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

Debi's Crochet MandalasforMarinke

My very favorite thing about this terrific crochet mandala is the set of three flower buttons set slightly off center! Adore this touch.

debi's crochet mandala with buttons

Meet the Maker

Cochet mandalas for marinke by debi

This precious crochet mandala comes from Debi Y. of Dly’s Hooks and Yarns. You’ve seen her on this blog before, when I’ve shared her various patterns over the years. In fact, last year I gave her my Awesome Crochet Blogger Award for Best Crochet Baby Patterns. At that time I wrote about her:

edging of crochet mandala by debi

“Debi’s blog is a mixture of her work, notes on her life, links to things she things we may like and free crochet patterns. She’s been blogging steadily for seven years. Recently she switched over to the joy of Instagram (@debi_y) but she still plans to share crochet patterns on her blog.”

Debi wrote the above message for this project, which reads:

“Marinke (Wink) was a beautiful girl. She will be missed.”

I once quoted Debi on this blog as saying:

We crochet squares, hats, scarves, and blankets to donate so those in need can feel the warmth and comfort of someone who cares. We crochet for others before we crochet for ourselves.”

Learn lots more about Debi here.

Words by Wink

crochet flower buttons mandala by debi

Wink made a crochet flower tutorial for Tuts+, at the end of which she wrote:

“Now that you know how to make a simple crochet flower, there is only one thing you can do next: make more flowers! These little cuties are perfect to brighten up an outfit, decorate a journal, or stick to a gift for your best friend. They are very versatile and a great excuse to experiment working with multiple colors!”

crochet mandalas for marinke message by debi

About Depression

mandalasformarinke crochet by debi

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 let’s talk about depression in menopause.

crochet mandala by debi y

Julie Dargan writing for HuffPo says:

“The perimenopausal period is associated with a higher vulnerability for depression, with risk rising from early to late perimenopause and decreasing during postmenopause. Women with a history of depression are up to five times more likely to have a MDD (Major Depressive Disorder) diagnosis during this time period.”

And one menopause site says: “Women ages 45 to 55 are four times more likely to have depression than women who have not yet reached that stage in life.”

There are differing opinions on what causes an increase in depression during perimenopause but one likely reason is the change in hormones; Magnolia Miller points out that estrogen levels are linked with serotonin levels so when estrogen falls, so does serotonin.

There are various options for treating depression in menopause, just as there are with treating all other depression and include the same types of things (therapy, medication, self-care, and a combination of these) as well as hormone replacement therapy (which is controversial among some people.

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. I suffer from both depression in all the varying strengths over the years, and a condition called Cyclothymia (or Bipolar Light as I like to explain it to anyone looking baffled). When I first saw this series I was unsure how to feel, as I hated the thought of being reminded of my own ilness so fequently. However, I love it. Each beautiful mandala, filled with the care and thought of its creator, makes me feel a little more hope for my own future. I was devastated to learn of that depression stole Wink’s life, it is such a terribly cruel illness. Thank you for this wonderful tribute – I’d like you to know that you are helping some other people battling the darkness out here x

    • Kathryn Reply

      Thank Emma, I appreciate that you shared your concerns about the series … I definitely think there’s difficulty in regularly being reminded by our issues but am glad to hear that you’re finding solace in it. I hope it continues to be inspiring. For me, it can sometimes be hard to sort through each of the mandalas and read those stories but it is also so enheartening to see zoo many people putting their difficulties into creativity and helping others. <3

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