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 The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater is a memoir about life truths learned through crafting. People who craft know...

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Title:The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater: Essays on Crafting
Author:Alanna Okun
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1250095611
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:256 pages pages

The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater: Essays on Crafting Reviews

  • Courtney Sieloff
    May 14, 2018

    See my review on booktube: https://youtu.be/VZgPbPmU6E8 ...

    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 memoi...

    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 b...

    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 sto...

    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 sub...

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

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    I will pretty much always pick up a book if it pertains to knitting. As a fan of Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's knitting-centered writing, I was expecting a series of highly identifiable essays where I would see myself or something very similar reflected in the writing. I did find a good dea...

    Look at the cover of this book- doesn?t it make you want to read it? It?s so beautiful ...

    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. ...

    This short book of essays covers not just knitting but is a bit of a memoir too. The author is quite young so she doesn't have that much history to get into but her experiences with family, friends and boyfriends is fairly relatable and she is quite funny. I'm not a knitter or crafter ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    Got an advanced copy of this and it?s lovely and comforting and funny and relatable. So so relatable. ...

    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 twen...

    I?ve been surrounded by crafters all my life and have revisited my own inklings of late, so I understand the authors reflections. I just found it more memoir less essay collection than I was expecting. No big revelations, some mild me too, but no new insights into lifelong crafting. ...

    I really love this book. It was quiet and insightful and funny. Non-knitters can also enjoy this book, but I think those who do craft of some sort will recognize a lot of what she writes about. I can?t think of a negative thing to say about it. ...

    the curse is real. the book is excellent & relatable & funny. ...

    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! ...

    I just loved this book. The honesty and the details. The storytelling. And the yarn. It put to words many of the reasons I knit, but couldn?t articulate. Really wonderful. I want to be friends with this author! ...

  • vanessa marcoux
    Apr 20, 2018

    See my review on booktube: https://youtu.be/VZgPbPmU6E8 ...

    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 memoi...

    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 b...

    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 sto...

    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 sub...

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

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    I will pretty much always pick up a book if it pertains to knitting. As a fan of Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's knitting-centered writing, I was expecting a series of highly identifiable essays where I would see myself or something very similar reflected in the writing. I did find a good dea...

    Look at the cover of this book- doesn?t it make you want to read it? It?s so beautiful ...

    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. ...

    This short book of essays covers not just knitting but is a bit of a memoir too. The author is quite young so she doesn't have that much history to get into but her experiences with family, friends and boyfriends is fairly relatable and she is quite funny. I'm not a knitter or crafter ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    Got an advanced copy of this and it?s lovely and comforting and funny and relatable. So so relatable. ...

    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 twen...

    I?ve been surrounded by crafters all my life and have revisited my own inklings of late, so I understand the authors reflections. I just found it more memoir less essay collection than I was expecting. No big revelations, some mild me too, but no new insights into lifelong crafting. ...

    I really love this book. It was quiet and insightful and funny. Non-knitters can also enjoy this book, but I think those who do craft of some sort will recognize a lot of what she writes about. I can?t think of a negative thing to say about it. ...

    the curse is real. the book is excellent & relatable & funny. ...

    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! ...

    I just loved this book. The honesty and the details. The storytelling. And the yarn. It put to words many of the reasons I knit, but couldn?t articulate. Really wonderful. I want to be friends with this author! ...

    I loved it. She does a great job of connecting the art of crafting to how we live our lives, and imbues it with meaning through connections I hadn't made before. A must-read for crafters. ...

    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. ...

    I listened to the audio version (while knitting!) and it had its moments, but overall I wasn't a fan of the author's casual and hyperbolic writing style. It reads more like a blog post or Buzzfeed article than proper essay writing. Her choice of topics beyond crafting just couldn't hol...

  • Lisa Silverman
    Feb 11, 2018

    See my review on booktube: https://youtu.be/VZgPbPmU6E8 ...

    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 memoi...

  • Sarah
    Aug 05, 2018

    See my review on booktube: https://youtu.be/VZgPbPmU6E8 ...

    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 memoi...

    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 b...

    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 sto...

    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 sub...

  • MEGAN C
    May 15, 2018

    See my review on booktube: https://youtu.be/VZgPbPmU6E8 ...

    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 memoi...

    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 b...

    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 sto...

    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 sub...

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

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    I will pretty much always pick up a book if it pertains to knitting. As a fan of Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's knitting-centered writing, I was expecting a series of highly identifiable essays where I would see myself or something very similar reflected in the writing. I did find a good dea...

    Look at the cover of this book- doesn?t it make you want to read it? It?s so beautiful ...

    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. ...

    This short book of essays covers not just knitting but is a bit of a memoir too. The author is quite young so she doesn't have that much history to get into but her experiences with family, friends and boyfriends is fairly relatable and she is quite funny. I'm not a knitter or crafter ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    Got an advanced copy of this and it?s lovely and comforting and funny and relatable. So so relatable. ...

    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 twen...

    I?ve been surrounded by crafters all my life and have revisited my own inklings of late, so I understand the authors reflections. I just found it more memoir less essay collection than I was expecting. No big revelations, some mild me too, but no new insights into lifelong crafting. ...

    I really love this book. It was quiet and insightful and funny. Non-knitters can also enjoy this book, but I think those who do craft of some sort will recognize a lot of what she writes about. I can?t think of a negative thing to say about it. ...

    the curse is real. the book is excellent & relatable & funny. ...

  • April
    Aug 30, 2018

    See my review on booktube: https://youtu.be/VZgPbPmU6E8 ...

    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 memoi...

    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 b...

    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 sto...

    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 sub...

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

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    I will pretty much always pick up a book if it pertains to knitting. As a fan of Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's knitting-centered writing, I was expecting a series of highly identifiable essays where I would see myself or something very similar reflected in the writing. I did find a good dea...

    Look at the cover of this book- doesn?t it make you want to read it? It?s so beautiful ...

    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. ...

    This short book of essays covers not just knitting but is a bit of a memoir too. The author is quite young so she doesn't have that much history to get into but her experiences with family, friends and boyfriends is fairly relatable and she is quite funny. I'm not a knitter or crafter ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    Got an advanced copy of this and it?s lovely and comforting and funny and relatable. So so relatable. ...

    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 twen...

    I?ve been surrounded by crafters all my life and have revisited my own inklings of late, so I understand the authors reflections. I just found it more memoir less essay collection than I was expecting. No big revelations, some mild me too, but no new insights into lifelong crafting. ...

    I really love this book. It was quiet and insightful and funny. Non-knitters can also enjoy this book, but I think those who do craft of some sort will recognize a lot of what she writes about. I can?t think of a negative thing to say about it. ...

    the curse is real. the book is excellent & relatable & funny. ...

    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! ...

    I just loved this book. The honesty and the details. The storytelling. And the yarn. It put to words many of the reasons I knit, but couldn?t articulate. Really wonderful. I want to be friends with this author! ...

    I loved it. She does a great job of connecting the art of crafting to how we live our lives, and imbues it with meaning through connections I hadn't made before. A must-read for crafters. ...

  • Carin
    Mar 13, 2018

    See my review on booktube: https://youtu.be/VZgPbPmU6E8 ...

    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 memoi...

    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 b...

    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 sto...

    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 sub...

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

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    I will pretty much always pick up a book if it pertains to knitting. As a fan of Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's knitting-centered writing, I was expecting a series of highly identifiable essays where I would see myself or something very similar reflected in the writing. I did find a good dea...

    Look at the cover of this book- doesn?t it make you want to read it? It?s so beautiful ...

    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. ...

    This short book of essays covers not just knitting but is a bit of a memoir too. The author is quite young so she doesn't have that much history to get into but her experiences with family, friends and boyfriends is fairly relatable and she is quite funny. I'm not a knitter or crafter ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    Got an advanced copy of this and it?s lovely and comforting and funny and relatable. So so relatable. ...

    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 twen...

  • Alissa Roy
    Oct 29, 2017

    See my review on booktube: https://youtu.be/VZgPbPmU6E8 ...

    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 memoi...

    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 b...

    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 sto...

    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 sub...

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

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    I will pretty much always pick up a book if it pertains to knitting. As a fan of Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's knitting-centered writing, I was expecting a series of highly identifiable essays where I would see myself or something very similar reflected in the writing. I did find a good dea...

    Look at the cover of this book- doesn?t it make you want to read it? It?s so beautiful ...

  • Greg Kelley
    Mar 10, 2018

    See my review on booktube: https://youtu.be/VZgPbPmU6E8 ...

    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 memoi...

    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 b...

    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 sto...

    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 sub...

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

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

  • Alexandra
    May 07, 2018

    See my review on booktube: https://youtu.be/VZgPbPmU6E8 ...

    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 memoi...

    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 b...

    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 sto...

    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 sub...

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

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    I will pretty much always pick up a book if it pertains to knitting. As a fan of Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's knitting-centered writing, I was expecting a series of highly identifiable essays where I would see myself or something very similar reflected in the writing. I did find a good dea...

    Look at the cover of this book- doesn?t it make you want to read it? It?s so beautiful ...

    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. ...

    This short book of essays covers not just knitting but is a bit of a memoir too. The author is quite young so she doesn't have that much history to get into but her experiences with family, friends and boyfriends is fairly relatable and she is quite funny. I'm not a knitter or crafter ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    Got an advanced copy of this and it?s lovely and comforting and funny and relatable. So so relatable. ...

    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 twen...

    I?ve been surrounded by crafters all my life and have revisited my own inklings of late, so I understand the authors reflections. I just found it more memoir less essay collection than I was expecting. No big revelations, some mild me too, but no new insights into lifelong crafting. ...

    I really love this book. It was quiet and insightful and funny. Non-knitters can also enjoy this book, but I think those who do craft of some sort will recognize a lot of what she writes about. I can?t think of a negative thing to say about it. ...

    the curse is real. the book is excellent & relatable & funny. ...

    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! ...

    I just loved this book. The honesty and the details. The storytelling. And the yarn. It put to words many of the reasons I knit, but couldn?t articulate. Really wonderful. I want to be friends with this author! ...

    I loved it. She does a great job of connecting the art of crafting to how we live our lives, and imbues it with meaning through connections I hadn't made before. A must-read for crafters. ...

    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. ...

    I listened to the audio version (while knitting!) and it had its moments, but overall I wasn't a fan of the author's casual and hyperbolic writing style. It reads more like a blog post or Buzzfeed article than proper essay writing. Her choice of topics beyond crafting just couldn't hol...

    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,...

    This one was just painful for me to listen to, so I gave up around the halfway mark. Unlike Stephanie Pearl McPhee?s books, which tend to actually be about crafting, The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater seems to revolve around the author?s former boyfriends and unreasonably awesom...

    Thank you to Flatiron Books and Alanna Okun for providing me with a free copy of The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater to read in exchange for an unbiased review. All opinions are my own. Friends, I like to think of myself as crafty, but after reading The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater...

  • ak
    Nov 09, 2017

    See my review on booktube: https://youtu.be/VZgPbPmU6E8 ...

    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 memoi...

    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 b...

    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 sto...

    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 sub...

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

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    I will pretty much always pick up a book if it pertains to knitting. As a fan of Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's knitting-centered writing, I was expecting a series of highly identifiable essays where I would see myself or something very similar reflected in the writing. I did find a good dea...

    Look at the cover of this book- doesn?t it make you want to read it? It?s so beautiful ...

    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. ...

    This short book of essays covers not just knitting but is a bit of a memoir too. The author is quite young so she doesn't have that much history to get into but her experiences with family, friends and boyfriends is fairly relatable and she is quite funny. I'm not a knitter or crafter ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    Got an advanced copy of this and it?s lovely and comforting and funny and relatable. So so relatable. ...

  • Cait
    Mar 31, 2018

    See my review on booktube: https://youtu.be/VZgPbPmU6E8 ...

    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 memoi...

    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 b...

    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 sto...

    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 sub...

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

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    I will pretty much always pick up a book if it pertains to knitting. As a fan of Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's knitting-centered writing, I was expecting a series of highly identifiable essays where I would see myself or something very similar reflected in the writing. I did find a good dea...

    Look at the cover of this book- doesn?t it make you want to read it? It?s so beautiful ...

    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. ...

    This short book of essays covers not just knitting but is a bit of a memoir too. The author is quite young so she doesn't have that much history to get into but her experiences with family, friends and boyfriends is fairly relatable and she is quite funny. I'm not a knitter or crafter ...

    This was truly delightful and I think I want to buy a copy so I can have it forever ...

  • Christine
    Dec 30, 2017

    See my review on booktube: https://youtu.be/VZgPbPmU6E8 ...

    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 memoi...

    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 b...

  • Alissa
    Apr 22, 2018

    See my review on booktube: https://youtu.be/VZgPbPmU6E8 ...

    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 memoi...

    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 b...

    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 sto...

  • Jill
    Mar 11, 2018

    See my review on booktube: https://youtu.be/VZgPbPmU6E8 ...

    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 memoi...

    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 b...

    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 sto...

    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 sub...

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

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    I will pretty much always pick up a book if it pertains to knitting. As a fan of Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's knitting-centered writing, I was expecting a series of highly identifiable essays where I would see myself or something very similar reflected in the writing. I did find a good dea...

    Look at the cover of this book- doesn?t it make you want to read it? It?s so beautiful ...

    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. ...

    This short book of essays covers not just knitting but is a bit of a memoir too. The author is quite young so she doesn't have that much history to get into but her experiences with family, friends and boyfriends is fairly relatable and she is quite funny. I'm not a knitter or crafter ...

    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. ...

  • Michael
    Oct 30, 2017

    See my review on booktube: https://youtu.be/VZgPbPmU6E8 ...

    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 memoi...

    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 b...

    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 sto...

    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 sub...

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

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    I will pretty much always pick up a book if it pertains to knitting. As a fan of Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's knitting-centered writing, I was expecting a series of highly identifiable essays where I would see myself or something very similar reflected in the writing. I did find a good dea...

    Look at the cover of this book- doesn?t it make you want to read it? It?s so beautiful ...

    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. ...

    This short book of essays covers not just knitting but is a bit of a memoir too. The author is quite young so she doesn't have that much history to get into but her experiences with family, friends and boyfriends is fairly relatable and she is quite funny. I'm not a knitter or crafter ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    Got an advanced copy of this and it?s lovely and comforting and funny and relatable. So so relatable. ...

    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 twen...

    I?ve been surrounded by crafters all my life and have revisited my own inklings of late, so I understand the authors reflections. I just found it more memoir less essay collection than I was expecting. No big revelations, some mild me too, but no new insights into lifelong crafting. ...

    I really love this book. It was quiet and insightful and funny. Non-knitters can also enjoy this book, but I think those who do craft of some sort will recognize a lot of what she writes about. I can?t think of a negative thing to say about it. ...

    the curse is real. the book is excellent & relatable & funny. ...

    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! ...

    I just loved this book. The honesty and the details. The storytelling. And the yarn. It put to words many of the reasons I knit, but couldn?t articulate. Really wonderful. I want to be friends with this author! ...

    I loved it. She does a great job of connecting the art of crafting to how we live our lives, and imbues it with meaning through connections I hadn't made before. A must-read for crafters. ...

    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. ...

  • Karrie
    Aug 08, 2018

    See my review on booktube: https://youtu.be/VZgPbPmU6E8 ...

    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 memoi...

    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 b...

    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 sto...

    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 sub...

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

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    I will pretty much always pick up a book if it pertains to knitting. As a fan of Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's knitting-centered writing, I was expecting a series of highly identifiable essays where I would see myself or something very similar reflected in the writing. I did find a good dea...

    Look at the cover of this book- doesn?t it make you want to read it? It?s so beautiful ...

    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. ...

    This short book of essays covers not just knitting but is a bit of a memoir too. The author is quite young so she doesn't have that much history to get into but her experiences with family, friends and boyfriends is fairly relatable and she is quite funny. I'm not a knitter or crafter ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    Got an advanced copy of this and it?s lovely and comforting and funny and relatable. So so relatable. ...

    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 twen...

    I?ve been surrounded by crafters all my life and have revisited my own inklings of late, so I understand the authors reflections. I just found it more memoir less essay collection than I was expecting. No big revelations, some mild me too, but no new insights into lifelong crafting. ...

  • Olive (abookolive)
    Apr 20, 2018

    See my review on booktube: https://youtu.be/VZgPbPmU6E8 ...

  • Susan
    May 03, 2018

    See my review on booktube: https://youtu.be/VZgPbPmU6E8 ...

    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 memoi...

    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 b...

    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 sto...

    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 sub...

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

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    I will pretty much always pick up a book if it pertains to knitting. As a fan of Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's knitting-centered writing, I was expecting a series of highly identifiable essays where I would see myself or something very similar reflected in the writing. I did find a good dea...

    Look at the cover of this book- doesn?t it make you want to read it? It?s so beautiful ...

    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. ...

    This short book of essays covers not just knitting but is a bit of a memoir too. The author is quite young so she doesn't have that much history to get into but her experiences with family, friends and boyfriends is fairly relatable and she is quite funny. I'm not a knitter or crafter ...

  • Pamela
    Mar 20, 2018

    See my review on booktube: https://youtu.be/VZgPbPmU6E8 ...

    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 memoi...

    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 b...

    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 sto...

    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 sub...

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

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    I will pretty much always pick up a book if it pertains to knitting. As a fan of Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's knitting-centered writing, I was expecting a series of highly identifiable essays where I would see myself or something very similar reflected in the writing. I did find a good dea...

    Look at the cover of this book- doesn?t it make you want to read it? It?s so beautiful ...

    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. ...

    This short book of essays covers not just knitting but is a bit of a memoir too. The author is quite young so she doesn't have that much history to get into but her experiences with family, friends and boyfriends is fairly relatable and she is quite funny. I'm not a knitter or crafter ...

    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. ...

    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...

  • Stephanie
    Apr 03, 2018

    See my review on booktube: https://youtu.be/VZgPbPmU6E8 ...

    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 memoi...

    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 b...

    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 sto...

    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 sub...

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

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    I will pretty much always pick up a book if it pertains to knitting. As a fan of Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's knitting-centered writing, I was expecting a series of highly identifiable essays where I would see myself or something very similar reflected in the writing. I did find a good dea...

    Look at the cover of this book- doesn?t it make you want to read it? It?s so beautiful ...

    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. ...

    This short book of essays covers not just knitting but is a bit of a memoir too. The author is quite young so she doesn't have that much history to get into but her experiences with family, friends and boyfriends is fairly relatable and she is quite funny. I'm not a knitter or crafter ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 ...

  • Regine O
    Jul 13, 2018

    See my review on booktube: https://youtu.be/VZgPbPmU6E8 ...

    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 memoi...

    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 b...

    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 sto...

    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 sub...

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

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    I will pretty much always pick up a book if it pertains to knitting. As a fan of Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's knitting-centered writing, I was expecting a series of highly identifiable essays where I would see myself or something very similar reflected in the writing. I did find a good dea...

    Look at the cover of this book- doesn?t it make you want to read it? It?s so beautiful ...

    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. ...

  • Maddie McDermott
    Mar 29, 2018

    See my review on booktube: https://youtu.be/VZgPbPmU6E8 ...

    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 memoi...

    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 b...

    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 sto...

    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 sub...

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

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    I will pretty much always pick up a book if it pertains to knitting. As a fan of Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's knitting-centered writing, I was expecting a series of highly identifiable essays where I would see myself or something very similar reflected in the writing. I did find a good dea...

    Look at the cover of this book- doesn?t it make you want to read it? It?s so beautiful ...

    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. ...

    This short book of essays covers not just knitting but is a bit of a memoir too. The author is quite young so she doesn't have that much history to get into but her experiences with family, friends and boyfriends is fairly relatable and she is quite funny. I'm not a knitter or crafter ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    Got an advanced copy of this and it?s lovely and comforting and funny and relatable. So so relatable. ...

    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 twen...

    I?ve been surrounded by crafters all my life and have revisited my own inklings of late, so I understand the authors reflections. I just found it more memoir less essay collection than I was expecting. No big revelations, some mild me too, but no new insights into lifelong crafting. ...

    I really love this book. It was quiet and insightful and funny. Non-knitters can also enjoy this book, but I think those who do craft of some sort will recognize a lot of what she writes about. I can?t think of a negative thing to say about it. ...

    the curse is real. the book is excellent & relatable & funny. ...

    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! ...

    I just loved this book. The honesty and the details. The storytelling. And the yarn. It put to words many of the reasons I knit, but couldn?t articulate. Really wonderful. I want to be friends with this author! ...

    I loved it. She does a great job of connecting the art of crafting to how we live our lives, and imbues it with meaning through connections I hadn't made before. A must-read for crafters. ...

    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. ...

    I listened to the audio version (while knitting!) and it had its moments, but overall I wasn't a fan of the author's casual and hyperbolic writing style. It reads more like a blog post or Buzzfeed article than proper essay writing. Her choice of topics beyond crafting just couldn't hol...

    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,...

  • Hebah
    Jun 04, 2018

    See my review on booktube: https://youtu.be/VZgPbPmU6E8 ...

    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 memoi...

    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 b...

    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 sto...

    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 sub...

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

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    I will pretty much always pick up a book if it pertains to knitting. As a fan of Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's knitting-centered writing, I was expecting a series of highly identifiable essays where I would see myself or something very similar reflected in the writing. I did find a good dea...

  • Laura Detrick
    May 24, 2018

    See my review on booktube: https://youtu.be/VZgPbPmU6E8 ...

    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 memoi...

    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 b...

    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 sto...

    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 sub...

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

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    I will pretty much always pick up a book if it pertains to knitting. As a fan of Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's knitting-centered writing, I was expecting a series of highly identifiable essays where I would see myself or something very similar reflected in the writing. I did find a good dea...

    Look at the cover of this book- doesn?t it make you want to read it? It?s so beautiful ...

    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. ...

    This short book of essays covers not just knitting but is a bit of a memoir too. The author is quite young so she doesn't have that much history to get into but her experiences with family, friends and boyfriends is fairly relatable and she is quite funny. I'm not a knitter or crafter ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    Got an advanced copy of this and it?s lovely and comforting and funny and relatable. So so relatable. ...

    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 twen...

    I?ve been surrounded by crafters all my life and have revisited my own inklings of late, so I understand the authors reflections. I just found it more memoir less essay collection than I was expecting. No big revelations, some mild me too, but no new insights into lifelong crafting. ...

    I really love this book. It was quiet and insightful and funny. Non-knitters can also enjoy this book, but I think those who do craft of some sort will recognize a lot of what she writes about. I can?t think of a negative thing to say about it. ...

  • Becky
    Apr 10, 2018

    See my review on booktube: https://youtu.be/VZgPbPmU6E8 ...

    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 memoi...

    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 b...

    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 sto...

    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 sub...

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

  • Melody Sims-Ohnesorge
    Mar 21, 2018

    See my review on booktube: https://youtu.be/VZgPbPmU6E8 ...

    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 memoi...

    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 b...

    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 sto...

    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 sub...

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

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    I will pretty much always pick up a book if it pertains to knitting. As a fan of Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's knitting-centered writing, I was expecting a series of highly identifiable essays where I would see myself or something very similar reflected in the writing. I did find a good dea...

    Look at the cover of this book- doesn?t it make you want to read it? It?s so beautiful ...

    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. ...

    This short book of essays covers not just knitting but is a bit of a memoir too. The author is quite young so she doesn't have that much history to get into but her experiences with family, friends and boyfriends is fairly relatable and she is quite funny. I'm not a knitter or crafter ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    Got an advanced copy of this and it?s lovely and comforting and funny and relatable. So so relatable. ...

    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 twen...

    I?ve been surrounded by crafters all my life and have revisited my own inklings of late, so I understand the authors reflections. I just found it more memoir less essay collection than I was expecting. No big revelations, some mild me too, but no new insights into lifelong crafting. ...

    I really love this book. It was quiet and insightful and funny. Non-knitters can also enjoy this book, but I think those who do craft of some sort will recognize a lot of what she writes about. I can?t think of a negative thing to say about it. ...

    the curse is real. the book is excellent & relatable & funny. ...

    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! ...

  • Melody
    Apr 13, 2018

    See my review on booktube: https://youtu.be/VZgPbPmU6E8 ...

    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 memoi...

    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 b...

    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 sto...

    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 sub...

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

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    I will pretty much always pick up a book if it pertains to knitting. As a fan of Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's knitting-centered writing, I was expecting a series of highly identifiable essays where I would see myself or something very similar reflected in the writing. I did find a good dea...

    Look at the cover of this book- doesn?t it make you want to read it? It?s so beautiful ...

    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. ...

    This short book of essays covers not just knitting but is a bit of a memoir too. The author is quite young so she doesn't have that much history to get into but her experiences with family, friends and boyfriends is fairly relatable and she is quite funny. I'm not a knitter or crafter ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    Got an advanced copy of this and it?s lovely and comforting and funny and relatable. So so relatable. ...

    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 twen...

    I?ve been surrounded by crafters all my life and have revisited my own inklings of late, so I understand the authors reflections. I just found it more memoir less essay collection than I was expecting. No big revelations, some mild me too, but no new insights into lifelong crafting. ...

    I really love this book. It was quiet and insightful and funny. Non-knitters can also enjoy this book, but I think those who do craft of some sort will recognize a lot of what she writes about. I can?t think of a negative thing to say about it. ...

    the curse is real. the book is excellent & relatable & funny. ...

    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! ...

    I just loved this book. The honesty and the details. The storytelling. And the yarn. It put to words many of the reasons I knit, but couldn?t articulate. Really wonderful. I want to be friends with this author! ...

    I loved it. She does a great job of connecting the art of crafting to how we live our lives, and imbues it with meaning through connections I hadn't made before. A must-read for crafters. ...

    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. ...

    I listened to the audio version (while knitting!) and it had its moments, but overall I wasn't a fan of the author's casual and hyperbolic writing style. It reads more like a blog post or Buzzfeed article than proper essay writing. Her choice of topics beyond crafting just couldn't hol...

    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,...

    This one was just painful for me to listen to, so I gave up around the halfway mark. Unlike Stephanie Pearl McPhee?s books, which tend to actually be about crafting, The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater seems to revolve around the author?s former boyfriends and unreasonably awesom...

  • Whitney
    May 10, 2018

    See my review on booktube: https://youtu.be/VZgPbPmU6E8 ...

    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 memoi...

    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 b...

    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 sto...

    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 sub...

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

    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. ...

  • Brandy
    Apr 19, 2018

    See my review on booktube: https://youtu.be/VZgPbPmU6E8 ...

    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 memoi...

    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 b...

    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 sto...

    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 sub...

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

    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. ...

    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. ...