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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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

    This is not a light, fun look at knitting like I expected. It delves into knitting as therapy for anxiety and mental illness. It wasn't funny like I expected, but it definitely held my interest. ...

    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 ...

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

    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...

    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...

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

  • 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...

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

    This is not a light, fun look at knitting like I expected. It delves into knitting as therapy for anxiety and mental illness. It wasn't funny like I expected, but it definitely held my interest. ...

    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 ...

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

    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...

    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...

  • Carol
    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...

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

    This is not a light, fun look at knitting like I expected. It delves into knitting as therapy for anxiety and mental illness. It wasn't funny like I expected, but it definitely held my interest. ...

    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 ...

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

    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...

    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...

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

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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! ...

    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. ...

    Oh, what a wondrous book! ** I won an ARC in a GOODREADS giveaway. ...

    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 book?s subtitle may be Essays on Crafting, but The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater is actually a work of tender autobiography through which crafting is strung like taut yarn. Alanna Okun intersperses longer, introspective essays on anxiety, dating, friendship, and family with sho...

    Sometimes your knitting reflects your life. Sometimes your knitting is an escape from your life. And sometimes your knitting takes on a life of its own. This series of essays on life and yarn, and what you make of it, shows that you leave a little of yourself in every sock, every scarf...

    This book is subtitled "Essays on Crafting" and while the author deftly weaves in her love of crafting this book is so much more. I think while crafters could particularly relate, anyone could enjoy these essays and might even be motivated to pick up a craft or two. This crafter is als...

  • 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...

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

    This is not a light, fun look at knitting like I expected. It delves into knitting as therapy for anxiety and mental illness. It wasn't funny like I expected, but it definitely held my interest. ...

    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 ...

    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...

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

    This is not a light, fun look at knitting like I expected. It delves into knitting as therapy for anxiety and mental illness. It wasn't funny like I expected, but it definitely held my interest. ...

    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 ...

  • 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...

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

    This is not a light, fun look at knitting like I expected. It delves into knitting as therapy for anxiety and mental illness. It wasn't funny like I expected, but it definitely held my interest. ...

    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 ...

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

    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...

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

  • Jessie
    May 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...

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

    This is not a light, fun look at knitting like I expected. It delves into knitting as therapy for anxiety and mental illness. It wasn't funny like I expected, but it definitely held my interest. ...

    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 ...

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

    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...

    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...

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

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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! ...

    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. ...

    Oh, what a wondrous book! ** I won an ARC in a GOODREADS giveaway. ...

    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 book?s subtitle may be Essays on Crafting, but The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater is actually a work of tender autobiography through which crafting is strung like taut yarn. Alanna Okun intersperses longer, introspective essays on anxiety, dating, friendship, and family with sho...

    Sometimes your knitting reflects your life. Sometimes your knitting is an escape from your life. And sometimes your knitting takes on a life of its own. This series of essays on life and yarn, and what you make of it, shows that you leave a little of yourself in every sock, every scarf...

    This book is subtitled "Essays on Crafting" and while the author deftly weaves in her love of crafting this book is so much more. I think while crafters could particularly relate, anyone could enjoy these essays and might even be motivated to pick up a craft or two. This crafter is als...

    I rarely read essays or short stories, but this book captured my attention completely. These essays actually made me cry and laugh out loud?even when in public! I really appreciated the author?s honest examinations of mental health issues in her own life. Mental health is so often ...

    Maybe I should pick up knitting? Or crocheting? I feel like I missed some of the power of these essays because none of my hobbies are craft-based. However, I would gift this book to anyone who is into fiber-arts! That's not to say that the entire book was about crafting! There was ...

    Disclaimer: I received this for free through a Goodreads' giveaway. Alanna Okun is relatable. Her stories can be read separately or all at once like a novel. They're funny and insightful (at least for this millennial), whether or not you're a crafter yourself (I'm an aspirational cr...

    I liked the premise of this book: a memoir told through the lens of crafting. The interspersed lists and tidbits are fun. The writing is good and some of the insights are enlightening. But, the problem with this book is that the author did not have enough of a memoir to fill a whole bo...

    Maybe I should pick up knitting? Or crocheting? I feel like I missed some of the power of these essays because none of my hobbies are craft-based. However, I would gift this book to anyone who is into fiber-arts! That's not to say that the entire book was about crafting! There was ...

    This collection of essays was part memoir part love letter to crafting, and I absolutely adored every second of it. It was funny, honest, and relatable. I wanted to crawl inside the book and give Alanna a hug, and then have her teach me how to knit some of the things I've never done be...

  • Naomi
    Oct 20, 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...

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

    This is not a light, fun look at knitting like I expected. It delves into knitting as therapy for anxiety and mental illness. It wasn't funny like I expected, but it definitely held my interest. ...

    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 ...

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

    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...

    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...

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

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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! ...

    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. ...

    Oh, what a wondrous book! ** I won an ARC in a GOODREADS giveaway. ...

    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 book?s subtitle may be Essays on Crafting, but The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater is actually a work of tender autobiography through which crafting is strung like taut yarn. Alanna Okun intersperses longer, introspective essays on anxiety, dating, friendship, and family with sho...

    Sometimes your knitting reflects your life. Sometimes your knitting is an escape from your life. And sometimes your knitting takes on a life of its own. This series of essays on life and yarn, and what you make of it, shows that you leave a little of yourself in every sock, every scarf...

    This book is subtitled "Essays on Crafting" and while the author deftly weaves in her love of crafting this book is so much more. I think while crafters could particularly relate, anyone could enjoy these essays and might even be motivated to pick up a craft or two. This crafter is als...

    I rarely read essays or short stories, but this book captured my attention completely. These essays actually made me cry and laugh out loud?even when in public! I really appreciated the author?s honest examinations of mental health issues in her own life. Mental health is so often ...

    Maybe I should pick up knitting? Or crocheting? I feel like I missed some of the power of these essays because none of my hobbies are craft-based. However, I would gift this book to anyone who is into fiber-arts! That's not to say that the entire book was about crafting! There was ...

    Disclaimer: I received this for free through a Goodreads' giveaway. Alanna Okun is relatable. Her stories can be read separately or all at once like a novel. They're funny and insightful (at least for this millennial), whether or not you're a crafter yourself (I'm an aspirational cr...

  • 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...

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

    This is not a light, fun look at knitting like I expected. It delves into knitting as therapy for anxiety and mental illness. It wasn't funny like I expected, but it definitely held my interest. ...

    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 ...

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

    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...

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

    This is not a light, fun look at knitting like I expected. It delves into knitting as therapy for anxiety and mental illness. It wasn't funny like I expected, but it definitely held my interest. ...

    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 ...

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

    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...

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

    This is not a light, fun look at knitting like I expected. It delves into knitting as therapy for anxiety and mental illness. It wasn't funny like I expected, but it definitely held my interest. ...

    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 ...

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

    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...

    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...

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

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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! ...

    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. ...

  • Dani
    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...

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

    This is not a light, fun look at knitting like I expected. It delves into knitting as therapy for anxiety and mental illness. It wasn't funny like I expected, but it definitely held my interest. ...

    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 ...

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

    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...

    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...

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

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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! ...

    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. ...

    Oh, what a wondrous book! ** I won an ARC in a GOODREADS giveaway. ...

    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 book?s subtitle may be Essays on Crafting, but The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater is actually a work of tender autobiography through which crafting is strung like taut yarn. Alanna Okun intersperses longer, introspective essays on anxiety, dating, friendship, and family with sho...

    Sometimes your knitting reflects your life. Sometimes your knitting is an escape from your life. And sometimes your knitting takes on a life of its own. This series of essays on life and yarn, and what you make of it, shows that you leave a little of yourself in every sock, every scarf...

    This book is subtitled "Essays on Crafting" and while the author deftly weaves in her love of crafting this book is so much more. I think while crafters could particularly relate, anyone could enjoy these essays and might even be motivated to pick up a craft or two. This crafter is als...

    I rarely read essays or short stories, but this book captured my attention completely. These essays actually made me cry and laugh out loud?even when in public! I really appreciated the author?s honest examinations of mental health issues in her own life. Mental health is so often ...

    Maybe I should pick up knitting? Or crocheting? I feel like I missed some of the power of these essays because none of my hobbies are craft-based. However, I would gift this book to anyone who is into fiber-arts! That's not to say that the entire book was about crafting! There was ...

    Disclaimer: I received this for free through a Goodreads' giveaway. Alanna Okun is relatable. Her stories can be read separately or all at once like a novel. They're funny and insightful (at least for this millennial), whether or not you're a crafter yourself (I'm an aspirational cr...

    I liked the premise of this book: a memoir told through the lens of crafting. The interspersed lists and tidbits are fun. The writing is good and some of the insights are enlightening. But, the problem with this book is that the author did not have enough of a memoir to fill a whole bo...

    Maybe I should pick up knitting? Or crocheting? I feel like I missed some of the power of these essays because none of my hobbies are craft-based. However, I would gift this book to anyone who is into fiber-arts! That's not to say that the entire book was about crafting! There was ...

  • Ampersand Inc.
    Apr 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...

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

    This is not a light, fun look at knitting like I expected. It delves into knitting as therapy for anxiety and mental illness. It wasn't funny like I expected, but it definitely held my interest. ...

    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 ...

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

    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...

    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...

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

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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! ...

    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. ...

    Oh, what a wondrous book! ** I won an ARC in a GOODREADS giveaway. ...

    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 book?s subtitle may be Essays on Crafting, but The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater is actually a work of tender autobiography through which crafting is strung like taut yarn. Alanna Okun intersperses longer, introspective essays on anxiety, dating, friendship, and family with sho...

    Sometimes your knitting reflects your life. Sometimes your knitting is an escape from your life. And sometimes your knitting takes on a life of its own. This series of essays on life and yarn, and what you make of it, shows that you leave a little of yourself in every sock, every scarf...

    This book is subtitled "Essays on Crafting" and while the author deftly weaves in her love of crafting this book is so much more. I think while crafters could particularly relate, anyone could enjoy these essays and might even be motivated to pick up a craft or two. This crafter is als...

    I rarely read essays or short stories, but this book captured my attention completely. These essays actually made me cry and laugh out loud?even when in public! I really appreciated the author?s honest examinations of mental health issues in her own life. Mental health is so often ...

    Maybe I should pick up knitting? Or crocheting? I feel like I missed some of the power of these essays because none of my hobbies are craft-based. However, I would gift this book to anyone who is into fiber-arts! That's not to say that the entire book was about crafting! There was ...

  • 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...

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

    This is not a light, fun look at knitting like I expected. It delves into knitting as therapy for anxiety and mental illness. It wasn't funny like I expected, but it definitely held my interest. ...

    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 ...

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

    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...

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

    This is not a light, fun look at knitting like I expected. It delves into knitting as therapy for anxiety and mental illness. It wasn't funny like I expected, but it definitely held my interest. ...

    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 ...

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

    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...

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

    This is not a light, fun look at knitting like I expected. It delves into knitting as therapy for anxiety and mental illness. It wasn't funny like I expected, but it definitely held my interest. ...

    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 ...

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

    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...

    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...

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

    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. ...

    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 ...

  • 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...

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

    This is not a light, fun look at knitting like I expected. It delves into knitting as therapy for anxiety and mental illness. It wasn't funny like I expected, but it definitely held my interest. ...

    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 ...

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

    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...

    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...

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

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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! ...

    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. ...

    Oh, what a wondrous book! ** I won an ARC in a GOODREADS giveaway. ...

    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,...

  • Sara Remsen
    Apr 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...

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

    This is not a light, fun look at knitting like I expected. It delves into knitting as therapy for anxiety and mental illness. It wasn't funny like I expected, but it definitely held my interest. ...

    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 ...

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

    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...

    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...

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

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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! ...

    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. ...

    Oh, what a wondrous book! ** I won an ARC in a GOODREADS giveaway. ...

    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 book?s subtitle may be Essays on Crafting, but The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater is actually a work of tender autobiography through which crafting is strung like taut yarn. Alanna Okun intersperses longer, introspective essays on anxiety, dating, friendship, and family with sho...

    Sometimes your knitting reflects your life. Sometimes your knitting is an escape from your life. And sometimes your knitting takes on a life of its own. This series of essays on life and yarn, and what you make of it, shows that you leave a little of yourself in every sock, every scarf...

    This book is subtitled "Essays on Crafting" and while the author deftly weaves in her love of crafting this book is so much more. I think while crafters could particularly relate, anyone could enjoy these essays and might even be motivated to pick up a craft or two. This crafter is als...

    I rarely read essays or short stories, but this book captured my attention completely. These essays actually made me cry and laugh out loud?even when in public! I really appreciated the author?s honest examinations of mental health issues in her own life. Mental health is so often ...

  • 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...

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

  • Susan Carro
    Jan 01, 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...

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

    This is not a light, fun look at knitting like I expected. It delves into knitting as therapy for anxiety and mental illness. It wasn't funny like I expected, but it definitely held my interest. ...

    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 ...

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

    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...

    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...

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

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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! ...

    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. ...

    Oh, what a wondrous book! ** I won an ARC in a GOODREADS giveaway. ...

    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 book?s subtitle may be Essays on Crafting, but The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater is actually a work of tender autobiography through which crafting is strung like taut yarn. Alanna Okun intersperses longer, introspective essays on anxiety, dating, friendship, and family with sho...

    Sometimes your knitting reflects your life. Sometimes your knitting is an escape from your life. And sometimes your knitting takes on a life of its own. This series of essays on life and yarn, and what you make of it, shows that you leave a little of yourself in every sock, every scarf...

  • Tena
    Feb 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...

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

    This is not a light, fun look at knitting like I expected. It delves into knitting as therapy for anxiety and mental illness. It wasn't funny like I expected, but it definitely held my interest. ...

    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 ...

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

    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...

    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...

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

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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! ...

    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. ...

    Oh, what a wondrous book! ** I won an ARC in a GOODREADS giveaway. ...

  • 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...

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

    This is not a light, fun look at knitting like I expected. It delves into knitting as therapy for anxiety and mental illness. It wasn't funny like I expected, but it definitely held my interest. ...

    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 ...

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

    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...

    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...

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

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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! ...

  • 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...

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

    This is not a light, fun look at knitting like I expected. It delves into knitting as therapy for anxiety and mental illness. It wasn't funny like I expected, but it definitely held my interest. ...

    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 ...

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

    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...

    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...

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

    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...

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

    This is not a light, fun look at knitting like I expected. It delves into knitting as therapy for anxiety and mental illness. It wasn't funny like I expected, but it definitely held my interest. ...

  • Caitlin Kilts
    Dec 12, 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...

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

    This is not a light, fun look at knitting like I expected. It delves into knitting as therapy for anxiety and mental illness. It wasn't funny like I expected, but it definitely held my interest. ...

    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 ...

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

    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...

    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...

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

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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! ...

    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. ...

    Oh, what a wondrous book! ** I won an ARC in a GOODREADS giveaway. ...

    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 book?s subtitle may be Essays on Crafting, but The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater is actually a work of tender autobiography through which crafting is strung like taut yarn. Alanna Okun intersperses longer, introspective essays on anxiety, dating, friendship, and family with sho...

    Sometimes your knitting reflects your life. Sometimes your knitting is an escape from your life. And sometimes your knitting takes on a life of its own. This series of essays on life and yarn, and what you make of it, shows that you leave a little of yourself in every sock, every scarf...

    This book is subtitled "Essays on Crafting" and while the author deftly weaves in her love of crafting this book is so much more. I think while crafters could particularly relate, anyone could enjoy these essays and might even be motivated to pick up a craft or two. This crafter is als...

    I rarely read essays or short stories, but this book captured my attention completely. These essays actually made me cry and laugh out loud?even when in public! I really appreciated the author?s honest examinations of mental health issues in her own life. Mental health is so often ...

    Maybe I should pick up knitting? Or crocheting? I feel like I missed some of the power of these essays because none of my hobbies are craft-based. However, I would gift this book to anyone who is into fiber-arts! That's not to say that the entire book was about crafting! There was ...

    Disclaimer: I received this for free through a Goodreads' giveaway. Alanna Okun is relatable. Her stories can be read separately or all at once like a novel. They're funny and insightful (at least for this millennial), whether or not you're a crafter yourself (I'm an aspirational cr...

    I liked the premise of this book: a memoir told through the lens of crafting. The interspersed lists and tidbits are fun. The writing is good and some of the insights are enlightening. But, the problem with this book is that the author did not have enough of a memoir to fill a whole bo...

  • Maggie Tiede
    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...

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

    This is not a light, fun look at knitting like I expected. It delves into knitting as therapy for anxiety and mental illness. It wasn't funny like I expected, but it definitely held my interest. ...

    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 ...

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

    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...

    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...

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

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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! ...

    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. ...

    Oh, what a wondrous book! ** I won an ARC in a GOODREADS giveaway. ...

    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 book?s subtitle may be Essays on Crafting, but The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater is actually a work of tender autobiography through which crafting is strung like taut yarn. Alanna Okun intersperses longer, introspective essays on anxiety, dating, friendship, and family with sho...