The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater
- Essays on Crafting
- By: Alanna Okun
- Narrated by: Alanna Okun
- Length: 4 hrs and 36 mins
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.
- By E. J. Butler on 03-21-18
Cozy essays for crafters
The premise of the the boyfriend sweater curse is this: if you knit a sweater for your partner (usually before marriage), the relationship is guaranteed to end before the sweater is done. It’s a very old-fashioned superstition, and yet I don’t know many knitters who have chosen to test it. You see, the curse is not so much about the end product itself, but the time, devotion, and love that goes into creating something for somebody else deemed worthy of such an undertaking—and that’s exactly the sentiment Okun puts forth in this cozy collection of personal essays about her own crafting experiences. A lifelong maker, she thoughtfully reflects on those moments unique to those of us who create—from those small joys (spotting a fellow crafter on the subway), to the surprising solace the hobby can offer when life seems to spin outside of your control. Relatable, witty, and comforting, this collection has a little something for creators of all types. And, bonus, most selections are just brief enough to pick up during short crafting sessions!