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
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
Maybe I should pick up knitting? Or crocheting? I feel like I missed some of the power of these essays because none of my hobbies are craft-based. However, I would gift this book to anyone who is into fiber-arts!
That's not to say that the entire book was about crafting! There was a lot about millennial life, relationships, family, anxiety, etc. I most identified with her more personal sections (love for her family, her anxiety) but I appreciated the lighthearted, knitting chapters as well.
Alanna loves crafting. Like, she REALLY loves crafting so much that she wrote a book about it, so if you're not up for knitting talk then keep moving right along! I love hearing people talk about what they're passionate about, so I was all in for learning about public acts of crafting and "knitting prom" and why the second sock is the worst. She uses crafting, this common thread (haha) throughout her life, to get to the complicated things: friends, relationships, family, anxiety, graduation, bod ...more
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.
As a crafter as well I related to the story and found it delightful , it was long like I found a kindred spirit. Very enjoyable read!
Wonderfully put together collection of essays. Alanna is both a riot and harshly serious, simply well written.
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.
Look at the cover of this book- doesn’t it make you want to read it? It’s so beautiful