mandalas for marinke

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 color combination on this pretty crochet mandala, which reminds me of the flowers in the card that accompanied the contribution. The golden yellow center hints at a flower. The two rounds of white really make the brighter colors pop. And the dark border adds an intensity that makes the rest of the work seem less fragile somehow, emanating, instead a strength. Beautiful.

Meet the Maker


This beautiful crochet mandala comes from Amy in CT who writes:

“I first discovered Wink’s mandalas in a British crochet magazine. What drew me to her patterns was the color and joyfulness I saw there. I started reading her blog and making more mandalas. I am now making the blanket she designed for the 2014 Scheepjes CAL.

I am sad that she has left the world and pray that awareness of depression will lead to preventing others from ending their lives.

Peace and love.”

Words from Wink


In January 2013, Wink joined a “52 lists” project. In week two, she listed these as her greatest comforts:


It mass me happy that several of them are related to yarn, crochet and making. And it makes me think about the small comforts in my own life that I want to celebrate.

About Depression


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. Today I want to share a great point by Alexis Nedd from a Buzzfeed post called 21 Things Nobody Tells You About Depression:

“Asking for help feels counterintuitive. One of the many lies depression will tell you is that nobody cares about you, so you won’t want to “bother” people by reaching out to them. Fight this lie. Wrestle it to the ground. Punch it in the face. Somebody will listen to you.”

I can’t remember where it comes from but it reminds me of another description of depression: Depression is a lying liar who lies.

I know that I can’t trust a lot of what my brain tells me (about myself, about the world around me) when I’m in the midst of depression. Even knowing that, all those silly thoughts feel so real.

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.


San Francisco based and crochet-obsessed writer, dreamer and creative spirit!

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