control anything else, we can at least control the sticks, string, and fabric right in front of us.Okun lays herself bare and takes readers into the parts of themselves they often keep hidden. Yet at the same time she finds humor in the daily indignities all crafters must face (like when you catch the dreaded Second Sock Syndrome and cant possibly finish the second in a pair). Okun has written a book that will speak to anyone who has said to themselves, or to everyone within earshot, I made that....
|Title||:||The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater: Essays on Crafting|
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The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater: Essays on Crafting Reviews
When an average person thinks of a knitter they think of a benevolent grandmother who gifts everybody in the family with ugly Christmas sweaters. Average crafters know that age is never a barrier for one who truly wishes to learn about the art of knitting, crocheting or any art. The point of the craft is to achieve inner peace, regardless of what particular field you enjoy. And every knitter knows that your relationship will be over by the time you are done knitting your boyfriend a sweater. Ala ...more
This short book of essays covers not just knitting but is a bit of a memoir too. The author is quite young so she doesn't have that much history to get into but her experiences with family, friends and boyfriends is fairly relatable and she is quite funny. I'm not a knitter or crafter but I do understand the satisfaction and peace that can be gained through creating something and sharing it with loved ones.
I listened to the audiobook version which is narrated by the author. Other than mispronou ...more
This one was just painful for me to listen to, so I gave up around the halfway mark.
Unlike Stephanie Pearl McPhee’s books, which tend to actually be about crafting, The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater seems to revolve around the author’s former boyfriends and unreasonably awesome friends.
Her life stories are not interesting enough, nor is her writing entertaining enough, to keep me interested.
Oh, what a wondrous book! ** I won an ARC in a GOODREADS giveaway.
Supremely heartfelt, a case both for examining your life more closely and picking up the ol' knitting needles.
I'm not going to read this book. But it looked like a fine addition to my new shelf of books that I will "admire from a distance" (and never touch). I like the premise, that building/creating things for your S.O. leads to unintended consequences. I have a feeling this works in mediums other than yarn.
I am not a knitter. I might start next year. I did once knit a very plain scarf that was too short, but I was flummoxed by connecting a new skein of yarn.
Alanna is a knitter. In fact, she's a KNITTER, all caps. She knits forever and always and in every situation. She is in her twenties and moving to New York City and getting a new job and dating. And in these series of memoir-essays, she covers all of this, and knitting. And a few other crafts. Her mother is also crafty, which they put to good u ...more
I received an advanced copy at the New York Sheep and Wool Festival, Miss Okun even inscribed it, "To Christine, Congrat on breaking the curse!" Dan was with me, carrying one of the 4 sweaters I'd knit him before we were married (it was too hot to wear it, but he's that loyal). We've been married 24 years.
The book itself is a collection of essays, lists, and stories. I felt like I'd met her family and friends, mourned over her losses and cheered her successes with her. It was lovely for reading ...more