The First of The Crochet #MandalasForMarinke Has Arrived!


I spent the long weekend in Larkspur (north of me in Marin) and when I returned back to San Francisco I found the first of the Mandalas For Marinke contributions waiting for me. Opening this first package made me so happy. The mandalas are beautiful but more than that I just feel the energy and outpouring of love that went in to making them.

Meet Marinke (Wink’s Story from Crochet Saved My Life)

marinke slump

As most of you know, Wink and I first “met” when she shared her story with me for Crochet Saved My Life. That was several years ago and we stayed in touch periodically online since that time. I’ve been deeply impacted by her suicide and hope that the Mandalas For Marinke remembrance project will continue to honor her through sharing her work and raising awareness about depression. Today I thought I’d share her story as it was printed in Crochet Saved My Life.

Update on Prudence Mapstone’s Collaborative Crochet Flower Power Art Project

prudence mapstone crochet art project

Earlier this year freeform crochet artist Prudence Mapstone put out a call for contributions for her collaborative flower power art project celebrating the history and artistry of crochet. I was so thrilled to collaborate with my mother on a small piece to send to the project. I wanted to give an update on that project here today.

Instagram Honors the Work of Wink from A Creative Being

mandalas for marinke crochet

My regular featured crochet Instagram posts will resume next week but I wanted to dedicate this week to honoring Wink of A Creative Being who died from suicide last week. If you don’t know about her loss, you can read her sister’s blog post here and my initial reaction here. It is a huge loss for the crochet community world and the world as a whole and it has impacted many people deeply.

9 Crochet Mandala Patterns by Marinke

crochet mandala tutorial

I had planned to resume my Link Love posts this week but to be honest the only blogs I’ve been reading this week are related to Wink of A Creative Being. As you may have seen, I posted earlier this week about the shock and fear I experienced when learning about her suicide. Then I launched #MandalasForMarinke in the hopes that we can generate some positivity out of this tragedy, support each other in a creative way, honor her amazing work, raise awareness about depression and create an outlet for the many feelings that crafters who knew her online are experiencing. So this week I’ll share links to her crochet mandala patterns in place of the usual Link Love.