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This Program Is Read By The Author The Curse Of The Boyfriend Sweater Is Journalist Alanna Okun S Cozy Audiobook Memoir About Life Truths Learned Through Crafting People Who Craft Know Things They Know How To Transform Piles Of Yarn Into Sweaters And Scarves They Know That Some Items, Like Woolen Bikini Tops, Are Better Left Unknit They Know That Making A Hat For A Newborn Baby Isn T Just About Crafting Something Small But Appreciating The Beginnings Of Life, Which Sometimes Helps Make Peace With The Endings They Know That If You Knit Your Boyfriend A Sweater, Your Relationship Will Most Likely Be Over Before The Last Stitch Alanna Okun Knows That Crafting Keeps Her Anxiety At Bay She Knows That No One 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 Front Of Us In The Curse Of The Boyfriend Sweater, Okun Lays Herself Bare And Takes Listeners Into The Parts Of Themselves They Often 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 Alanna Okun S Newest Audiobook Will Speak To Anyone Who Has Ever Said To Themselves, Or To Everyone Within Earshot, I Made That

6 thoughts on “The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater: Essays on Crafting

  1. says:

    I am very picky with audio books because I tend to zone out easily if they don t catch my interest This, however, is so easy to listen to and seems incredibly genuine, especially because it is read by the author herself I m only halfway through but I will most likely devour the rest of this tonight Highly recommended And as most people reading this I would assume to be knitters crafters, this is a great thing to listen to while crafting.

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    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 is about appreciating the beginnings of life, which sometimes helps you make peace with the endings They know that if you knit your boyfriend a sweater, your relationship will most likely be over before the last stitch Alanna Okun knows that crafting keeps her anxiety at bay she knows that no one 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 front of us In her debut, Okun lays herself bare and takes readers into the parts of ourselves we often 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 The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater will speak to anyone who has said to themselves, or to everyone within earshot, I made that Taken from the inside flap of the book.At times hilarious and eerily relatable At other times, poingient to the point of bringing me to tears This was such a great book to read, as a crafter but also as a human I feel like she took the thoughts I think and put them into words I found myself nodding along and smiling to myself at times, laughing out loud when she would point out the yarn budget bargaining we go through when we find just the perfect yarn but can t quite justify the cost I also found myself pausing to digest what I had just read about love and death and the many other topics of life Okun tackles She has written so deeply about things like mental health and is so open and honest about anxiety, relationships and the things that keep her up at night that I forgot that I was even reading a book about essays on crafting.Alanna Okun has such a truthful, soul penetrating way of writing that throughout the whole book I found myself muttering to myself, yes Exactly For example, this is her speaking about her sister s struggle with her own mental health You grow up thinking that somebody who loves you should automatically know how to care for you, and vice versa That to love is to understand, and to understand is to know exactly how to act But so much gets lost between people We don t even know how best to care for ourselves a lot of the time, so how could we expect to do it so effortlessly for others I thought that if I truly loved Moriah, the way I knew I did, I should be able to help her I should be able to give her exactly what she needed even if she didn t know it yet analysis, clarity, a plan of action I should be able to follow the thread back to the moment it got tangled, the instant she first slipped into this sadness, and help her unknot it That was what I was best at that was all that I knew how to do.I had this odd tug on my heart the whole time I was reading this book because I wanted to be reading it equally as much as I wanted to be knitting This book is about so much than crafting It is about life and if you don t have any crafts that you participate in, you will want to find one after reading this book P.S There is some profanity in this book so if you are put off by that kind of thing, I still recommend it, but consider yourself warned

  3. says:

    I m in no way a crafter, but reading Alanna s essays made me call my mom and ask her to teach me how to knit, so that s a start This book is absolutely wonderful made my commute that much better It s beautifully written, witty, and all those precious, emotional moments make you realize life is like a sweater You cast on, knit, and bind off Sometimes you end up with the perfect sweater and sometimes you don t As long as you learn from your mistakes you can try again.

  4. says:

    Beautiful I laughed and teared up many times This is a book to either devour in one sitting laying because you cannot help it or to patiently pace yourself through because you never want it to end Alanna Okun is a stellar and evocative writer I found myself thinking of this book often when I was away from it and find this still after having finished The writer s human experiences are so relatable and her spins on them so unique that my I found my perspective shifting throughout my normal day to day goings on A gem of a book Looking forward to her next one.

  5. says:

    Too much discussion of mental health issues too much self mutilation profanity too strong, but able to ignore until page 81 Question to the author would you have dared to state that expression using a certain other historical figure s name Didn t you realize it would be a bit over the top Threw the book out with the kitty litter.

  6. says:

    Ms Okun nails it As a 48 year knitter I can so relate to her writings on crafting and life Knitting saw me through the good the bad and the occasional ugly sweater times I learned at the knee of my Grammy at the age of 8 I liked her the rest of the fam hated her but she was nice to me and I think she saw me in herself I have anxiety and knitting helps me cope I also have a sister like yours and can relate Working in a yarn shop later I can t tell you how many girls I talked out of knitting their new boyfriends sweaters for holidays Don t get upset when you see the new girl wearing it Knit a scarf it s much better and you ll enjoy it when he goes Knit knit knit..