This creativity exercise is an excerpt from my book Hook to Heal, which offers 100 exercises to inspire the use of crochet to heal and improve all areas of life. This exercise comes from the “adventure” chapter.
Renee shares, “Crochet has gotten me through some rough times in my life; most significantly, my struggle with post-partum depression. My PPD manifested in the forms of anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder, and the act of crocheting gave me an outlet for all the negative energy.
Madelyn shares, “the most difficult illness I deal with is depression, not because I have it every day like I do the other problems, but because it lies to me, it skews my perception, it’s mean to me, it makes me feel worthless, it makes me not care. And it doesn’t just affect the mind, my whole body can be affected by depression, my physical pain is made worse.”
Here is a beautiful spring colored crochet mandala from Debbie, which she made using Wink’s Summer Hearts pattern. She had always loved the pattern and had it in her Ravelry queue and “to do” list so the project encouraged her to make this one.
I adore the texture and color of this spoke crochet mandala by Jane Feagans-King, who we know on this blog as gigididthis from Instagram. Describing herself simply, she writes that she is a “mom, nana, video producer, nurse, wife and queer sister” and adds “I crochet because it heals and gives me joy.” She shares her story about how crochet heals.
This pretty package for the Mandalas for Marinke project comes to us from Diane in Oregon, who used Wink’s Summer Hearts crochet mandala pattern worked with Size 5 Perle Cotton thread and a #7 crochet hook.
Today’s crochet contribution to the Mandalas for Marinke project comes to us from Kathryn in Kent, UK. This was the first crochet mandala she ever made, which has been true for a number of the people contributing to the project. I love this because it means that Wink continues to encourage people to try new things in the craft even though she’s no longer with us.