The Big Mandala Swap

There is something very exciting in issue 5 of Crochet Now magazine – it’s a gorgeous book full of beautiful mandalas. In it you will find not only patterns for 9 mandalas but also a great project you can get involved in called The Big Mandala Swap. 
 What is the big mandala swap?? I hear you ask….well…We all know, experienced or have heard how crochet can help with one’s mental wellbeing, it certainly helped me a lot through some dark times and it still does, but talking with someone about your issues is incredibly important, so as a way of opening a dialogue Crochet Now has teamed up with Rethink Mental Illness charity to raise awareness of mental health issues and The Big Mandala Swap was born. You can read a lot more about it in the book, or go to Crochet Now blog
How it works……pretty simple really, you make a mandala of around 20cm diameter, write a letter about yourself, parcel it up and send it to the address below before 1st January 2017, Crochet Now will swap the mandalas and send them out to their new homes, you can provide contact details so your new crochet friend can get in touch. 
The Big Mandala Swap
Crochet Now, Practical Publishing
Suite G2 St Christopher House,
217 Wellington Road South,
Stockport SK2 6NG
If you have a story to tell about how crochet has helped your life, write it in a letter to your swap partner, send it in to the editor at or post it online, tagging Crochet Now as well as the #thebigmandalaswap hashtag.
  Passion by Lynne Rowe
You can also drop your mandala to one of the participation yarn shops across the country. This is a great way to involve your community and help your local yarn shops to hold workshops and support this great project. 
I’m truly honoured to have designed one of the mandalas included in this great little book. My mandala is called Energy and it’s also shown on the cover with more gentle colours.
Energy is just one of many beautiful mandalas designed by very talented designers.
Crochet Now issue 5 is on sale now so go on get your hooks out and get involved!! 
Anna xx

Mandalas for Marinke

I’ve been cooped up at home for the past 3 days due to pretty bad case of food poisoning (Ah BBQ season, how I love you) I have been mopping around, being very cranky ( my partner will be the first one to agree) and generally feeling very sorry for myself. The only good thing about being forced to be at home is that I had plenty of time to catch up on all my crochet and knit news within the craft community, which I don’t have time to do as often as I would like.
One of the news that I found out this week has impacted me deeply and put everything in prospective. The amazingly talented Marinke (aka Wink) from A Creative Being has sadly lost her battle with depression. It’s just heartwrenching and my thoughts are with her family and friends. When I read Marinke’s last blog entry I hoped with all my heat that she will be ok, but reading her sister’s heart breaking message this week it was clear it wasn’t so.
The crochet community has lost one of the most talented and inspiring people. She will be deeply missed. I have discovered her blog about a year ago when I came across one of her amazing mandalas, she had an amazing eye for colour which her mandalas showed off incredibly and her book Boho Crochetis truly inspirational.
The lovely Kathryn at Crochet Concupiscence Has started a fantastic project in memory of Marinke to celebrate her life, creativity and to raise awareness about depression. To contribute; crochet one or more mandalas using patterns by Marinke, write a short message why you want to contribute and post it to Kathryn. All of the crochet projects will be curated into an art show in San Francisco. Don’t forget to share your creations on social media with the hashtags: #MandalasForMarinke #MandalasForWink please go to Kathryn’s blog for more details and address where to post your contribution.
Here’s my mandala for Marinke. It’s very colourful as I wanted it to represent her, her creativity and of course raise awareness about depression.
Please all grab your hooks and yarn and let’s all make a mandala for Marinke.
Anna x