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 crochet mandala is Wink’s standard 12-round free crochet mandala pattern made using a terrific four-color repeat of white, purple, bright pink and green. The vibrancy of the colors is perfect!

Meet the Maker

TheCATTLady's Crochet Contribution to Mandalas for Marinke

This comes From Andrea of The CATT Lady Podcast who says:

I am the CATT Lady and love to “Craft All The Things”. I have a blog and weekly podcast in which I talk about all things crafty – but mostly knitting and my new love of spinning.

I have two young children, a wonderful husband and two senior cats. I stay home and care for my kids and attempt to take care of my house. In my spare time (what is that?!) I craft craft craft!”

TheCATTLady's Crochet Contribution to Mandalas for Marinke

Andrea shares:

“I am a crafter, but my passion is for knitting. I have dabbled in crochet here and there and it’s always been one of those things that I planned to figure out … someday. Many other crafts always came first however.

When I was perusing Instagram, I saw a sad post about a girl who had taken her own life. Being curious by nature, I delved into the post and looked up who this “Wink” was. I read her sister’s farewell post on A Creative Being and my heart was broken.

Such a young, beautiful woman being taken by such a dark and evil disease. I feel as if all us crafty people are kindred spirits. Anytime I ever meet anyone who knits, sews, spins, crochets, etc., I always get along well with the, and feel like I’ve known them my whole life.

Following the days in Wink’s passing, I feel that was the same with her. I would have liked her, I would have gotten along with her, as did all of those who followed her.

TheCATTLady's Crochet Contribution to Mandalas for Marinke

I knew from that day I needed to pick up my crochet hook and finish a project in her memory. At first I just saw the #mandalasforwink tag floating around so I started there. I made a small coaster-sized “Magic Spike Mandala” pattern that I found on Ravelry. As I was finishing that one up, I saw another hashtag, the #mandalasformarinke. I delved into that one and found this wonderful project to donate to.

I instantly found a mandala pattern by Wink and started it right away. I put aside all of my other craft projects and focused on this one. It took only a few days, but I had a flawed, but beautiful mandala completed.

I say flawed but beautiful because there are many mistakes in it. I am a beginner and knew that it wouldn’t be perfect. But you wouldn’t be able to tell that just by looking at it. I see this as a great comparison to us humans. We are all flawed, but we are all beautiful. You look at someone and can never see their “flaws” or their battles. They could look as put together and happy as can be, but could be in great pain on the inside.

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of such a kind and creative soul. I hope this project can help the family of Wink heal and help those that may be dealing with dark days reach out for help and know they are not alone. We are all here to help. You are loved, don’t be afraid. We are here for you.”

Connect with Andrea as TheCATTLady on Ravelry, Instagram and Facebook.

Words by Wink

TheCATTLady's Crochet Contribution to Mandalas for Marinke

Wink often celebrated her blog’s growth and the friends she made through it. In June 2013 she wrote:

“Can somebody pinch me? Is this really all happening to me? Me, and my little ‘ol blog? How did this happen? I started this blog on May 3rd, 2011, a mere two years ago. Two years, and it has grown from a little blog that no-one read (I remember the day I got a comment on one of my blog posts – I went through the roof!) to a full-time occupation with lots of lovely and loyal followers that I consider to be my best friends.”

About Depression

TheCATTLady's Crochet Contribution to Mandalas for Marinke

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.

TheCATTLady's Crochet Contribution to Mandalas for Marinke

Today I want to share the What I Be Project, one of 8 breathtaking projects I highlighted in an article awhile back, and I specifically wanted to highlight the 100+ photos from people who identify with depression. In this project, portraits are taken of people who have words written on their bodies that tell their stories. Some of the phrases people wrote on themselves for the depression category include: “stigmatized”, “I hope it doesn’t make you leave me”, “Good days, bad weeks”, “serotonin” and “she’s broken”. It’s a really intense, powerful project to look at.

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!

1 Comment

  1. Jodiebodie Reply

    The metaphor that Andrea has found with her ‘beginner’s mandala’ and the human condition is wonderful; very touching. Well done, Andrea, for getting to the crochet hook at last and doing a great job with pretty and fresh colours.

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