Friday, 3 July 2015


Many of you in the crochet world will by now have heard about Wink. Wink had the most amazing crochet blog, she was candidly honest about her struggle with depression and credited crochet and creativity with helping her beat her depression.

Sadly, Wink lost her fight against her depression. You can read her sister's touching post on Wink's blog here.

Even though I only "knew" Wink through her blog, this news has really impacted me. It seems impossible that someone so vibrant, creative and colorful could succumb to the darkness like this.  It just goes to show you never really really know what someone else is going through.  I've blogged very briefly about my Post-Natal Depression before and depression is a cruel thing.  It's misunderstood, and by it's very nature the darkenss, self-doubt and helplessness is often all consuming for the sufferer.

Kathryn from Crochet Concupiscence says all I want to say about Wink, and far more eloquently than I ever could. You can read her beautiful words on her blog

One of Wink's signature patterns was her love of mandalas.  I was at Yarndale in Yorkshire in Sept 2014 where lots of people across the globe had contributed crochet mandalas for a project by Lucy of Attic 24. (Yarndale Mandalas)  Many of them were Wink mandalas.

Now there is another Mandala Project.... Mandalas for Marinke.  Its in memory of Wink, but it will also raise awareness of depression. Here is my mandala, ready to send off:

I used Wink's "I Love Holland" pattern. You can find it in her Ravelry store.

Rest in peace Wink..... we'll all miss you.