Here is the next of the beautiful, inspiring, special contributions coming in to the #MandalasForMarinke remembrance project. I am grateful for each and every amazing contribution. You are invited to join; learn more here.
Beautiful Crochet Mandala
I love the artistry of this textured, multidimensional crochet mandala. It’s got terrific richness of color, with double-stranding of the yarn, worked in reds and pinks and purples. The white surface crochet adds motion and intrigue. The white border finishes it off perfectly. This is an anonymous contribution to the project.
Words by Wink
In February 2013, Wink turned a doodle into a doily. She shared:
“I used to draw a lot when I was still in college and it felt really good to just sit down with a sketch pad and a graphite pencil, and just draw for the sake of drawing.
A very simple sketch but such an awesome shape. And then I started thinking; could I turn this into a doily of some kind? Well, I tried. And even though I don’t think I succeeded admirably, it was still a fun process; I made this myself, from scratch!
I have to tell you; I’m starting to develop a new kind of respect for the old-style crochet; the thin threads, the creme colour, and the obvious hours that go into it.”
One purpose of this project is to raise awareness about depression so each post will end with some facts, thoughts or quotes about depression, suicide and/or mental health.
Did you know that suicide rates are higher in wealthier neighborhoods? It’s a statistic that you have to look at closely to understand, though. Basically, if you have a very low income, and if you are unemployed, then you are at higher risk for suicide. The risk is even greater if you have a low income and are living in a wealthier neighborhood.
The 2012 study references above “discovered a new benchmark: $34,000. Make anything less than that and your risk of suicide increases by 50%; but raise your income from $34,000 to as high as $102,000 and suicide rates decrease only marginally.”
So having some money does protect you a bit against suicide but only up to a point. After that, it doesn’t make much difference. However, if you’re living in a wealthy neighborhood but making less than your neighbors then the risk goes up.
(I assume that this information pertains specifically to certain geographic areas. I don’t have the details on that.)
All contributions to Mandalas for Marinke are welcome and will help raise awareness about depression while honoring her work in the same way that this great contribution has done today. Details to join here.