The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater: Essays on Crafting

The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater: Essays on Crafting

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 b...

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Title:The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater: Essays on Crafting
Author:Alanna Okun
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The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater: Essays on Crafting Reviews

  • Olive (abookolive)

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  • Becky

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

  • Alissa

    I started listening to this book last month and somehow managed to not finish it until now and I’m so glad I found this collection of essays.

    Listening to the author read I was taken aback at how much I related to her. I shouldn’t have been given that this is a book telling stories about how crafting has been a huge part of her life.

    “Each stitch is a step forward” is not quite the final line, but pretty darn close. But it’s incredibly not wrong and in true crafters fashion, I want to embroider

    I started listening to this book last month and somehow managed to not finish it until now and I’m so glad I found this collection of essays.

    Listening to the author read I was taken aback at how much I related to her. I shouldn’t have been given that this is a book telling stories about how crafting has been a huge part of her life.

    “Each stitch is a step forward” is not quite the final line, but pretty darn close. But it’s incredibly not wrong and in true crafters fashion, I want to embroider that onto something.

    Every so often she would say something that made me stop what ever I was crafting (of course I crafted and listened) and go “Oh! Me too! That’s me!” And I would smile and go back to what I was doing.

    Basically, I’m just really glad she wrote this. Because now I don’t feel so alone in my crafting.

  • 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 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

    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 aloud on the way home from Rhinebeck as my husband drove on the Mass Pike, and through the fall when I wanted something short to read before sleeping.

    The cadence of the book alternated long and short, like stockinette taking turns with two color brioche. Some chapters were long, some as short as a joke. The tone was personal (sometimes more personal than I was comfortable with).

    My favorite parts were her descriptions of the process of making, how it feels, how it weaves with the rest of life. I felt like, "Oh, you too?"

  • Sarah

    Even though I was excited for this book, I was nicely surprised. I seldom enjoy the pop culture memoirs that have proliferated these days (with all the footnotes, exclamation points, unfiltered inner-monologue-to-page transcriptions, and just, I don’t know, mannerisms in place of substance). However, these are thoughtful, well-written essays and it was unexpectedly wonderful to read about being a knitter – I didn’t realize this was an area of representation I was missing. The strongest pieces we

    Even though I was excited for this book, I was nicely surprised. I seldom enjoy the pop culture memoirs that have proliferated these days (with all the footnotes, exclamation points, unfiltered inner-monologue-to-page transcriptions, and just, I don’t know, mannerisms in place of substance). However, these are thoughtful, well-written essays and it was unexpectedly wonderful to read about being a knitter – I didn’t realize this was an area of representation I was missing. The strongest pieces were lovely explorations of Okun’s relationships with family members and friends. Less effective were those not anchored around an event or relationship, where the tie-in to crafting seemed strained or unnecessary. And I winced through the very candid descriptions of her early romantic relationships (was it relatable? Of course. Do I want to revisit young adult love in painstaking emotional detail? Not even a little, but that’s just me).

  • 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 about crafting, though crafting is certainly the overarching theme. And it's the memoir of a millennial (though she claims early on to hate that word) who doesn't have a long or fascinating-enough life yet to fill a memoir.

  • 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.

  • Whitney

    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.

  • Regine O

    DNF. Made it through 1/4 of the book and there is just no substance to any of the stories.

    I would have preferred more knitting references and less whining about losing her boyfriends.

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