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On June 29th I opened my WordPress “Reader” as usual and read through the latest blog posts, commenting as I went, again, as usual. Then something that was far from usual happened.

A Creative Being popped up but, instead of being treated to one of Wink’s entertaining narratives or crochet works of art, her sister was the unwilling author informing us gently that Wink had taken her own life.

Wink, whose name was Marinke, was well known in the crochet world as contributing to the book ‘Crochet Saved My Life’ – she suffered from depression which finally became too much to bear.

Kathryn from the blog Crochet Concupiscence, is organising a collaborative art project in Wink’s honour and to raise awareness of this dreadful illness. If you would like to make a mandala for the cause, you can find out how at #MandalasForMarinke

This is the mandala I made from one of Wink’s own patterns (which you can find here for free) which is already winging its way to Kathryn in America.





On a much lighter note – I won a giveaway!!!

Amy, from the wonderful ‘Yarnaway’ blog was giving away all this yarny loveliness which I was over the moon to receive!


There is an amazing book which I cannot wait to get stuck into…….


……three balls of gorgeous yarn and a crochet hook……


……and a zipped pouch, all of which was tucked into a useful tote.



I’m so thrilled to be the winner – the only problem is deciding which of the numerous fabulous patterns in the book to make…..



Just a quick post today to show you a few of the things I’ve made for my #sewingsanta recipient (who remains anonymous!).

I spent the maximum limit of ten pounds ages ago so I thought I’d take some time to sew some little gifts with fabric and bits from my stash. This way it’s not cheating because they haven’t cost a penny other than my time spent creating them.

These are the added extras – and boy have I had fun!


This needlecase is made from remnants of silk – red on the outside and gold on the inside.


A cute little mandala key ring using scraps of felt and ribbon.


My very first attempt at needle felting – a tiny Robin brooch.


Shown briefly the other day, this pocket tissue cover was created from leftover fabric from a book bag project.


I had planned on including these pure lambswool fingerless gloves too, but they just sold on Folksy so I will have to make some more:)


There are more items to come because I’ve never had so much pleasure making random things just for the fun of it!

How’s your #sewingsanta parcel coming along?