Crochet Luna Vlogcast Episode 13 Blessed and Thankful – Mandalas for Marinke Episode 13


We are on Thanksgiving Break. Thanksgiving is this Thursday November 23, 2017.  It will be our first Vegan Thanksgiving but really, only for my husband and me.  We have been eating a plant based diet since this past summer.  Lucky for us, a Vegan restaurant opened in our little downtown area.  The owner, Shanti is fabulous! She also does cooking classes.  My husband and I have attended her classes and let’s just say…yum!

The last class was all about Thanksgiving preparations and my husband was lucky enough to attend.  We will be putting several dishes together to take to the family Thanksgiving and I’m sure it will be yummy!

Check out my local Vegan restaurant.  Please note that she has limited hours of operation so be sure to check the website for hours.

California Homemades



RA Update: I overworked myself last week and by the end of the week, I was very achy.  The no sleep did not help but I am feeling better now.

While my husband was attending the cooking class I was headed to Long Beach for a very special evening.

When I started crocheting in the Fall of 2013 I had no idea that there was a whole global crochet community.  One of the first connections I made to this was a blog I found that was full of information and resources.  The blog is  it is a blog created by Kathryn Vercillo.  She is a Tucson native who lives in San Francisco and who is “an author, blogger, crafter, artist…” Vercillo, K. (2017). Mandalas For Marinke Publisher: Author.

She used to do a roundup on Sundays of different crochet IG images.  I couldn’t believe it when one week, one of my little projects popped up in the round up.  I made me so happy.  Kathryn’s blog is a wealth of resource.  If you have not checked it out, you totally should.  Use #crochetconcupiscence to tag your projects on Instagram.

Fast forward to the summer of 2015 when I read the news that a lovely Dutch designer and blogger by the name of Marinke Slump known as Wink had succumbed to depression and committed suicide.  When I read Kathryn’s post the day she wrote about the sad news I very much felt the strong impact it made on Kathryn.  It made me sad to read about what had happened.

I immediately went to Wink’s blog  I looked at all the lovely posts and the patterns she had created.  She had even written a book.  It was called Boho Crochet: 30 Hip and Happy Projects.

When Kathryn announced she was doing a special crochet project to honor Wink’s memory, I knew that I wanted to be a part of it.

In September, I visited Wink’s blog and started on my first mandala project ever.  I used the pattern for her Standard 12 round mandalas.

Wink is given much credit in the crochet community for bringing the crochet mandala to popularity.  Before she was designing and posting about the crochet mandala there was not much out there.  It’s hard to see that now since crochet mandala patterns can be found everywhere these days.

Check out her Ravelry page. She has 54 patterns available.

I so enjoyed the making of this first mandala that I made many more and have since. You may remember all those mandalas that finally got their ends woven in this summer.  I have made and gifted many mandalas since making that first one.

Wink was also working on a book that was completed by the help of a second author Anita Mundt.  The book is called Crochet Mandalas. You can find it on Amazon’s website.,204,203,200_QL70_&dpSrc=srch

There is a beautiful blanket pattern that she was working on that 12 crochet designers/friends of Wink came together to finish.  The blanket was part of a CAL hosted by yarn company Scheepjes.  The blanket is gorgeous.  There are three versions of it.

The name of the CAL is Last Dance on the Beach.  I got a little choked up when I saw the name of theCAL and the names of the different versions of the blanket.  I will make this blanket.  It will be one to start for 2018.  The pattern is on the Scheepjes website.

I was not able to figure out how to get a hold of the yarn packs, maybe they don’t sell them as a pack anymore but the list of the colors used for each version is available.

I found a lovely video of Wink schooling us on how to pronounce the name we love to butcher: Scheepjes.  Here is the video of Wink.

For over a year Kathryn posted the mandalas that were submitted to her.  Over 1,000 mandalas. “There were more than 350 total contributors coming from more than 30 different countries around the world” Vercillo, K. (2017). Mandalas For Marinke Publisher: Author.

I mailed off my mandala in September of 2015.  Shortly after, I received a lovely postcard from Kathryn thanking me for my contribution. In March of 2016, she wrote a lovely post about my submission.

Kathryn had also shared that she would be putting together an art show as well as a book to showcase the mandalas that were contributed to the project. Imagine my surprise to read that there was going to be a showing of the mandalas as well as an opportunity to meet Kathryn here in Southern California.  I was looking forward to it all week.  I dropped my kiddos off at my parents, so they could enjoy some grandparent time and I headed off to Long Beach.

The show was taking place at a lovely art space called Grab Bag Studio.

I was met warmly by ladies of Threadwinners Alyssa and Liz.  They are a crochet team that creates fiber art in Southern California.  They were critical in making the art show happen.

I was introduced to Kathryn and I was so happy to finally meet her. She was so nice and approachable.  Her gorgeous pup was with her and we took a selfie!  The evening was great.  I loved seeing all the lovely mandalas and to see the dance performance that took place.

I was also able to purchase the book Mandalas For Marinke.  A wonderful self-published book that documents the project as well as wealth of resources.  The book has beautiful photos of the mandalas as well are collages that utilize the mandalas in part or as whole. There are simple instructions to make a basic mandala. References on the symbolism of the mandala, books dealing with depression and suicide, movies, websites.  In all, a wonderful resource.

I also picked up another one of Kathryn’s books: Hook to Heal! 100 crochet exercises for health, growth, connection, inspiration, and honoring your inner artist.

Both of these books as well at her book Crochet Saved My Life, can be purchased through Amazon.

I cannot express enough how honored I am to be part of this project. Thank you Kathryn!


Took a trip to Michaels and bought some Red Heart Super Saver and Patons Classic Wool.

Red Hear Super Saver colors: Carrot, Flamingo, Heather Grey, Aran, Country Blue

I Visited Yarns at Border Leather in Chula Vista, California.

I picked up a skein of Malabrigo Rios in color 005 Aniversario and I picked up the rest of my yarn to finish my Skull fillet Jumper.  I picked up some Berrocco Vintage in the colors, 5168 and 51180

Finished Objects F/Os

This week I have 3 finished objects.  All are based on the pattern Cowl Neck Poncho Tutorial by Bobwilson123.

This is a quick make and I am totally addicted to making these!

I used Red Heart Super Saver Yarn as well a Patons Classic Wool as well as Classic Wool in Merino.

Check out how to do a standing double crochet.

I also finished three project bags.  I used this tutorial.

Works in Progress (WIPs)

New work in progress is Spun Gold by Kat Goldin.

Llamacorn stitch marker by Pandia’s Jewels.

I am using a sock blank I purchased from Goosey fibers.

The sock blank is called “Aid to Texas”

Check out the details for the Crochet Circle Podcast and Love Charlie Podcast CAL.

I finally picked up the yarn I need to finish my Skull Jumper by Pony Mctate.

The yarn is Nevado by Omega yarn company.

Pattern Palooza

New pattern by the talented Quayln Stark of the Quoe Podcast.  It’s called Melchior Scarf and it’s gorgeous!

Standard 12-Round Mandala by Marinke Slump

Spoke Mandala By Marinke Slump

Christmas light decoration by Marinke Slump

Gorgeous Wrist Warmers by Marinke Slump

Canyon Ridge Fringed Poncho

Noro Rhombus Poncho

Happy Scrappy Swapless Swap

I’m so happy to announce the Mini Swapless Swap that is currently running in the Ravelry group by Lisa Woodruff.  Check it out for more information.

Lisa also has a podcast on YouTube called Happy Scrappy Life.

Holiday Card Swap

If you would like to swap Holiday Cards with me and receive a Crochet Luna Holiday postcard send me an email with your mailing address.  Email me at


Don’t forget to join the Crochet Luna Ravelry Group for this episode’s giveaway.  I am giving away a copy of the book Hook to Heal by Kathryn Vercillo.

Other Mandala books I shared on the video:

Mandalas to Crochet by Haafner Linssen

Modern Crochet Mandalas by the Editors at Interweave

Thank you so much for watching and Happy Thanksgiving!

Crochet Luna Vlogcast Episode 12 The Sweetest Things



In this episode I talk about:

Salvadorean Traditions for Day of the Dead

Celebrated on November 2 – We call it Dia de los Difuntos ( another way of saying dead). Traditions include:

Visit loved ones graves

Clean graves and repaint crosses/headstones

Bring flowers to the graves of loved ones

Cook ayotes en miel ( squash/pumpkin in honey)


Mexican tradition for day of the Dead

Celebration starts October  31 – November 2

Colorful celebrations are more in Central and Southern Mexico and include altars and sugar skulls.

Sugar skulls adorn altars and are supposed to be a treat for the visiting spirits.

Here is a good blog post that explains some of the traditions:

I’m incorporating the altar tradition to remember my loved ones who have passed.



A special thanks to my co-host Hannah of The Cozy Cottage Crochet Podcast.

Thank you to all who participated.

Winner of the Chatter Thread – BrowneyedgirlGB

Winner of the F/O Thread- jojogeee (this was her first Tunisian crochet project!)


A special thanks to my co-host Jo who is jojotwinkletoes on Instagram and Ravelry.

Thank you to all who participated.

Winner of the Chatter Thread –  Ravelry/Instagram: JustALilBitCrafty

Winner of the F/O Thread-  Ravelry: Weezy34   Instagram: Crochetcorner99


I’ve been making project bags.  I am experimenting to see what shapes work and I’ve been having a blast doing it.  I have used two main YouTube tutorials for making the bags.

Crafty Gemini Creates:

Hue Loco:


I finished this super simple Cowl Neck Poncho by bobwilson123

Yarn: Red Heart – Peruvian Print



I’m working on finishing my Fillet Skull Sweater for the HALCAL2017.

Pattern by Pony Mctate:

Simply Crochet Issue 59


Pattern: Basalt  by Fay Dashpher-Hughes Designs


Pattern: Skysail Top by Elena Fedotova


Pattern: Spun Gold by Kat Goldin


Check out Pearl & Plum on Etsy for cute project bags.



Cable socks from Interweave magazine Fall 2017 issue.

There has been mini progress on my Gorman Street socks from the book Step Into Crochet by Rohn Strong.




Last Friday of the month we are dyeing yarn! You should try it.  It can be done in so many ways.  I used the tutorials in Hue Loco’s YouTube Channel.

The book I am reading is called: Hand Dyeing Yarn and Fleece by Gail Callahan

The started set of the acid dyes was bought on Amazon and they Jacquard Acid Dyes

I ordered yarn from Wool 2 Dye4:


These are the patterns I shared:

Chic Cowl Neck Poncho


Dubonnet Poncho


Chevron Shawl


Vintage Ripple Shawl


Urband Tunic


Foxy Cape


Winners of the Enamel Pins:

Youtube: Joyce Gravino (please contact me at

Ravelry: OddbutAvid


A Big Thank you to Hannah of the Crochet Circle Podcast for the lovely gift she sent.


Thanks so much for watching!