PhyllisAnn learned to crochet in her early teens but really turned to the craft as an adult during a time of need.
These lovely little crochet mini mandalas come from Dineke who writes, “Thank you for your great initiative to create awareness about depression and to honour Marinke. I hope these mini mandalas help a little!”
In this exercise, you will crochet a basket where you can store and display items that are close to your heart. Waarom? When you collect several items that you love and put them into one display, you essentially create a shrine to your own happiness. This is a place where you can continually re-fuel your own creative spirit. A crochet basket is a great place to store these items.
Dit “Sunshine Amid the Storm” mandala comes to us from Melissa in Canada (on Instagram @mknyveld). Ze schrijft, “This mandala symbolizes my struggle from suicide attempt, to putting my life back together slowly. I didn’t think it was possible, but ti make with my hands continues to help bring light on dark days.”
These two precious crochet mandalas come to us from Kari Green of Jester Creations. Kari is a Scottish 40-something single mother of two teenage boys. She loves knitting, Haakvideo, drawing and reading and says she, “can’t not have a creation in the making in my hands when I’m not working. And I know all too well how mental health issues can impact on every aspect of life.”
This set of Mandalas for Marinke comes to us from Selina whose tagline on Ravelry (@knittedruby) leest, “Knitting and crochet are the only things that keeps me sane in this mad, mad world.”
These two beautiful crochet mandalas (one spoke mandala and one standard 12-round mandala, each using Wink’s patterns) were contributed anonymously to the Mandalas for Marinke remembrance project. This post also discusses coping mechanisms through the lens of “rubber band theory”.