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 t...more
The book itself is a collection of essays, lists, and stories. I felt like I'd met her family and friends, mourned over her losses and cheered her successes with her. It was lovely for reading ...more
My old roommate and I used to talk about how satisfying it is to just look at your knitting/crocheting. How proud you can feel to make something from nothing all on your own. How happy you can feel imagining its future. My roommate told me stories about learning to knit, advised me on the best yarn for ha ...more
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 stories about how crafting has been a huge part of her life.
“Each stitch is a step forward” is not quite the final line, but pretty darn close. But it’s incredibly not wrong and in true crafters fashion, I want to embroider ...more
The thing of it is, though, that Pearl-McPhee has, er, a wider set of life experiences to dra ...more
But unfortunately, though I’m sure the author is utterly lovely, I was not at all interested in reading lengthy pieces about her ex boyfriends, inability to be single, or her glorious bestest bud (with, of course, the requisite knitting descriptions thrown in at random). I stuck it out as log as I could, but in the end this was a swift return to the Overdrive ...more
The essay from ...more
In reality, Okun wrote more of a reflective memoir (or tried to, anyway) than a collection of crafting essays, and her attempts at humor completely missed the mark for me. She went on and on about how she always has to be in a romantic relationship, and I just felt sad for her.
This book also felt very "written," for lack of a better word. It reminded me of essays I wrote ...more
Unlike Stephanie Pearl McPhee’s books, which tend to actually be about crafting, The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater seems to revolve around the author’s former boyfriends and unreasonably awesome friends.
Her life stories are not interesting enough, nor is her writing entertaining enough, to keep me interested.
I listened to the audiobook version which is narrated by the author. Other than mispronou ...more
Alanna is a knitter. In fact, she's a KNITTER, all caps. She knits forever and always and in every situation. She is in her twenties and moving to New York City and getting a new job and dating. And in these series of memoir-essays, she covers all of this, and knitting. And a few other crafts. Her mother is also crafty, which they put to good u ...more