The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater by Alanna Okun

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. The...

Details The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater

TitleThe Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater
Release DateMar 20th, 2018
PublisherFlatiron Books
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Writing, Essays, Crafts, Knitting, Biography Memoir

Reviews The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater

  • 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.
  • 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 ...
  • Alissa Roy
    Look at the cover of this book- doesn’t it make you want to read it? It’s so beautiful
  • Jill
    Supremely heartfelt, a case both for examining your life more closely and picking up the ol' knitting needles.
  • ak
    Got an advanced copy of this and it’s lovely and comforting and funny and relatable. So so relatable.
  • Carin
    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. H...
  • Melody Sims-Ohnesorge
    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!
  • Michael
    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.
  • Tena
    Oh, what a wondrous book! ** I won an ARC in a GOODREADS giveaway.
  • Maddie McDermott
    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 a...
  • Susan Carro
    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 especiall...
  • Carol
    This book is subtitled "Essays on Crafting" and while the author deftly weaves in her love of crafting this book is so much more. I think while crafters could particularly relate, anyone could enjoy these essays and might even be motivated to pick up a craft or two. This crafter is also a writer and editor and it shows. She taps into universal emotions of the joys and angst of young adulthood. This book could be read straight through or how I rea...
  • Naomi
    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 stori...
  • Caitlin Kilts
    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, s...
  • Violeta
    I *loved* Okun’s writing on crafting (and especially that it didn’t just pay lip service to non-knitting crafts...she includes essays encompassing a variety of crafty pursuits). I loved and appreciated her writing about mental health, particularly anxiety. The only drawbacks for me were her frequent but mostly unnecessary profanity, and her infrequently grating hip/young NYC point of view. That said, I really enjoyed this book and would recom...
  • 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 relatable even for someone who’s never before touched a knitting needle. It made me want to make things too!
  • Crystal Harkness
    The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater is a cute little book about crafting. It is filled with stories about family, friends, dating, college, and knitting. This book is funny, sad, relatable, inspiring, and cute. I would recommend it to anyone but especially to those who knit or crochet. You will get a kick out of it.
  • Shannon A
    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.
  • Aude White
    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.
  • Sandra Crane
    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
    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.
  • Rosemary
    Author is spot on when describing what knitting brings to her life and mine. Sometimes she goes over the edge, but overall an enjoyable read.
  • Kelsey
    4.5! This girl gets it!
  • Tiffany Guthrie
    Enjoyable and a quick read.
  • Russell Howen
    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.