I’ve always loved Wink’s blog A Creative Being – not only are the crochet projects beautiful, colorful, and modern, but the text is riddled with smiley faces, exclamation points, and enthusiastic “taddah!”s. You could feel her excitement in every post.
When I heard of Wink’s passing, I was shocked and so sad for her and her family. I’m grateful that Kathryn of Crochet Concupiscence organized a project to collect mandalas made from Wink’s patterns. The “Mandalas for Marinke” project was designed to honor Wink’s contributions to the world of crochet and increase depression and suicide awareness. In times like these, I don’t have the right words, but I do have my crochet hook. My contributions are made from her Spoke Mandala and Crochet Home Mandala patterns. (You can see all the contributions, as they are posted, by following the hashtag “#mandalasformarinke“)
Wink herself used crochet to deal with her social anxiety and depression. As she told Kathryn in her book “Crochet Saved My Life,” the mixture of repetition and creativity made crochet the perfect hobby, and later, business.
“Crochet is basically repeating the same thing over and over again, and for me that flow really helps me get through the day. But at the same time, you have to keep thinking about what you’re doing, so it never gets boring. And you get to be creative while you’re at it – what more can you want?”
If you are suffering with suicidal thoughts, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK. They are open 24/7 and are ready to help you. You’re not alone.
PS – Photos by Erin Markan of Folks Collected. Thanks, Erin!