The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater
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.”

The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater Details

TitleThe Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater
Author
ReleaseMar 20th, 2018
PublisherFlatiron Books
ISBN-139781250095619
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Writing, Essays, Autobiography, Memoir, Crafts, Knitting, Short Stories, Biography, Biography Memoir

The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater Review

  • Lisa Silverman
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Christine
    January 1, 1970
    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?"
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  • Alissa Roy
    January 1, 1970
    Look at the cover of this book- doesn’t it make you want to read it? It’s so beautiful
  • ak
    January 1, 1970
    Got an advanced copy of this and it’s lovely and comforting and funny and relatable. So so relatable.
  • Michael
    January 1, 1970
    Very entertaining and enjoyable. I can relate well to this book because of my wife and mother-in-laws love of knitting/crocheting and their love of yarn. Quite an interesting look at how crafting is interwoven with life. I won this book in a GoodReads Giveaway.
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  • Susan Carro
    January 1, 1970
    Sometimes your knitting reflects your life. Sometimes your knitting is an escape from your life. And sometimes your knitting takes on a life of its own. This series of essays on life and yarn, and what you make of it, shows that you leave a little of yourself in every sock, every scarf, every sweater... even the unfinished ones, the imperfect ones, the ones that you find a year later at the bottom of a bag in the back of a closet. Maybe especially those ones. If you have ever bought yarn just be Sometimes your knitting reflects your life. Sometimes your knitting is an escape from your life. And sometimes your knitting takes on a life of its own. This series of essays on life and yarn, and what you make of it, shows that you leave a little of yourself in every sock, every scarf, every sweater... even the unfinished ones, the imperfect ones, the ones that you find a year later at the bottom of a bag in the back of a closet. Maybe especially those ones. If you have ever bought yarn just because it's beautiful; if you have ever knitted everyone you know a scarf for Christmas and not finished until Valentine's Day; if it has ever taken you three times as long to weave in the ends as it did to knit the actual item; if you have a special drawer for your mismatched needles - this book is for you. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.
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  • Naomi
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 dealing with anxiety issues are ones I know others will enjoy.
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  • Caitlin Kilts
    January 1, 1970
    I liked the premise of this book: a memoir told through the lens of crafting. The interspersed lists and tidbits are fun. The writing is good and some of the insights are enlightening. But, the problem with this book is that the author did not have enough of a memoir to fill a whole book. Her life, while appealing and somewhat interesting, is not long enough or dramatic enough to merit a book at the moment. I feel with some age and time passed, she could end up with an interesting memoir, but it I liked the premise of this book: a memoir told through the lens of crafting. The interspersed lists and tidbits are fun. The writing is good and some of the insights are enlightening. But, the problem with this book is that the author did not have enough of a memoir to fill a whole book. Her life, while appealing and somewhat interesting, is not long enough or dramatic enough to merit a book at the moment. I feel with some age and time passed, she could end up with an interesting memoir, but it was much too soon.
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  • Shannon A
    January 1, 1970
    Everything a crafter wants in an essay book! A collection that is a love/hate letter to a passion that drives one to swear and cause non-crafters to swoon over your fiber work in progress; Written with sharp, funny wit and heartfelt moments of love and loss, this true page-turner will have you soon curling up with your knitting with her stories echoing in your mind between the stitches.
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  • Aude White
    January 1, 1970
    Whether you're a crafter or not, Alanna Okun's "The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater" is a thoughtful reflection on loss, anxiety, and how we cope with events in our lives that are fully outside our control. This book is both introspective and refreshingly funny. It's also kind of a page-turner. I read it in the course of a weekend, and when I was done went back and reread my favorite chapters.
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  • Sandra Crane
    January 1, 1970
    After reading this book I want to learn to knit! But I will stay away from the sweater curse and knit only for myself or my granddaughter! I really enjoyed this book. It was interesting and charming. Thank you Goodreads Giveaway for this book.
  • Terry Pearson
    January 1, 1970
    I won a copy in a giveaway.Entertaining and funny, Alanna Okun knows a thing or two. For all the women out there that like to knit, this is a must read. No, it isn't a tutorial.
  • Kelsey
    January 1, 1970
    4.5! This girl gets it!
  • Tiffany Guthrie
    January 1, 1970
    Enjoyable and a quick read.
  • Tena
    January 1, 1970
    Oh, what a wondrous book! ** I won an ARC in a GOODREADS giveaway.
  • Russell Howen
    January 1, 1970
    Alanna Okun's "The CURSE of the BOYFRIEND SWEATER" is an auto-biographical account of her life and the crafting she does with needles and hooks.
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