monica crochet mandalasformarinke

This contribution to Mandalas for Marinke comes from Monica, a 50+ female who says “I lost my job, 4+ months out of work, crochet saved my mind! This piece is Day at the Lake.” She shares,

“I was trolling the Internet and found Wink’s website. I was touched by her openness to talk about who she is and what was important to her in Life. I did not realize she was fighting mental illness. I have worked in mental health 20+ years and am frustrated how little progress has been made; the best things have been grassroots movements and peer support.

monica crochet mandala for wink

I find crocheting to be peaceful, inspiring, creative and loving. I can extend pieces of crochet to people I love, acquaintances, holidays, birthdays or just a “piece” of encouragement. Depression is so tough; medication helps some, exercise can help.

My father had bipolar disorder and committed suicide at age 77. My son had 4 DUIs and spent time in jail. My first husband was controlling and anger undercurrent. It is everywhere and touches so many lives.¬†Everyone who is helped and healed through needlearts is a blessing. It can be a way to say, “take care of yourself first”.¬†

monica crochet mandala 2

She also shares a message for Wink’s family,

“I am so sorry for your loss. I can’t even imagine. Wink inspired me and many, many other people. I loved her colors, simple design, easy to use directions and inspiration about her life and values. It was as if she were talking to me! I wish you all the best; peace and comfort. Her days counted and made a difference. I made my first mandala because of Wink.”

monica crochet mandala 1

This post is part of the Mandalas for Marinke project.


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

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