Dienstag, 30. Juni 2015

My Mandala for Wink

Many of us are shocked about the loss of Wink (A creative being).
It's a huge tragedy for her family, friends & the whole crochet world.

We know her wonderful patterns
but she was sharing much more with her followers.
Wink also wrote about her life,
her Asperger syndrome
& her depression.

She also shared her personal story
in Kathryn Vercillo's book

In her last post Wink wrote:
"I am in a very dark place right now, and I am looking 
for the light at the end of a very long and dark tunnel.
(...) As long as I’m crafting, I’m alive, and as long as I’m alive, 
I might be able to find my way out of the darkness."

It's heartbreaking she couldn't
find her way to the light.

Crochet was so important to her
& she was definitely
one of the fastest crocheters
on this planet:

 Because of Wink we can still learn to pronounce 
"Scheepjes" the right way:

Her death has touched me deeply.
I've been in the same place last year
& I can totally relate to the words
Wink has left us in her last post.

I know many crocheters suffering from depression.
And I've also worked in a mental hospital
- teaching patients how to crochet.
It can be such a great benefit to have this skill
& there are some things we all can do:

1. Show your skills to persons who suffer because of depression
2. Take care of each other
3. Be positive & kind to everyone, every smile improves this world
4. Raise awareness about depression

This is my Mandala for Wink.
It's made with Winks beautiful pattern Spoke Mandala
I will send it to Kathryn Vercillo
for her artwork for Wink.
You will find all inormation here.
If you want you can also light a virtual candle for Wink
on a Page her family has created for her.
R.I.P Wink.
You will be missed.

Sonntag, 21. Juni 2015

Granny Square Bowl

Last year a pretty awesome tutorial went viral -
of course I've added it to my virtual to-crochet-list
- my Dada Neon Crochet timeline on Facebook!

I absolutely fell in love with this stunning
With her kind permission I can show you a photo of her work here: 

by Marrose - Colourful Crochet & Crafts (http://marrose-ccc.com/tutorials-2/yarn-ends-bowl/)

As you know I'm always working on too many projects
& so it took quite a while
until this wonderful piece of scrap yarn art
came into my mind again!

While making the paste for the project
(Just with water, flour & sugar!)
I was thinking:
Why not trying it with granny squares...
That's the result & I'm pretty pleased!

Sooo...and this is what I did:

First of all:
Making the paste!
Marianne of Marrose - Colorful Crochet & Crafts
has used this recipe of Carolyn's Homework (Click!)
& so I followed the instructions...

Then I've covered a salad bowl with plastic wrap...

I've soaked the pieces with the paste
& and then I covered the bowl with Granny Squares...
(The 3 Squares are made with the pattern
Circle In a Square Granny by Zooty Owl
the middle square was a leftover of a project,
I can't remember the pattern name
but every circle pattern should perfectly work)

Sooo much paste left!
So I soaked another single Granny Square with the paste...

...and arranged it on another
plastic wrapped bowl...

It took 4-5 days to dry
so you have to be patient!
(We didn't have much sunshine,
if you have some sunny days
let them dry in the sun!)

...so pretty!!!

...also nice as a helmet, haha!

If you make YOUR version
please post it to Dada Neon Crochet!
And if you are inspired to make
Marianne's awesome Yarn Ends Bowl
show her your work on Marrose - Colorful Crochet & Crafts!
I will definitely need one, too! ;-)

Stay awesome! (And creative!)