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

This is a beautifully bold neon version of the standard 12 round crochet mandala pattern by Marinke. I love the way that the variegated neon yarn is worked in throughout between rows of solid colors. And I really love the tagged message added on to Never Give Up. It adds even more hope to the piece.

Meet the Maker


This special crochet mandala comes to us from Karen who says,

I am a stay at home mom of 4 grown / teen children, nana to one beautiful grandson with another on the way! My husband is very patient with my yarn hoarding and encourages me in everything I do. He is my Knight in Shining Armor.”

Karen blogs at The Shtick I Do. Find her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram under the name crochet2002.

She adds on her blog:

To those who knew her and to her family

I express my deepest sympathies and want you to know

that my prayers are with you and with Wink.

Words by Wink


On August 31, 2011, Wink shared some fun facts about herself including:

“I’m somewhat of a hippie. I love the 60’s (and the 70’s, and the 50’s, and the 80’s…) and I try to live my daily life with a hippie mindset. It’s really not that hard: be friendly to everyone, don’t judge on appearance or anything else, recycle, don’t stand in the shower longer than 10 minutes, don’t own a car, don’t rush.”

She added that she loves animals, doesn’t eat meat and never did any drugs.

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 highlight something that Jillian Capewell just wrote in her article 6 Things a Woman With Depression Wants You To Know where she makes the point: Putting on a happy face in public doesn’t mean we’re “faking it.”.

She adds: “people with depression don’t look like glum cartoon frowny faces, or spend their days sighing and staring out of rainy windows. We contain multitudes, man — some days, or months are easier than others. Most of the time I come off as a happy and sociable person, because that’s the version of myself that I want to project to the world.

Many people online have mentioned that Wink seemed so happy in her blog and that they didn’t realize she was dealing with depression. I thought it was important to highlight this point that often we aren’t faking it when we are presenting as happy to the world, in person or on our sites. Sometimes we’re presenting our best side, sometimes we’re presenting the way we wish we are, sometimes we’re finding a moment of happiness in the midst of the darkness (which is what I suspect Wink was doing when she posted small moments of joy like her Instagram of wearing flowers in her hair). Depression is complicated.

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.


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