The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater: Essays on Crafting

The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater: Essays on Crafting Review

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 isn’t 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 can’t 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 can’t 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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    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Lisa Silverman

    Received the ARC in a Goodreads giveaway. Amusing in places, moving in places, but it never really wowed me, even as a knitter. Possibly because it felt more like a memoir than a collection of essays ...

  • Christine

    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 kni...

  • Brandy

    This is not a light, fun look at knitting like I expected. It delves into knitting as therapy for anxiety and mental illness. It wasn't funny like I expected, but it definitely held my interest. ...

  • Becky

    Wonderfully put together collection of essays. Alanna is both a riot and harshly serious, simply well written....

  • Greg Kelley

    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 f...

  • Alissa Roy

    Look at the cover of this book- doesn’t it make you want to read it? It’s so beautiful ...

  • Cait

    This was truly delightful and I think I want to buy a copy so I can have it forever...

  • Jill

    Supremely heartfelt, a case both for examining your life more closely and picking up the ol' knitting needles. ...

  • Pamela

    Full disclosure: I am friends with Alanna! Maybe that is why I can hear her voice in every sentence of this collection, but I think you will too. It’s thoughtful, at times vulnerable, and incredibly...

  • ak

    Got an advanced copy of this and it’s lovely and comforting and funny and relatable. So so relatable....