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 lovely crochet mandala is made in soft cotton using Marinke’s mandala crochet pattern for the Summer Hearts mandala. It’s made using same basic color suggestions that Wink herself used and is a terrific example of what this mandala was intended to look like. I love the feel of it (can’t stop touching it!), the crispness of the stitches that cotton yarn provides and the way the soft colors stand out against the rows of white.
Meet the Maker
This wonderful contribution to the project comes to us from Aurelia in Oklahoma. She, like so many of us, was inspired by the talents Wink showed on her blog.
Words by Wink
Marinke may have faced her own struggles in life but she wasn’t self-consumed in them. In fact, she often reached out to others in need. On May 29, 2011, she shared a photo of a heart she was making and added:
“I’ve also been crocheting this cool heart for a friend of mine, who is in need of a little extra love this week. I saw the pattern on Ravelry months ago and I made a mental note to make it as soon as the occasion arose! I also added a little tag that says “just a little lovin’”. I’m going to send it out tomorrow; I hope my friend likes it.”
Wink’s heart was always in the right place.
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 wanted to let you know that there is such a thing as Seasonal Depression in the summer months. Many people know about Seasonal Affective Disorder and how it is common for people in areas with lots of winter rain and little sunlight to experience depression during the winter months. And many people know that depression can spike around major holidays, including the Christmas holidays. However, not nearly as many people are aware that a lot of people suffer from Summer Seasonal Depression, also known as Reverse Seasonal Affective Disorder.
According to the 2002 NY Times article (linked immediately above), “Those afflicted during the summer often experience agitation, loss of appetite, insomnia and, in extreme cases, increased suicidal fantasies.” More women than men suffer from this condition (as with regular major depression) and as of 2002 it was believed that approximately 1% of the popular might have Summer Seasonal Affective Disorder. The causes of the condition are unknown but a 2014 article from The Atlantic suggests possible causes include seasonal allergies, too much heat and too much light. Many people with Reverse Seasonal Affective Disorder don’t realize that it’s a pattern and think that it’s another relapse into major depression.
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.