(E–pub Free) [The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater] AUTHOR Alanna Okun
Gh Hearing a late twenty early thirty something lament her ineffectiveness in romantic relationships makes me cringe at first why why why didn t you leave this in your journal where it belongs and then scoff well the common factor in all these relationship is you so Yet the book shines when the author pens up about her family relationships the ache f time passing the anguish f growing up and her wn struggles and failures to be a better granddaughter a better daughter a better sister In the best piece about her sister s mental health and time in An Inpatient Program She inpatient program she sincerely and poignantly It made her sad that they weren t allowed scissors r Seven Sisters New Quilts from an Old Favorite other sharps Even though she d been in school to make collages and prints and all kindsf things and the scissors were never the problemI wish that Okun had gone deeper with this book it would ve been difficult to maintain its lightheartedness but here s the thing I think she could have done it I wanted from it but I still thoroughly enjoyed reading The Curse f the Boyfriend Sweater and I m really looking forward to from Alanna Okun It
WASN T AS GOOD AS It as good as I it would be Too much anxiety not enough knitting I loved her descriptions f her relationship with her grandmother though Even though I was excited for this book I was nicely surprised I seldom enjoy the pop culture memoirs that have proliferated these days with all the footnotes exclamation points unfiltered inner monologue to page transcriptions and just I don t know mannerisms in place f substance However these are thoughtful well written essays and it was unexpectedly wonderful to read about being a knitter I didn t realize this was an area f representation I was missing The strongest pieces were lovely explorations When a Man Loves a Woman of Okun s relationships with family members and friends Less effective were those not anchored around an eventr relationship where the tie in to crafting seemed strained r unnecessary And I winced through the very candid descriptions f her early romantic relationships was it relatable Of course Do I want to revisit young adult love in painstaking emotional detail Not even a little but that s just me I received an advanced copy at the New York Sheep and Wool Festival Miss Okun even inscribed it To Christine Congrat Keep From Falling on breaking the curse Dan was with me carryingne Catalogue the Insanity of the 4 sweaters I d knit him before we were married it was too hot to wear it but he s that loyal We ve been ma. Ke peace with the endings They know that if you knit your boyfriend a sweater your relationship will most likely bever before the last stitchAlanna Okun knows that crafting keeps her anxiety at bay She knows that no ne will ever be as good a knitting teacher as her beloved grandmother And she knows that even when we can’t control anything else we can at least control the sticks string and fabric right in. .
See my review n booktube 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
what they re passionate about so was all in for learning about public acts f crafting and knitting prom and why the second sock is the worst She uses crafting this common thread haha throughout her life to get to the complicated things friends relationships family anxiety graduation body image she covers it all in yarnI found this book sweet surprisingly earnest and funny and uite vulnerable I imagine that several f the essays were tough to put n paper let alone print them in a published work ne Look Alikes Jr. of the most moving passages was when she embroidered the lies her inner voice was yelling at her imagine you are not enough within an embroidery hoop Her voice and personality really come through in the writing which is always a delight to readThat s something I ve always loved about crafts they can contain so much meaning stand for so much than they are and still just be exactly theirwn shape and size DNF Made it through 14 f the book and there is just no substance to any f the stories I would have preferred knitting references and less whining about losing her boyfriends 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 like a memoir than a collection Architecture for the Shroud: Relic and Ritual in Turin of essays about crafting though crafting is certainly theverarching theme And it s the memoir Collecting and Exhibiting Computer-Based Technology: Expert Curation at the Museums of the Smithsonian Institution of a millennial though she claims earlyn to hate that word who doesn t have a long He Remembers the Barren or fascinating enough life yet to fill a memoir Unsurprisingly The Cursef the Boyfriend Sweater is very Buzzfeedesue it s The Early Girl Gets the Blood Wolf often funny sometimes thought provoking and also a bit allver the place I liked it but wanted to like it My Diary of a Library Nerd: An Erotic Diary of One Woman's Metamorphosis old roommate and I used to talk about how satisfying it is to just look at your knittingcrocheting How proud you can feel to make something from nothing alln your The Stonemere Park Breast Essays: From The L.C.T.F. Archives own How happy you can feel imagining its future My roommate told me stories about learning to knit advised men the best yarn for hats and blankets and warned me about the sweater curse too It s particularly satisfying to bond blankets and warned me about the sweater curse too It s particularly satisfying To Bond Someone Like bond someone like and Alanna Okun does it with words alone nary a skein in sight Her book is cozy and comforting and honestIt might be too honest thou. The Curse Let the Wolf Howl of the Boyfriend Sweater is a memoir about life truths learned through craftingPeople who craft know things They know how to transform pilesf yarn into sweaters and scarves They know that some items like woolen bikini tops are better left unknit They know that making a hat for a newborn baby isn’t just about crafting something small but appreciating the beginnings f life which sometimes helps ma. .About What They Re Passionate About So
Rried 24 yearsThe book itself is a collection f essays lists and stories I felt like I d met her family and friends mourned ver her losses and cheered her successes with her It was lovely for reading aloud n the
way home from Rhinebeck as my husband drove n the Mass Pike and through THE FALL WHENhome from Rhinebeck as my husband drove n the Mass Pike and through THE FALL WHEN WANTED SOMETHING SHORT TO READ fall when I wanted something short to read sleeping The cadence f the book alternated long and short like stockinette taking turns with two color brioche Some chapters were long some as short as a joke The tone was personal sometimes personal than I was comfortable with My favorite parts were her descriptions f the process Homesick of making how it feels how it weaves with the restf life I felt like Oh you too 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 A Criminal Affair 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 stories about how crafting has been a huge partf her life Each stitch is a step forward is not uite the final line but pretty darn close But it s incredibly not wrong and in true crafters fashion I want to embroider that Sangue Derramado onto something Every soften she would say something that made me stop what ever I was crafting f course I crafted and listened and go Oh Me too That s me And I would smile and go back to what I was doing Basically I m just really glad she wrote this Because now I don t feel so alone
In My Crafting Imy crafting I pretty much always pick up a book if it pertains to knitting As a fan f Stephanie Pearl McPhee s knitting centered writing I was expecting a series f highly identifiable essays where I would see myself r something very similar reflected in the writing I did find a good deal f that as someone whose crafts also make an apartment a home and who always has at least ne project in any given bagThe thing f it is though that Pearl McPhee has er a wider set f life experiences to draw n Okun is still fairly young and it comes through freuently particularly in all the relationship angst that permeates the pieces as well as in her efforts to make each dwelling home through crafts and her mother s help I suspect that content may be relatable content to ther readers than it was for me It was a light easy read easy to pick up and read an essay Confessions of a Teenage Hollywood Star or two between things though so I did enjoy it just not as much as I was hoping going into Frontf usOkun lays herself bare and takes readers into the parts Precious Stones: Their Occult Power and Hidden Significance of themselves theyften keep hidden Yet at the same time she finds humor in the daily indignities all crafters must face like when you catch the dreaded Second Sock Syndrome and can’t possibly finish the second in a pair Okun has written a book that will speak to anyone who has said to themselves r to everyone within earshot “I made that?. .