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
Disclaimer: I received this for free through a Goodreads' giveaway.
Alanna Okun is relatable. Her stories can be read separately or all at once like a novel. They're funny and insightful (at least for this millennial), whether or not you're a crafter yourself (I'm an aspirational crafter at best) although they're easier to understand if you're at least familiar with knitting/crocheting/etc. This is one I'll be recommending to friends, as her stories of family, dating, crafting, growing up, and de ...more
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.
This was truly delightful and I think I want to buy a copy so I can have it forever
Supremely heartfelt, a case both for examining your life more closely and picking up the ol' knitting needles.
Look at the cover of this book- doesn’t it make you want to read it? It’s so beautiful
It wasn't as good as I thought it would be. Too much anxiety, not enough knitting. I loved her descriptions of her relationship with her grandmother though.
Wonderfully put together collection of essays. Alanna is both a riot and harshly serious, simply well written.
firstly, this is more a memoir on the author's experiences crafting than essays on crafting, per se. but those who consider themselves crafters will find themselves in the stories, regardless of whether or not they are knitters (the craft in most of these memories). more than anything, it's about the emotions around crafting: the boyfriend sweater and second sock syndrome will be familiar, and so will the need to memorialize those who have died and the desire to connect with fellow crafters you' ...more