Savoy Bookshop & Cafe presents an open house book signing with Alanna Okun for the book The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater. This event is free and open to the public.
About the Book
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 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.
Okun lays herself bare and takes readers 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). Okun has written a book that will speak to anyone who has said to themselves, or to everyone within earshot, “I made that.”
About the Author
Alanna Okun is the author of The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater: Essays on Crafting. She's currently a senior editor at Racked, and previously worked at BuzzFeed. Her work has been featured in Apartment Therapy, NPR, The Hairpin, The Billfold, and Brooklyn Magazine among others, and she's appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America, and many other TV and radio programs. She lives in Brooklyn with a lot of yarn.