Goodbye, not farewell

Hey everyone,

This is not Wink, but her little baby sister writing to you.

When Wink started this crochet blog back in 2011 she told you guys how crochet saved her live. As you might know Wink was in a dark period of her life the last couple of weeks. Unfortunately I have to tell you that last Friday it did not save her, her depression got the best of her and she took her own life. We are all very heart broken by this news, it was an absolute shock to all of us. She is leaving a mom, dad, little brother and sister and her loving boyfriend behind.

It’s funny because when Wink started crocheting she got all her friends and family addicted. During her stay at the hospital even other patients started crocheting and some of them even bought her book! But not me, it just wasn’t something for me to do. I said; “When we get a baby you can crochet a pair of socks or a stuffed animal. But that’s the only crocheted thing in our house!” Last Christmas she gave me a ‘how to crochet’ book, yarn and some hooks. I tried it, I made a square! But that was all. Now, I can’t wait to hang one of her Mandala’s on my wall. It’s Wink! Sadly this had to happen to make me do that.

Wink was such an inspiration to all of you. She created beautiful things and with all her heart she made the first Scheepjes CAL. I know that the crochet community will not be the same without her, she will be thoroughly missed. She enjoyed all the trips she made to meet all of you guys. She published her first book earlier this year; one couldn’t even imagine how much joy and pleasure it gave her to sign them for you. Her second book will be published later this year, unfortunately she won’t be around to see that.

The funeral will be held on Thursday, but as you can imagine there might not be enough room for everyone to attend. We have created a memorial site in her memory for everyone to pay their respects. But if you, as a community, would like to pay your respects to her in person we can always organize a memorial at the cemetery. So please let us know if we should do that!

She will be missed, but this is a goodbye, not a farewell. We’ll meet in Heaven again, I’m sure of that.


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  1. OMG!! I can’t believe this!! No winkie you can’t go like this!! Will miss you always !!! Deep condolances to family !!

  2. R.I.P. dear Wink, I hope you can finally find peace of mind in heaven <3 Wishing you and your family lots of strength Tinc. No words can describe this loss, so sad.

  3. I am so very sad to hear this. She was such an inspiration to me and have made many of her creations. God bless her and her family. She will be very, very much missed.

  4. Such a great loss :'(
    An incredibly talented and artistic soul, many will miss her. I know I will.
    I’ll pray for her family and for her.
    Farewell, Wink!

  5. I am so, so, so sorry. My heart sank to read the news ……there are no words. I was just watching her videos the other day and thinking what a sweet and wonderful girl she is. I am so sorry for your loss.

  6. Dear Tinc, thanks for taking the time to write at such a sad time. Wink brought lots of colour and joy to a lot of people. I hope she is now at peace and making heaven a more colourful place. Cyber hugs x

  7. Oh noooooo! Damn! Sorry, I can’t not say that. I am so so so very sorry and sad to hear this. I’ve never met your sister/girlfriend/daughter in person, but her blog struck a chord with me. The only very small spark of light is that her suffering is now over. Please accept my sincere condolences.

  8. SO very sorry for your loss. Prayers and hugs for you and your family.

  9. I was shocked to read of the passing of Wink. What a creative person who brightened all our lives. She will be remembered with love. Our condolences to you Tinc and your family. Wink’s passing must be a huge shock to you all. Sending all my love. RIP Wink xx

  10. It’s so hard to understand it, to realize that she was so loneley in the dark. such a colorful person – it can’t be.
    May you have piece Wink.

  11. Dear Tinc I am so very sad to hear that Wink couldn’t make it through that dark time. She was such a beautiful & creative person & connected with people in a gentle way. Best wishes to you & all those who love her x

  12. So sorry for your loss. I hope now she can find some peace. Very sad news.

  13. Oh, my dear Tinc, how brave you are to let us followers out in Blogland know what has happened to your dear Sister. I gasped when I read the sad news. We never met but she will be missed by us all.
    I bet she will be yarn bombing wherever she travels to. Mandalas everywhere.
    Love and hugs x

    • Thank you so much. It was hard to write but an honour my family let me do this. And you are right! Heaven prepair… there is gonna be a lot of yarn up there!

  14. Shocked . . . absolutely heartbreaking . . . prayers for you as you walk this great time of sadness . . . may your memories be the reflective light of a soul greatly loved.

  15. I was doing some last crochet on her Scheepjes afgan when I read this post. It is a great loss to all of her fans and family. Prayers and hugs to all that loved her.

  16. Deep condolances to family ! It’s a very sad news.. I hope she’ll be happier now…

  17. Sweet Wink…your soul is at rest and your so loved still…we will all miss you. Be at rest be at peace.

  18. I was very saddened to read this post. Hard to believe. Thank you for letting us know “tinc”. Prayers to you and the family. She touched so many of us with such wonderful, colorful ideas. Blessings.

  19. Dear Tinc, how difficult it must have been for you to post this notice. My sincere condolences to you and your family. May you rest in peace Wink, we will miss you.

    • Thank you. It was hard but a good thing to do :) She will be missed!

      • Iam so very sorry to hear this. She was helping us with our problems. Would like the name of her books so that I. Can pick them up for further use. R.I.P. WINK
        PRAYERS GOING TO YOU AN THE REST OF THE FAMILY. I will miss her post an help an her patterns.

  20. I am so sad to learn of Markinke’s passing. When I read that Wink was feeling very low (the “Looking for the light” post) I bought her a mug on Etsy and had it sent to her to cheer her up, not realising that this beautiful creative person was in a very, very dark place which a brightly coloured mug with cheerful wording would never have been able to remedy. Marinke was such a lovely person and her talent, creativity and beautiful crochet patterns and this blog is a stunning legacy that she leaves behind. My prayers are with her boyfriend, family and friends.

    • That was so sweet of you! its sad to think that there are so many loving people but unfortunately she felt so alone..

      • I felt that Marinke did so much for us with her inspiring blog, patterns and sharing her talent that I wanted to do something nice for her too when she needed it most. It is, like you say, very sad that she still felt so low that she thought the only solution was to take her own life. I only “knew” her through her blog and a few email conversations we had, but she made an impact on my life, so I can only imagine what you and the rest of your family are going through. My thoughts are with you all. *Big Hug*

        • i am so very sorry, fellow sufferer… know how cruel this illness is, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, RIP Wink x

  21. Thank you for letting everyone know. My heart aches for your whole family and for her as well.

  22. Dear Tinc, I read your post in heartbroken shock. I am so sorry to hear of your tremendous loss. My deepest condolences and sympathies go out to you and your family. Wink will be so greatly missed.

  23. Ik hoop dat Marinke de rust vind die ze zo nodig had. Rest in peace

  24. Just so very sorry to hear this sad news, my condolences to the family and friends.

  25. R.I.P. She filled my life with colour.

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  27. Dear Tinc, I am very sad to hear this. I’m still quite at shock even if I didn’t knew your sister personally I still liked to come here and watch her blog. she made such colorful and inspiring pieces it is hard for me to understand this happened. I give all my love to you and your family.
    thank you so much for saying something here.
    Blessings to you all.

    • Thank you. Its so nice to read every comment, everyone who loved her. The blog will we online forever. So she can still inspire you with all the posts she made for you.

      • I have left a comment on Wink’s FB page too. Thoughts and prayers with you and the rest of the family. x

  28. I am beyond sorry for your loss. I am a 21 year survivor of suicide. They have no idea what they leave behind and what they were really worth to all of those who loved them. No one can know how much you are hurting. Just do what you need to do, grieve when you need to. It’s ok to smile about her, don’t feel guilty even if you think it’s not ok. It won’t ever get easier, you just learn to live with it.

    • You’re so right, and it hurts to tell others this. I lost my father to suicide when I was 16, I’m 58 now, he was only 36. I thought everything was fine in our lives, but he was recovering for very long time from a triple hernia surgery and was just going to get to ride to lunch with my mother the day he did it. I’ve never understood, but I’ll always miss him. I don’t suppose I could have helped him but I wish I could have known to try, It tore our family up permanently, and 4 short years later I had a son who looks just like him.

  29. I recently started following her blog because I liked her mandalas a lot. I wish you strength in this difficult period .

  30. So very sad, I am so shocked to hear this news. How very brave of you Tinc to let us know – thank you, my sincere condolences to you and your family. Wink was a very talented and special lady and gave so much to so many. I hope she can now find peace.

  31. Our lives are forever changed without Winkie,,such a terribly sad time for her family and loved ones. She was loved dearly by so many people who have had great joy in reading her blog and making her creations. RIP sleep well, with comfort with our Lord as He has gone ahead to prepare a table. You are missed already. Xx

  32. Dear Tinc
    My heart is broken and I’m sitting in front of the personal computer with tears in my eyes. All the strength you and the family will need, I wish you dearly.
    Best regards from Switzerland
    PS: She will be truly missed here

    • Thank you. it is so good to hear from people all over the world that she will be missed. So sad that she felt alone and made the decision to do it. She is a loved person. Forever in our heart

  33. I am so sorry to read your post Tinc, we are a family that lives with depression, and my heart goes out to your family. I had recently started to follow Wink’s blog, she was a lovely person who filled other peoples’ lives with colour. She will be sadly missed. Take care xx

  34. I am so sorry for your loss! My heart goes out to your family. Although I didn’t know her personally, I loved coming to Wink’s blog. Your sister will be missed.

  35. An Angel is gone to Heaven…. lots of strength and love to her loved ones, friends and family!

  36. So sad! Thank you Wink for all the inspiration and crochetlove you’ve given. Rest now.

    Thank you for informing us Tinc, my thoughts are with you and your family. <3

  37. Veel sterkte en kracht voor jou Tinca (zuster) en de gehele familie. Ik kan het nog niet goed bevatten. Marinke had such an energy and drive. Marinke R.I.P.

  38. Sincere condolences to everyone who knew her. She was a giant in the crochet communtiy and will be sorely missed. Love and light.

  39. Wat verschrikkelijk dit! Gecondoleerd en heel veel sterkte!

  40. Please leave the blog as a tribute. I have commented already but having lost several young ones in the past six months my condolences are meaningless to you. But it would be a fitting tribute to leave the post open. Is it at all possible via the via website to donate towards the funeral or charity? God bless you all she was a darling.

    • Dont worry! The blog will be online forever. So she can still inspire people with her words an patterns :) i cant answe your donation answer. i dont know nothing about that!

  41. I am shocked and so sad to hear about this terrible loss. My heart and my thoughts are with Wink’s family and indeed with all of those who’s lives have been made richer for having known Wink, whether in person or through her blog, her books and her glorious art. She will remain in the homes and hearts of so many. Peace finally my dear girl.

  42. i am so , so sorry ! Rest in Peace dear Wink , I shall miss you .
    Please accept my Deepest Sympathy , Tincture and all family xx

  43. Wat een groot verlies…
    Ontzettend veel sterkte voor jullie als familie en naaste vrienden om met dit verdriet om te gaan.
    Wij denken met heel veel plezier terug aan de Libelle week van 2014 waar Marinke (nog redelijk onbekend) een heerlijke dag bij ons had.
    Winkie kennend zal de hemel een stuk kleurrijker worden en zullen we met haar in gedachten, nu zelf zorgen voor alle kleur op aarde…

  44. Wink will be greatly missed. Tinc, please keep her blog up. It will be comforting to see it in the years to come. Wink made a difference in my life. Thank you, Wink! From Mississippi, USA.

  45. Oh my gosh… I’m so sorry for your loss… She will live on in her designs, she was such an amazingly talented lady: artists never really die, their work makes them immortal in a way.. R.I.P. Marinke <3

  46. Heel veel sterkte toegewenst aan familie!

  47. I don’t what to say except that I am sad beyond belief for the loss of such a wonderfully talented, kind and giving person. My heart goes out to her friends and family at this terrible time. Wink, I hope you have found peace up there teaching the angels to crochet.

  48. Wat erg, ik schrik er van! Gecondoleerd sterkte voor de familie, we gaan Wink zeker missen !!

  49. OMG. I am so so sorry.
    R.I.P. sweet Wink.
    My condolences to her family and friends, surely she will be missed.
    Best regards from Spain.

  50. So so sorry she was so nice you could tell from her blog
    She did such beautiful work
    I will miss her sweet spirit in the crochet world

  51. Wat een ontzettend verdrietig nieuws. Ik hoop dat je rust gevonden hebt wink. Mijn condoleances aan haar familie en vriend .

  52. I am so very upset to hear this. I loved making her CAL and will cherish it even more. I have walked that dark path several times and am saddened she could not find her way out of the woods. May wherever you are be filled with light and love. Thank you Wink.

  53. Wat ontzettend verdrietig dit bericht. Rust zacht, en veel sterkte gewenst aan alle na(ast)bestaanden! XX

  54. I am so shocked to hear this sad news. Please know that she will be missed.

  55. So terribly sad, depression is such an awful thing. She was a daughter to be proud of I am very sure xxx much love to all x

    • I have always been very proud of her, but the way she struggled through her previous depression, comming out stronger than ever before, more self aware,
      teaching the whole world how to crochet -including me – ,writing books and making music ; it all made me so proud!! I will miss her more than I can imagine now. Our family will never be the same.
      Proud mother of Wink

      • There aren’t enough words to say , that will make you feel better , reit . But she had many followers that adored her . I have visited her blog many times over the last few months , and as I am the eternal procrastinator , I only recently joined cal. This is but a piece of her and I will continue to visit , as long as the site remains active .
        My sincerest prayers and condolences to you and your family . ❤

  56. If only our love, had helped to save her, a lovely person indeed, whenever I contacted for help, she was there, Wink, you will be missed

  57. condolances and strength to the family. Thanks to Wink for her lovely patterns and ideas, r.i.p

  58. Having survived 3 failed attempts myself, I can only weep for your great and terrible loss. Thank you for telling us the truth and sharing your heartache with us. I have no words, only prayers.

  59. Don’t know what to say, this is so sad, pls accept my condolences.

  60. Heel veel sterkte gewenst! Bedankt dat je de tijd en moeite nam om het ons te laten weten!

  61. I joined the 2014 CAL that marinke had lead. I had never done a CAL before and she was the one and only reason I joined. I couldn’t pass it up because her creations are amazing. What a beautiful creative being. This is so very sad.

  62. Heartbreaking news. My heart goes out to you and your family. xx

  63. I am so deeply saddened by this news and send my deepest sympathies to you and and family for your tragic loss. I looked forward to your sister’s emails, loved to watch her videos and enjoyed her immense creativity and bright spirit. She was truly and inspiration in my life and she will be leave a great hole in my heart. I can’t begin to imagine or understand the darkness Wink felt, I only hope that there is peace for her now.

  64. Wow Tinca, wat heb je dit mooi geschreven. Ik ben sinds gisteren in shock. Ik heb veel met marinke gesproken over depressie en overprikkeld zijn en we herkenden elkaar. Ik heb haar net vorige week ook nog een kaart geschreven nav een gesprek dat we hadden.
    Mocht er inderdaad een fysieke mogelijkheid tot afscheid zijn, dan maak ik daar graag gebruik van.

    Fijn dat de site er is en dat het blog blijft bestaan.

    Heel veel kracht toegewenst voor jullie als familie.

    • Bedankt :) Het was mooi om dit te mogen schrijven. Ik was ook zo trots op haar. Mijn grote zus is bekend over de hele wereld. Het is niet te begrijpen dat ondanks alle familie en vrienden, hakers en bloggers ze zich toch zo alleen voelde dat het niet meer hoefde. Misschien hadden we het kunnen voorkomen maar dat was slechts uitstel geweest. Dit was altijd een optie achter in haar hoofd. We gaan absoluut iets regelen mochten er meer hakers willen! Lekker boho style haar leven vieren :)

      • Dat lijkt me een fijn idee. Nogmaals sterkte in de rouw-rollercoaster. Ik ben nog steeds in shock, laat staan jullie. Het is het trieste van depressie, ook het goede niet meer kunnen zien. Marinke heeft lef gehad, ironisch genoeg. Gelukkig heeft ze rust. En wij allemaal tot in het oneindige haar creatieve erfenis.

  65. OMG! I am really sorry to hear that. I took part in my first CAL just because she was the one that organised it. She will be deeply missed. My prayers for all your family to keep you all strong.

  66. sterkte voor een ieder die haar lief heeft x en dat ze een pracht ster mag worden x jenneke

  67. Veel sterkte voor de familie van Marinke (Wink).

  68. So so heart goes out to all her family and friends.such a shame and such a horrible illness.she will be missed by so many xxx

  69. So sad. May God have mercy on her soul and keep her in the palm of His hands and give her the comfort she sought. Amen

  70. Mijn condoleances voor familie en vrienden. Hoop dat Wink nu de rust vindt die ze zo hartstochtelijk zocht.

  71. So sorry to hear this, she was far to young. I know what depression is like from my own experience, however.

    Ik wens jullie allemaal sterkte in deze zware tijd. xx

  72. Breaks my heart.

  73. My hands are frozen at the keys…I don’t know what to say! I am so sorry and you are very brave TinK to tell us about Wink. I am grateful for all Wink taught me..even how to say Sheepesjul…ok, I can’t even spell it..but she made me love that yarn. Peace to all your family.

  74. I’m lost for words… so very sad. May Wink now be at peace. God bless sweetheart xx Condolences to all her friends and family xx ♥️♥️

  75. I am shocked and so very sorry to hear this sad news. Wink was the very first blog I started to follow and I always loved reading her blog and emails. She will be greatly missed online :( :( <3

  76. I’m so incredibly sorry for your loss. I only found Wink a year ago. I have loved her use of color and hr unique patterns. This has been my place to find a special item and I download everything I can from her!! Selfishly I hope the blog will be able to stay open so her patterns and tutorials will be able to stay available to us all! This is a great loss to the world but more of a tragic loss to your family. I’ll be praying for you all in the coming months.

    • No no dont feel selfish. The blog will never close. So she can still inspire people with her beautiful patterns and loving words. She will be missed and never forgotten

      • Tinc, I’m so sorry for your family’s great loss. I’m sorry that as a world we failed Wink. We failed to give her a safe harbor and to bring hope to her beautiful creative mind. I’m just finding her blog for the first time through other bloggers passing along the terrible news of her passing. i’m so grateful the blog will be kept open as I would love to honor Wink’s life and creativity by making some of her patterns. I want to make her CAL for a friend who struggles with depression and dark days in hopes that it may bring warmth and comfort. Sending love and prayers to you and your family.

      • Dear Tinc, I am so glad you decided to keep this blog open to remember and honour your sister. It is such a beautiful thought, that a part of her colourful spirit will live on in the place she dedicated so much energy to

  77. So very sad. I am so sorry for your loss and that she couldn’t face the burden of the big black any longer. RIP Wink, you were such a sweet and fragile spirit. Much love, Susie xxx

  78. heartfelt condolences to winks loved ones the world feels less colourful today on hearing such sad news – rip to a beautiful, inspirational and creative soul xxx

  79. This is such sad news! Depression is silent but so awful. May Wink rest in peace now. My thoughts go out to her family. My first mandala was one of her designs and I shall treasure it always. May the Lord be with you especially, Tink.

    • Thanks you so much :) I know for sure in Heaven they are all crocheting right now

      • My thoughts and prayers for you & your family. I’d like to think that my Mom, Aunt, Grandmother and several of my cousins are sitting beside her with their crochet hooks in their hands. I can only imagine what a CAL they have going on. RIP Wink, you will forever live on and continue to inspire here on earth with all your beautiful designs and work you have done.

  80. I am so very sorry to read this news. So sad. R.I.P. Wink, you will be truly missed. Tinc, I send my sincerest condolences to you and your family. You all are in my prayers.

  81. My condolences to your family… Depression is such an awful thing..

  82. No puedo creerlo! Cuando te descubrí Wink fue increíble todo el color y la creatividad que desplegabas en tu blog. Me entusiasmé con cada uno de tus proyectos algunos de los cuales he hecho, tu primer Scheepejes CAL fue mi primer CAL aunque no puede seguirlo como hubiera querido. Aunque hoy nos estés tus creaciones estarán en muchos rincones del mundo y siempre serás inspiración para muchas de nosotras crocheteras. Estoy muy triste. Mis condolencias a su familia y amigos. Wink crochet love and peace!!!!

  83. Wat een vreselijk nieuws, mijn condoleances voor de familie van lieve Marinke. Niet te geloven, wat een gemis…

  84. I wish I was an eloquent speaker and then I might be able to convey to Wink’s family how much I appreciated reading her blog. She will be missed by this “stranger.” You can take comfort in the fact that she was appreciated and had an impact on people world-wide. I’m sending prayers to heaven to bring you comfort.

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  86. Such devastating news, I’m so sorry for your loss, I will miss her blog very much, thinking of you all and sending love and hugs❤️❤️

  87. lieve Marinke … rust zacht .. wat zullen we je missen

  88. I am so saddened to hear this. Wink was one of the women I interviewed for my book, Crochet Saved My Life, and she has touched my heart in so many ways since that time. Our journeys have had many similarities. When she posted recently about being back in depression, my heart stopped a little, because the struggle is so familiar to me.

    Sending so much love and support to all of her loved ones. Please reach out if there is anything I can do in her honor or to support you during this time.

  89. So very sad, her beauty will live on in all of us!

  90. Oh no! Such a shock. So so sorry for you all

  91. This breaks my heart. Wink the demons and darkness can’t touch you anymore.
    I’ll be praying for your family as they endure life without you. You will be missed by many who loved you yet never met you.
    I’m so sorry you felt this was the only solution.
    No more pain, no more suffering.
    I’m so sorry.
    Noe from California, USA

  92. Dear Tinc,
    I am so incredibly saddened to hear of Wink’s passing. My heart hurts for your family. I never had the pleasure of meeting her in person, but she inspired me to crochet the beautiful afghan CAL, so much so that I bought enough yarn to make 3 of them. I am so very grateful she shared her talent with the world. I will cherish my blankets even more now, as they will always remind me of her. My thoughts and prayers are with you and all those who love Wink. May you find some comfort in the precious memories you have of her.


    • Thank you. She will be missed but never forgotten. We have such sweet memories to remember!

  93. I discovered Wink’ s blog last year and she truly inspired me with her work. I’m so sorry to read this terribly sad news and can only send my heartfelt condolences to all her family and friends. She seemed a lovely, talented and caring person, and this world needs more like her IMHO.

  94. I am so sorry. Sending prayers for her family. Thank you for sharing this sad news in such an eloquent way. Blessings to all.

  95. I am so sorry for your loss. I started crocheting 2 or 3 years ago . I was amazed at how much it helped with my stress. Depression runs in my family.. I loved seeing all of the colorful pattern that your sister created. She was very talented . Such a terrible loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of loss. May God bless you and your family with many joyful memories.

  96. What a terrible loss… my deepest condolences to her friends and family.

  97. Wat is dit schrikken!!! Heel veel sterkte voor familie en vrienden.

  98. I haven’t has a chance to read all the many comments that have been left but I think it goes without saying seeing the shear number of bloggers who have commented your sister is going to be very missed. Such a shame she couldn’t get through her dark place this time. So sorry to hear the news.

  99. Awww such sad news, i will treasure her mandalas for ever, thoughts and prayers to you all xx ((((hugs))))

  100. Prayers of healing, love, peace and love to you and your family. I lost a cousin to depression, it is an unkind master. You can’t know it unless you have lived it. She is free of it now, but will always live on through her works and in our hearts.

  101. So very sad to hear it. Wink inspired me a lot to stay creative. RIP angel!! You will be missed xxxxx My deepest condolences for Wink’s family *hugs*

  102. This news breaks my heart. Praying for comfort and strength for those who loved her.

  103. Hard to believe this has happened, must be even harder for the family. RIP Wink hopefully at peace now

  104. This is so heartbreaking to hear. So young, talented and beautiful. Last night I finally finished the last square to my Scheepjes CAL 2014. I’m new to crocheting, and found it by accident. She was so talented!!! She will be missed. Thank you Wink — I hope your sole is at peace.

  105. I’m so very sorry. Wink was such an inspiration to me as a novice crocheter, I found her creations and patterns so beautiful and talented, as she was herself. Thank you for sharing this news with all her followers – my heart goes out to you and all her family. Love and prayers, Sarah

  106. So, so sorry to hear.

  107. There are no words to describe the lost you and your family have to suffer. I only want to tell you even here in Germany are many people that will miss her and her influence in the creative world. I was allowed to learn so many things from her and I will never forget her. I’ll use my Scheepjes Cal blanket from now on in memory of your beloved Sister, Daughter and Friend!

  108. Heartbreaking. Beautiful person will be so missed. Hope you find peace. Hope your family will find strenght to carry on.

  109. Wink,
    You inspired so many, touched so many lives with your joy and talent.
    You will be so very missed.
    I hope you have found the peace now you couldn’t find here on earth.

  110. I once had such a kind talk with her, I named her a mathematic genius because of her tutorial about perfect flat crochet circles and she send me an answer. She accompanied – and even guided – my whole crochet way along and will go on with it. I´m sure about that. Although I know depression can get every single human being in that way, I couldn´t imagine that she is one of them. I´m really sorry for you, Winkie´s family and friends about your loss. We all will miss her seriously. <3

  111. My deepest condolences, I only just discovered Wink so I can’t say I knew about the depression, what a tragic loss. She left the world a brighter place.

  112. Heel veel sterkte.

  113. Such sad news, she will be missed. May her inspiration and talent live on to bring happiness to others and may her family and friends find comfort in knowing that a piece of her will always be in the world. My sincerest sympathy.

  114. Diep geschokt ben ik door dit intrieste nieuws..
    Weekelijks volgde ik haar in de scheepjes cal.
    Mijn gedachten gaan naar haar vriend ,papa en mama en zusje…
    Hoop dat ze de rust gevonden heeft …

  115. Do not stand at my grave and weep.
    I am not there. I do not sleep.
    I am a thousand winds that blow.
    I am the diamond glints on snow.
    I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
    I am the gentle autumn rain.
    When you awaken in the morning’s hush
    I am the swift uplifting rush
    Of quiet birds in circled flight.
    I am the soft stars that shine at night.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry;
    I am not there. I did not die.

    Goodbye, not farewell…

  116. My heart goes out to Wink’so family. She was so beautiful and talented

  117. So very sad, she will be sorely missed. I loved reading her blog. My thoughts are with you all at this sad time. Chris.

  118. Sad sad news. My thoughts are with you and your family. I hope she finds peace at last x

  119. Oh my gosh wink! I’m so very sorry. You will be incredibly missed! My heart hurts for you and your family. My deepest condolences.

  120. I’m so sad! Sit tibi terra levis, Marinke

  121. My deepest condolences to you and your family, and the crochet community. As I look through her patterns I realize that I have either bookmarked or made something beautiful from them. Her style speaks to me and my next project will be the kaleidoscope lap blanket, in memory of a most creative mind. Deep peace to us all. xoxoxo

  122. I am so sorry to read this news. PEACE be with you all, including Wink……

  123. It is very very sad news. RIP Wink. hope you can find colorful and peaceful place in your new life :(

  124. I’m so very sorry to hear such sad news.

  125. So sorry x

  126. I’m praying that God comforts you in your loss. Wink gave the world such beauty and was loved by so many. We share your loss. She will be missed.

  127. Dear Tinc,
    I once met your sister in person. She was such a talented woman. She helped me with the colours of my Scheepjes CAL and she was so friendly.
    This news really shocked me and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and her boyfriend.
    Rest In Peace Marinke, you will be dearly missed

  128. I am so sorry to hear this and I’m sending my prayers and thoughts to wink’s family. I have been so inspired by her work over the years and had the pleasure of interviewing her over Skype several weeks ago. She was such a sweet soul and a talent and will be sorely missed.

  129. My deepest condolences to you and yours. Such sad news.

  130. I am so, so sorry for your loss. I don’t even have words to adequately express how I am feeling. What a beautiful soul she was.

  131. My heart hurts so much. She helped so many people that had never met her except through crochet – including me. Thank you for sharing her with all of us. She will be missed by thousands. A crochet memorial would be lovely. My thoughts are with you all at this most difficult time in your lives. I lost my daughter last October and crochet helped me through difficult times before and after that. I will be making a mandala in her memory and will hang it proudly. Love you, Wink.

  132. I’m so sorry for your loss. Praying for peace to the family she left behind.

  133. i am so, so sorry :(

  134. I am so very sorry to read this. Sending my love to you and all of her loved ones.

  135. I am so sorry for you and your Family, she was such an inspiration.

  136. that is so sad. She must of been in a real bad place at the time. R.I.P. Wink.

  137. Devastating news for you and your family. My deepest sympathy. How very sad.

  138. I am so very sad that we’ve lost you. Wink, we hope that peace has found you. Love has always surrounded you.

  139. Tinc,
    Thank you for your blog post; it must have been a difficult thing for you to compose and post.
    Wink cheered me (in UK) and many other people around the world.
    I followed her blog and always enjoyed reading and looked forward to her lovely posts.
    I have several of her projects on my to-do list and when I make them it will be a lovely way to remember her forever.
    I have been ill following the sudden passing of my father a couple of years ago; it is hard to imagine that dark place…it is a truly awful place and I am exceedingly sad indeed to learn of her passing.

    RIP Wink….you will be sorely missed on this planet but wherever you are now please keep crocheting.

    My heartfelt condolences to you and all of the family including her boyfriend.

  140. Dear Tink, I can’t imagine how difficult it must have been to write this post, but I am thankful that you did. I feel so sad to learn of this difficult news and wish that Wink knew how much others appreciated her as a person, even those who never had the chance to meet her. Wink was an inspiration to me with her crochet work and her sweet spirit, as well as her faith. I pray comfort for you and your family and peace for Wink. My deepest condolences.

    • Thank you. Sadly at that moment the illness took the best of her and made her do that.. If she only knew how many fans she had to support her! She knew in the back of her head, but is was too far away

      • Unfortunately, people fails to understand the deeply imbedded negative thought patterns that depression has for the individual struggling with it. Medications don’t help with that aspect of depression; the negative thoughts have to be fought with positive thoughts which have to be internalized to be effective because when one is in the darkness, other peoples voices are not heard over the din inside your head.
        No one else can fight that battle for you. Others can be there for you and support you but they can’t walk the path for you. I know Tinc because I have struggled with depression since I was 8 years old. I hated my life and couldn’t see the good for all the bad I perceived about my life. No one would have been able to persuade me from seeing it differently. It’s a struggle daily but I have over the years learned to fight back when the negative thoughts pop into my head. I tell myself that I am loved first by God…so much that He gave His only son to die for me so that I could be free from sin and have a relationship with Him. That other people love me even though it might not seem like it because they don’t call or they treat me wrong or for whatever reason, I may not feel their love. I am special and I have a purpose in this life.
        Just know that it wasn’t for lack of anything that you or your family did or didn’t do…your sister was fighting the demons of depression and their voices were louder than yours…like you said: she knew she was loved but it wasn’t enough. It’s hard for those who don’t go through the struggle to understand. It’s like having your wires crossed and certain signals aren’t allowed through. The dark place is real and no one likes being in the dark. The mental pain and anguish is as real as the physical and all you want is to find a way out. Something’s wrong with you and you can’t understand why. You want to be normal but you feel hopeless. Taking your life becomes an acceptable out because in your mind, you think your love ones would be better off than dealing with you. You’ll be out of pain and they won’t have to deal with you…a win-win…see, how destructive the thought pattern is? But it makes perfect sense to someone who is depressed and nothing else seems to help…
        I just felt compelled to share a little of the thoughts that flow through depressed peoples’s minds. Guilt usually plague the love ones left behind…they believe that if only they had done this or said that or maybe not done this or said that…you all did the best you could…you loved the best you knew how…draw comfort in knowing she isn’t struggling anymore. Your loss is real and you will grieve…talk about it; don’t keep your feelings bottled up. If people don’t want to listen…find someone who will. I go to a grief support group, a grief counselor and a therapist and all three have been a tremendous help for me.
        My prayer for you and your family is that you feel the peace of God which surpasses all understanding and if you don’t know God, I pray that you will seek Him and find Him. God bless you, your parents, your siblings and Wink’s boyfriend and all who have felt the loss.
        Sincerely, Evelyn Kokotkiewicz

  141. We are very sad on hearing this sad news. May God wrap you and your love and peace throughout this time

  142. My condolences to your family. I am so sorry for your loss. A huge loss but her talents will live on. Very best wishes.

  143. Rust zacht!!!! Dat je je rust mag vinden.

  144. So very very sad. I have followed the blog 2 Wink long time, and I have loved it.
    In fact, almost from the start and I was very inspired by the mandala to Wink. I cry, this is just so sad.
    R.I.P. Wink. I Did not know you, but I will miss you.
    I wishing the family peace.

  145. I can’t believe the sad news. I’ve been using one of her tutorials whilst I’m learning to crochet. I loved her photo cos she looked so happy and smiley. I didn’t realise she suffered with depression. Thinking of you all and sending love and hugs xxx

  146. So sad. I am so sorry for your loss.

  147. een dikke warme knuffel aan jou en de vrienden en familie van Wink. Herinner en koester de mooie momenten die jullie samen hebben beleefd, die gaan nooit weg.

  148. my condolences to you the family , a light has gone from yourlives , but will shine forever above you all May she Rest in Peace xx

  149. What a sad and shocking post to read. I am so sorry for your tragic loss. It is an awful situation to have to live with. My daughter has been really depressed recently and made half hearted attempts at ending things and it is so stressful. I can’t imagine what you’re going through. Sending (((huge hugs))) to you all. RIP Wink. xxx

  150. So so sad but all of us who joined in the last CAL will have a little bit of Wink in our hearts forever. RIP Wink xxx

  151. Words cannot describe what you mist be going through now. Thank you so much for sharing this with the community that have so come to love Wink and everything she has done, and taking the time to write such beautiful words when it must have been difficult to do so. My thought and heart are with you and your family – sending much love and crocheted hugs, jenny xxxxxxx

  152. Peace be with you Wink…. Crochet the hell out of heaven! x

  153. I am completely heartbroken. I pray God gives the strength and peace during this difficult time to Wink’s family and friends. R.I.P. Wink.

  154. So desperately sorry to hear this. The crochet world will be less colourful without Wink.

    My heartfelt condolences to you and your family. xx

  155. My heart goes out to you and the rest of her family. Thank you for sharing, she bought so much colour into lives through the blog and she will be missed by so many in so many countries. Thank you Wink for all the colour and inspiration – heaven will be a brighter place. Rip Wink.

  156. Oh, honey, I’m so sorry. There are no words. Wink was such a beautiful, wonderful, sweet person who saw the beauty in everything. Praying for comfort for your family.

  157. I’m so sorry to read this Tinc – thoughts are with you and all Wink’s family at such a sad time. She has left the world a more colourful place xx

  158. I am so very sorry for Wink’s family’s loss. She was such a talented artist and I loved reading her blog. May you all find peace. love and light to all who knew her.

  159. RIP Wink.

  160. Tinc, thanks so much for writing to us at this time. My condolences to you and your family. I am in shock and will pray for your family and her boyfriend.

  161. Tinc, I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your sister. You and your family have my heartfelt condolences. Your sister created beauty in this world through her crochet, and she will live on in the people who were touched by her creativity.

  162. Thank you so much for informing us, what a pity that the love and admiration of so many couldn’t carry her over the abiss. Condolences, the CAL blanket of 2014 will always remind me of her./Dank je voor het bericht; wat jammer dat de liefde en bewondering van zo velen haar niet over de afgrond kon dragen. Heel veel sterkte, de CAL deken van vorig jaar zal mij altijd aan haar herinneren.

  163. That’s such sad news. My condolences to you and your family. Her crochet skills and patterns have brought happiness to many people around the world wide Web and she will be missed.

  164. My deepest condolences. My world is less happy and colorful without her. She brought joy, color, art, and inspiration to so many. Anyone who came in contact with her will treasure her memory.

  165. Geen woorden voor… ik hoop dat je rust hebt gevonden. Heel veel sterkte voor je familie en dierbare die je achter hebt gelaten. Je was en bent nog steeds een grote inspiratie bron. Rust zacht. Marieke

  166. Dear Tinc,
    I have been ‘talking’ with Marinke over messenger & Skype in the last few months.
    We spoke of her problems, her talent, her creativity.
    I tried to help, support and encourage as best I could. I last spoke with Marinke on Thursday. I knew she was finding life hard. She had shared her woes with me.
    I am lost for words.
    I will miss the beautiful young lady who had such talent. I miss our chats. I will miss Marinke.
    Sleep tight creative one x

    • Wauw… we all knew she was having a hard time but no one expected that it was this bad. Unfortunately i havent spoke to her in the last 4 weeks. That really makes me sad, but it was “her” decision. It was not her doing all of this but her illness. Thanks you for all the chats with her :)

      • Tinc,
        I hope all went as well as could be expected today. I hope you were able to rejoice in the happier memories you have of your big sister.
        I wish I could have done more to support her. All I did was listen and encourage. I just didn’t want her to feel alone. Especially when no one was with her.
        Take care x

  167. I am absolutely devastated by this. She was such a tremendous inspiration to me since I started crocheting. I have lost two family members to suicide and I am so sorry for her family.

  168. Incredibly sad….my heart goes out to Marinke’s family. She will be sadly missed …RIP xxx

  169. I am so very sorry.

  170. Saddened to hear this news and she will be missed! Such a talented person, Im sorry for the sadness that she suffered within herself. Love and Prayers for your family Tink as you pick up the pieces and move on.

  171. So sorry to hear of Winks passing. She will be missed by so many in the crochet community, she was such a great inspirations to so many. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family.

  172. So very sorry to hear the shocking news of Wink’s passing. Such a creative soul …. she has been an inspiration to so many of us. Her colourful designs and her lovely blog will be sadly missed – it was brave of you, Tink, to break the news to us. Heartfelt sympathy to you and all the family and I hope that crochet takes off for you too. xx

  173. I’m heartbroken. Rest in peace you beautiful soul

  174. May you rest in peace now Wink. Depression is a terrible illness and as a fellow sufferer and a retired nursing professor who taught psych nursing I know the nightmares can take hold of you.

    You have shown all of us that it is possible to do things even though one does suffer from depression. Praying for your family..

  175. Through tears I am praying for you and your family.Depression is a difficult and terrible disease.
    Your sister brought such joy to so many. I am so sorry she could not find her own

  176. Oh no!! Ik las net het bericht van overlijden via facebook (Rits in) en vreesde al dat het op deze manier gegaan zou zijn, aangezien ik ook het bericht van haar ernstige depressie gelezen had. Ik dacht vaak aan haar de laatste dagen. Wat vreselijk zeg! Ik wil jullie allemaal heeeeel veel sterkte wensen met het verlies van jullie dierbare zus/dochter/vriendin… En ik zal haar inspirerende berichten over haken missen, maar dat is natuurlijk niets vergeleken bij wat/wie jullie nu moeten missen! Nogmaals heel veel sterkte. Hopelijk putten jullie kracht uit de Bron van leven, met de gedachte aan een weerzien in de hemel. God bless you!

  177. So so Sad to read this news, however we do all know how evil Wink illness can be, and whilst there are good times, the worst times are worst than anyone can imagine unless you are that person. Love and hugs to you and your family at this time, and we know that Wink will be at peace with her wool and her hook and can crochet beautiful works of art to her hearts content. God bless and RIP Sam xxx

  178. Wat een verdrietig nieuws … heel veel sterkte voor de familie en haar naasten gewenst.

  179. Such sad news. Rest in peace Wink

  180. I am sorry to hear your sad News. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

  181. I’m so very sorry to hear your sad news my deepest condolences to you and your family, Wink will be greatly missed RIP xxxx

  182. Oh, wat naar voor jullie, dat ze deze keuze gemaakt heeft. Ik wens jullie veel sterkte! And Wink, see you later!

  183. I am so, so sorry for your loss Tink, and heartfelt thoughts go to you and all your family. That must have been the most difficult of posts for you to write – but it is such a lovely tribute to your sister,

  184. I hope that Wink can find the peace she has craved and I am so sorry it had to leave you with a hole in your heart to do it. I hope that hole can be filled with the joyful memories of your lives together soon and that the painful memories fade into the stars.

    Sending prayers and peace.


  185. Sprakeloos, rust zacht lieve Marinka, lieve Wink. Ik wens de familie en vrienden van Wink heel veel sterkte. XXX

  186. What sad news, I didn’t know Wink but looking at her blog and all the lovely comments above she was obviously a very special person. My thoughts are with you and your family and I’m sure Wink shall be getting all the folk in heaven addicted to crochet too. xx

  187. je suis triste d’apprendre cette terrible nouvelle, toutes mes pensées vont à sa famille,la vie est dure parfois, c’est ainsi et je reste sans mots.

  188. I’m sorry for your loss, wish you much love, may she rest in peace…

  189. I’m so sorry for your loss, Wink was an inspiration to many people and so generous with her free patterns and advice. She will be missed by us and I can only imagine your loss.

  190. So sorry to read this, and my thoughts are with you and all of Wink’s loved ones. Like many others, I didn’t know Wink personally but I always found her blog so inspiring. She’ll be greatly missed.

  191. Such sad news i shed a tear when i saw this. There is also a post on the official crochet ccc facebook page with more messages. love and thoughts go out to all family and friends xxx

  192. So, so sorry to hear these news. Even though I had never met her, a creative crochet person like her was one of a kind, a trend-setter and. She might not be among us anymore but will be inspiring many crafters and colour lovers in years to come. Many!

    A special thanks to Tink for sharing the sad news, it would have been strange not to hear from Wink and know what happened to her. I’m sure it must be very hard on the family right now, so I’m sending warm thoughts your way :) bless you!

  193. So sad .. condolences to the family.

  194. Dear Tinc, and all of Wink’s family and friends –

    I am so sad for this loss, this loss for all of us, really, because Wink was such a bright, giving person to everyone here on her blog. But especially for you, her family and friends because we cannot lift or share all of your sorrows. I am sending you good thoughts from the US, hoping that they somehow can offer you a small amount of comfort.

    I stumbled upon Wink’s work in a British crochet magazine here in the States. I was immediately drawn into her mandalas and have since played around with several – they are part of the reason I finally started crocheting after wanting to learn for a long time.

    With much love and sorrow,

  195. Is this some kind of horrible joke? Because I found her and I am going through the same thing and if this is a joke its not funny and if its true what hope is there for me? She had a family, she was love buy 100’s of people. I have no family, no one loves me. If someone who had everything can do this what have I been fighting so hard for? I might as well do the same thing. If she was so unhappy with so much love what hope do I have? None. Her beauty kept me alive for just the for the few weeks it has been since I found her beautiful website. I felt hope just looking at the beautiful things she made. Now she is gone too. Every single family member I had died. Im only 59 and my whole graduating class is dead. Im the only one left. She gave me hope. She took it away.

    • Linda, I am worried by your comment. I have had depression for most of my life and understand a little of how you feel. Mine is now controlled by medication and has been for over five years. You are not alone, love. Please talk to someone; a doctor, counsellor, friend or neighbour. There is always hope. Sending you love and strength. xxx

    • Dear Linda,
      I would encourage you to seek out professional help. You will be surprised how many people really do care for you when you find inner happiness and open yourself to others. I wish you much love and comfort as you go forth on your discovery of self discovery.

    • Linda, I found Wink last year and she encouraged me to crochet, create things with lots of color and to start an Instagram account to share my work. I now have crochet friends all over the world who are a great encouragement. I have a debilitating disease with daily pain and many physical limitations. Depression is with me all the time. And yes–I thought about suicide, but I took Wink’s advice. I started crocheting simple hats, cowls, scarves and giving them away. My family and friends have many of my crochet therapy pieces. This fall I’m going to make hats to tape to light posts downtown for the homeless to take. I’m making chemo hats for cancer patients. I’m not only helping others, but I’m helping myself. I hope you will do this, too. You are never alone my dear. Please make the call to talk to someone. Hope is not lost. It’s right there inside of you

      • Lisa, I, too, suffer depression and know how debilitating it can be. You have found the perfect antidote – a purpose in life. It isn’t a cure but it makes the pain bearable.

    • You are NOT alone…do you crochet? Do as she encouraged so many to do…SHARE that crochet with others who need it….GIVE of yourself to others who are unable to do so…and you can honor Wink by doing this. Hospitals can give your hats to those who need them. Homeless, needy people come to ER in light coats middle of winter…a warm hat would be big help. A scarf to help keep them warm. Use Wink’s patterns and keep her alive in your soul by make blankets or throws for local shelters.
      Give of yourself and it will help you.
      Wink was a giving person – and it’s a shame that for just that brief time no one was with her to stop her. Give hope to the hopeless and hope will come back to YOU.

      You can find help…please do so. Call local hospital and ask where you can go. Do not give up…because hope always there if you LOOK FOR IT.

      To Wink’s family:
      Thank you and bless you for taking time in this very painful time to let us all know. I realize how difficult this is for you…
      Thank you for keeping this blog up in her memory.
      So hard to believe that someone who was so very creative, so very giving, who loved color so much (this was obvious through her beautiful crochet!)
      I love visiting her through this blog…and would have had a hard time believing she was going through such dark times herself. Anyone is capable of doing this….and it’s a shame that she did not turn to one of those who loved her so very much in those last moments.

      The family is obviously courageous and giving! May God bless you all….and to ALL who suffer from this devastating disease…PLEASE! do NOT ever give up! There is always help for you.
      I have come close – because of chronic, severe pain and resultant loss of ability to keep going as I had before…my Faith has sustained me…and I wish all who so suffer would know that He is always there…and if you put your Faith in Him, He will send help when you need it…but you MUST turn to Him and ask Him sincerely.

    • She gave you hope, she took it away? My goodness, I can’t believe I’m reading this! Get a grip and show a little respect. Suffering from depression doesn’t excuse childish tantrums!

  196. Wat een triest nieuws…ik las net het verdrietige, maar prachtige stuk dat Tinc over haar zus schreef en heb daarna met kippenvel zitten haken om het even te verwerken. Ik wens de familie en vriend van Marinke heel veel sterkte met het verwerken van dit grote verdriet. Ik hoop dat jullie je een klein beetje gesterkt voelen door de vreugde die Wink in de haakwereld heeft gebracht, ze zal niet vergeten worden. Lieve Wink, ik steek zo een kaarsje voor je op en wens met heel mijn hart dat je de rust hebt gevonden die je op aarde niet vond. Rust zacht X

  197. It is awful to hear the news of Winks passing, depression is a horrible disease, if you have never had depression think of yourself as extremely lucky, it is like a dark shadow encases you, nothing anyone says can make you feel better, you feel like you are being haunted by yourself, voices in your head you know aren’t there are calling you and telling you to be nasty and your thoughts can be evil, like all medical diseases depression hits you when you least expect it, you just want to stay in bed and hope that if you fall asleep it will be your last one, you are two people, just like schizophrenia can take people down, you have good days and bad days, those bad days are bad, Winks I have depression I know how you feel, I have a husband, 2 sons, and pets I love, they keep me going, when I feel bad I like to be alone RIP you lovely girl, you can now sing with the angels, and be who you want to be, you no longer feel bad xxxx

  198. I am heartbroken for you and your family. We will pray for you as we grieve with you. Much love to you all.

  199. Shocked & saddened to read this. She was such a beautiful person inside & out. So incredibly talented. She will certainly be missed. My thoughts are with her family during this very difficult time.

  200. I’m so very sorry to hear this. I love Wink’s blog, and enjoyed seeing her creations, her cheery posts and her ‘crochet-alongs’. My thoughts are with you and all your family and friends.

  201. Er zijn geen woorden te vinden die de lading dekken. Wat een enorm groot verlies voor al haar volgers, blogcollega’s, kennissen maar vooral voor haar familie en dierbaren.
    Heel veel sterkte voor jullie.
    Ik hoop dat Marinke het licht en kleur heeft gevonden waar ze zo naar verlangde. Voortaan zal iedere regenboog vast voorzien zijn van een mooi gehaakt randje.

  202. Woorden schieten tekort, heel veel sterkte met jullie grote verlies. liefs, Wendy

  203. I am heartbroken. She was my friend, an inspiration and my comrade in vision. Her and I were collaborating on a project that started as an idea and grew to a vision. I will miss her dearly, I am so deeply sorry for your loss and for the loss of her colorful spirit with us now.

  204. There are no words as I sit here looking at a mandala I made from one of her splendid patterns, on my coffee table.A bit of me wants to hide it in a drawer along with my sadness for this great loss but, no, this would be wrong! I will look at it every day and think of her and her great talent. I am so very sorry for you all.

  205. Oh how sad, so sad. My heart goes out to all those she leaves behind. She has often lifted my spirits by her beautiful creations and talent. Much love to all. Xx

  206. Wink will be deeply missed. May your memories being you some comfort. I hope she rests in peace.

  207. Really sad news, I wish we could have helped you, rest in peace beautiful girl

  208. so sorry for your loss, she will be missed, but she gave her heart to all of us that followed

  209. My prayers and condolences to you and your family. May she rest in peace, and may you rest in that thought.

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  211. Ik ben er stil van…..rust zacht Marinke

  212. Mijn welgemeende condoleances voor de familie en vrienden van Wink. Ik heb altijd veel plezier beleefd aan het lezen van haar blog. Zij zal door velen gemist worden, ze was erg getalenteerd.

  213. I am so very sad to hear this news. Please remember all the good and great things about Wink <3 May God bring you peace knowing she is resting in His loving home

  214. I am so sorry that the light couldn’t penetrate the darkness.
    I didn’t find you till recently, but you brightened my life with your beautiful colour and creativity, so I hope that the darkness is now a prism of light and colour and happiness.
    Rest well sweet Wink xxx

  215. I am so sorry to hear this sad news, she had so much talent and shared it so selflessly, my deepest condolences to her boyfriend, family, friends and the crochet community, she will be missed by so many.

  216. Lieve Tinc, wat heftig! Maar wat mooi geschreven. Door Wink ben ook ik vorig jaar aan de CAL begonnen! Ze was zo’n inspiratie! Wat jammer dat haar donkere zijde de overhand heeft genomen. Ik hoop dat ze nu de rust heeft die ze zo nodig had, ze zal hier zeker gemist worden! Voor jou en je familie en vriend van Marinke heel veel kracht bij het verwerken van dit grote verlies. Koester de herinneringen. De hemel zal in ieder geval veel kleurrijker zijn nu, liefs Anja xx

  217. Heel veel sterkte voor alle nabestaanden. Een depressie, is altijd de baas over je. Maar wat zal je gemist worden. R.I.P. Winkie, hoop dat je de rust heb die je hier niet kreeg. <3

  218. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  219. So sad to see a light leave this world. Prayers of hope and peace for all of you!

  220. I am so sad to read this blog post and about the loss of a Beautiful Creative Being. Blessings of Love and Peace at this difficult time. xxx

  221. Such sad, sad news.
    Wink will be greatly missed. She was and will remain to be such an inspiration to new and old crocheters alike.
    Much love to you and your family at such a difficult time and thank you for writing this post. It must have taken great courage.
    Sarah xx

  222. So sad. Sorry to hear this. Prayers for your family and loved ones. May God comfort you in this time of loss.

  223. My heart is broken. She was such an amazing person and it showed through in her blog, her love of the art and her devotion to all. I am sending prayers to you and your family. When I look up at a beautiful sunset I will now see her crocheting it in beautiful colors. She will truly be missed.

  224. I’m so sorry for your loss. I’ll pray for your family and Wink’s boyfriend.

  225. Prayers to your family at this time. I’ve enjoyed many of her patterns and am incredibly saddened by this loss. She was a tremendous talent who was generous with her gift of color and skill.

  226. Heartbreaking news–I am so, so sorry. I’m sending lots of love and prayers to your family.

  227. I am so sorry to hear this. She was such a bright, beautiful young woman. I enjoyed reading her blog. My condolences to your family. ♥

  228. Het is niet te bevatten! Lieve familie en vrienden, heel veel sterkte in de komende tijd!

  229. I am so sorry to hear about Wink. I really hoped that she would make it through her latest bout of depression. So many people will miss her. My heart goes out to you and your family.

  230. Afschuwelijk, als je je zo alleen voelt in een wereld waarin je zoveel fans hebt. Ze moet haarzelf wel heel ellendig hebben gevoeld, als je leest hoe liefdevol jij kleine zus over haar schrijft. En ik zie ook Marinke der moeder reageren. Wat enorm tragisch, dat depressie zoiets kan doen, dat je geen andere optie meer ziet dan deze. Ik wens haar broertje, zusje, ouders, vriend en familie heel veel sterkte toe om deze klap te verwerken. Zo in en in triest………Marinke, ik hoop dat je hebt gevonden wat je zocht, dat je je veilig en gelukkig voelt nu.

  231. Really sad to hear but thank you, brave sister, for sharing these kind words and thoughts as such a difficult time. A beautiful person capable of creating wonderful things for us to enjoy and share around the world. My thoughts are with you, the family and with Wink herself. I hope it is ok to share this post on my own page, as a mark of respect and to let others know of her wonderful talents.
    /Christina, Sweden.

  232. I am so sorry, sending prayers, this is so hard for family and loved ones to deal with,would never want anyone to go through this.Faith

  233. Oh, sweet Wink, the crochet world will miss you dearly. I am so sorry for the pain you suffered here on Earth, but know that you are now looking lovingly down now with a happy heart. Please rest in peace. Your legacy will be cherished.

  234. I am so terribly sorry to hear this news and my thoughts are with you and all her family and of course her boyfriend. I have only spoken to Wink a few times through emails and of course enjoyed her blog for so much longer. It’s such a hard thing to make sense of. She always seemed such a vibrant person, yet was in such a dark place. She will be missed greatly.

    S x

  235. my condolenses to you and your family xx and huge hugs r.i.p wink gone but never forgotten xx

  236. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  237. Dat ze mag rusten in vrede. Veel sterkte voor de familie en vrienden. Respect

  238. For a time, Wink and I were both contributors for the same craft site, and I felt honored to have my work side-by-side with hers. I will greatly miss seeing her cheerful, colorful crochet, and I’m really sad that she wasn’t able to find that light she was looking for. Depression can play such cruel tricks.

  239. I’m so sorry for the loss to your family and the loss to the crochet community. She was such a bright, perky and inspirational person. Depression is such a debilitating issue which really needs to have more awareness of as it touches so many.

  240. I’m so sorry for your loss. She will be greatly missed. I loved her colorful spirit and her patterns. The only thing is that she is no longer hurting.

  241. Rust zacht Wink, dank je voor al het moois dat je achter liet, sterkte voor haar dierbaren!

  242. So sorry to hear your sad news. My thoughts are with you all.

  243. Zo erg… Wát een verlies. Heel veel sterkte x

  244. So sorry to hear of your loss. Thinking of you all. Love Catherine x

  245. Just love and prayers for Wink and her family. :)

  246. All my love to her family and friends. I am so thankful that she wanted to share her craft with others.

  247. I read this with shock and incredible sadness. The loss of such a gentle and taleted soul only serves to make the blow that much harder to bear. Thank you for letting us know Tink, it was kind of you to think of the community even in the midst of your loss.

    I am so very very sorry for your loss.

  248. Thank you for being brave and writing so eloquently at such a difficult time. So sorry to hear of this tragic news.
    The wonderful Wink will be missed.
    My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
    /Christina, Sweden

  249. Condolences hugs and prayers. Rest in peace.

  250. I am so sad to hear this news – Wink was such a champion of stitching for mental health wellbeing and so generous with her time to discuss this. She will be sorely missed, but also celebrated as someone whose creativity has helped thousands out of the darkness too.

  251. I’m so sorry :( I hope she’s at peace now.

  252. heel veel sterkte voor haar dierbaren, kende haar niet persoonlijk, maar via de scheepjescal. Hoop dat Wink nu haar rust gevonden heeft.

  253. I couldn’t believe what I was reading. I am so saddened by the news. She was a very talented woman who’s life as far as her crochet was concerned, was fun and colourful. RIP Wink you will be terribly missed by so very many people who’s lives you touched, and it am just one of them. Xxx

  254. Oh no! Safe journey Wink. Lots of love.

  255. I am so deeply deeply sorry to hear of your terrible loss. I will always remember her warmly and with love. Because of Wink, I will have the gorgeous blanket that me and my Mum made together. Because of that blanket, Wink has given me something unique and priceless. I hope you and your family find some way to deal with this. I am so truly sorry XXXX

  256. In the arms of angels now No more pain, just happiness. Prayers for you and your family.

  257. Ik was totaal sprakeloos toen ik las dat Wink er niet meer is. Ze heeft zoveel mensen geinspireerd met alles wat ze maakte, waaronder deze kleurrijke blog. Het is vreselijk dat zich achter deze kleurrijke blog zo’n drama heeft afgespeeld. Ik wens haar vriend, haar familie en haar vrienden heel veel sterkte bij het verwerken van dit verlies.

  258. She was an inspiration to so many people, I hope she knew that, will be sadly missed by so many, sending our love to her family and friends xxx

  259. Sad news, kind wishes to winks family. Talented creative people go far to soon but are not forgotten. She was brave.

  260. Just ran across this blog today and how heartbreaking for your family! I am so sorry for your loss. Reading her blog and website…she was a creative being. So sorry she was lost in depression. It is a loss for all in the creative world. Hugs!

  261. Wat erg om te lezen. Heel veel sterkte!

  262. I am so sorry to hear this and send my heartfelt condolences to you, your family, her boyfriend and all those who were close to her.

  263. oh no!! I am so sorry to hear this. I lost a nephew 20 months ago the same way, and it breaks our hearts to think we were unable to help. Love and light to your family, and may all the angels sport mandala wings from now on.

  264. So deeply sorry for your loss. She will be missed by many. Sending love and peace.

  265. So sad. R.I.P.

  266. Tinc, I am so very sorry, please pass on to your parents and family my thoughts and prayers, Goodnight Wink, see you soon x.

  267. What a loss….for all the crochet lovers and certainly for you, her family and friends. I’m many of them who where inspired by her and wil miss you Wink, all your ideas and comments on crochet and things surrounding. Hope you have found your peace in heaven!
    Whishing you and your beloved ones, Tinc, the best and much strength in these difficult times….

  268. So shocked to hear this, as newbie to crochet, Wink’s was the first blog I followed. I love her work and the beautiful colour combinations that she used. Words are inadequate to express my condolences to your family I am so sorry for your loss. I will crochet one of her patterns in her memory. So long Wink and thank you for the confidence and inspiration you gave me to try the art of crochet. xx

  269. So sorry for your loss. I had just found her site & signed up for her newsletter. It’s too bad that depression got the best of her — she will be missed.

  270. In tears here very sorry ♡

  271. Dear Wink,
    Your colourful présence will be missed terribly!!
    I hope you found your peace in heaven.


  272. Without words…

  273. My heart goes out to Wink’s family! I am so sorry to hear of her passing. I wish I had more to say that was profound, but I am at a loss. Just sadness. Take care!!

  274. I’m so sorry for your loss. Depression is a hard thing to deal with and many don’t understand. You and your family are in my prayers. God bless you.

  275. God bless you all. She is now in other good hands, but I knwo what happens to her family and boyfriend. It was her own choice, but it’s so unbelieveble to understand it, to handle it. I wish you so much love and strength for now and in the future. Sorry, I.m Dutch so I hope you understand it. Sometimes God pick up the most beautiful flower too soon.

  276. So sorry to hear of this tragedy. She was an inspiration to me. Sending prayers of strength for you and your family. She will be greatly missed by us all!

  277. Rust zacht! Voor haar vriend en de familie heel heel veel sterkte!

  278. I am so very sorry for your loss. She will be missed by the crochet community for sure.

  279. No words for it..
    We will miss you wink
    hope you find your rest in heaven.
    God bless you
    You were and are a awesome women

  280. So sorry.. I suffer from depression,, I have highs and lows… sometimes I feel like the light at the end of the tunnel is a train.. She was an inspiration to me. I will miss her. Thank you for letting us know. I pray God gives comfort to you, your family, and her boyfriend.

  281. I’ve loved following her blog such an inspiration, she was so talented, young and beautiful….she will be missed by lots of people and I’m thinking of you and your family at this difficult time.

  282. I cAnt believe we will long see all her lovely work it is very sad and sorry to you and your family for your loss x

  283. I am so sorry for your loss. This is such tragic news, and deeply saddens me to hear that our community, and your family has suffered this loss. May you all find peace in knowing that she is no longer suffering, and no longer in a deep dark place. She will be painting the heavens with her beautiful crochet creations, and spreading her love, passion and knowledge of crocheting through her blog and her books. Hugs to you Tinc, and your family. Wink, may you finally be at peace, and in a better, happier place.

  284. I’m so very sorry for you and your family. I will miss Wink and her beautiful words and crochet art. We are all here for such a sort time and I know you are all hurting deeply. My love, blessings and prayers for your healing and continued beautiful life is pouring out. Thank you so much for being such a brave and loving sister and sharing Wink’s passing from our plane of existence. Blessings and Love, Glenda

  285. So sad to be reading such news. The crochet world has lost a special person, as has her family. She will live on in her beautiful creations. My most heartfelt condolences to Winks family & loved ones. May she finally R.I.P.

  286. So very sad for your loss, you must be heartbroken. Godspeed Wink xxxx

  287. Depression is just like a cancer, it’s a disease and a sickness. Sorry she suffered so. She will be in my prayers always. May your family find peace in knowing she has also. God bless you. Her spirit will always be alive in her works.

  288. I am so sorry to learn of your loss. I was recently looking through all of the patterns she has available on Ravelry and I was thinking what a lovely, beautiful mind that is able to create such inspiring projects and patterns. They are so cheerful and beautiful. I am sending both you and your family healing thoughts and prayers.

  289. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May your happy memories with her bring you comfort during this time of sorrow.

  290. So shocked and heartbroken! I’ve been admiring her wonderful creation.Wishing you and your family lot of strength for this hard time.
    RIP Wink! Thanks so much for the great inspiration.

  291. So, so sorry – I really thought of her as a friend, she was so clever & generous with sharing her skills. Marinke, rest with peace in your heart & soul. Slump family, may you find some comfort in knowing how many people across the world admired & appreciated Wink. Our thoughts are with you. Grandma Rose X

  292. I’m so very sorry. I just purchased her latest pattern from Ravelry, the Forget Me Nots cowl. Is there a suitable charity I could donate the finished scarf to in her name?

  293. So sorry to hear the sad sad news! I have been able to crochet since I was 7 yrs old, I am now 56 yrs old. Wink though inspired me to take it up again, I have shown many others over time how to crochet but Wink really inspired me to get going again, I came over to Holland last month and was so excited to find one of her yarn kits in the shop near where we staying, I bought lots of wool and had it shipped home to the UK. Condolences seem insufficient but as you say goodbye not farewell, one day we will all meet again, love to all of you xxx

  294. Dearest Tinc: Thank you for letting us know. That had to be on of the hardest things to write. <3 My deepest condolences to all of your family and friends. It breaks my heart to hear the news.

    It's very difficult to hold back the pounding at the doors of depression. She held firm as long as she could. What great courage that had to take. <3

    I will always treasure her clear and unique creative voice.
    Nam myoho renge kyo.

  295. I’m still reeling from this latest post. My deep condolences to you and your family, Tinc. The bloggers we follow are real people. We may never meet them, but they become virtual friends. You will be greatly missed Wink.

  296. So sorry to hear the sad news. Wink was a real inspiration and will be missed in both the crochet and blogging communities. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  297. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  298. So sorry to loose such a fine person, wish the family all the best in this dark time.

  299. So so sad to hear of Wink’s passing. The last time I “saw” her I was practising Scheepswool and laughing. Teared up now. Love and prayers for your family and thank you Tinc for comforting Wink’s followers when you have lost your big sister. ((((Hugs, sweetheart))) x

  300. Wink …

    You are near,
    Even if we don’t see you.
    You are with us,
    Even if you are far away.
    You are in our hearts,
    In our thoughts,
    In our lives.

  301. As a community, we laugh together, we love together, and right now we are all crying together with you, Tinc. If you find yourself needing support through this difficult time, I hope you know you can find it here.

  302. Sad Sad news, it is hard to believe that someone can be so low. My Mother did the same 43 years ago and it is still hard. But you do have to go on, she is not in pain now.

  303. Words, cannot express the beauty that Wink brought to all of us! But sweet,sweet Tinc,
    Know that the most exquisite rainbow and the brightest star above you is full of your dear
    Wink! Prayers for comfort are sent your way for healing your whole family……..

  304. Rest well Wink and enjoy all the lovely yarn on the other side and when I see a rainbow I will see it as if it were crocheted by you.

  305. So sorry to hear this but thanks for being so brave and letting us know. May she rest in peace and may your family take comfort in knowing how much she inspired others and how much she was admired.

  306. Oh my dear, I am so sorry for this. Please know that she was loved by us, Condolences to your family. xo

  307. This is such sad, tragic news. My heart goes out to you and the rest of her family and friends.

  308. Ooh tinc so very sorry for you and your family . Condolences from New Zealand . I shall treasure her memory and her Cal 2014 blanket all the more

  309. Wat ontzettend triest dat Wink op deze manier haar rust heeft gezocht. Hopelijk heeft zij gevonden wat zij zocht. Ik zal voortaan bij ieder gehaakt hartje wat ik tegenkom of zelf haak aan haar denken. Zo zal zij blijven voortbestaan. Heel veel sterkte toegewenst aan haar familie en vrienden.

  310. So sad to hear the awful news. My deepest sympathies to you all xx. I had the pleasure of meeting Wink at Unravel last year. I too was in a dark place at that time as I’d recently been widowed. She was such a lovely young woman and she really helped to lift my mood. Depression is such a horrible affliction.

    She will be sorely missed and our lives will be greyer without her. But her legacy will live on in the wonderful inspiration that she gave us all in her beautiful colourful crochet designs.

    Fly high dearest Wink. The sky will have a wonderful brightly coloured new star.

  311. Dear Wink… in peace and fly with the Angels. I hope your pain is gone. Xo

  312. So sorry for your loss.she will be greatly missed

  313. Sending hugs & prayers to all the family and friends who knew, shared and loved her.

  314. So sorry to read this… is always so difficult when someone passes so young. Depression is a most awful disease… destroying…….you try to look up to a happy & bright future, but all you see can see is bleakness & darkness. I hope that her family can get past the awfulness of this…….and remember her with gladness and happiness…..

  315. My deepest condolences to the family… it seems that sometimes the ones that give the most, somehow use themselves up early…a bright flash and then they are gone…

  316. Dammit. Just dammit. Depressie is such a nasty type of killer. So sneaky. Hollowing you out until you are just a shell. I’m so sorry for her. Such a bright, colourful spirit, swollowed by the big emptyness.

  317. So very very sad. Love light and strength to you and her family. Remember her in each stitch and colour she lovingly created.

  318. I am so sorry for your loss. Thanks for letting us know.

  319. I’m so, so sorry for your loss. I will keep you all in my thoughts & prayers.

  320. I am so very, very sad to hear this news. HUGS and LOVE to you Tinc and to your family. She was so very, very talented and I just LOVED following her blog and seeing her beautiful creations. She pushed me to do more and stretch myself as a crocheter. It was her mandala designs that got me back into crocheting on a more consistent basis. I will miss her very, very much as she was such an inspiration.

  321. Heel veel sterkte voor iedereen die haar lief is

  322. I am so sorry for your loss, Wink will be missed by countless people, myself included. She gave us so much. I live in Ireland so am unable to attend a memorial but I will send up prayers
    R.I.P. Wink xxx

  323. My most sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family and friends. I am so very sorry for your loss. I will miss Wink’s blog, cheery posts, and her wonderful craft. She was such a wonder with a hook!! Rest in peace sweet girl. We will all miss you.

  324. Such sad news. Wink was extremely talented and put so much of herself into things for us. We will miss her. Depression is a horrible thing and it sneaks in on you when you least expect it at times. If anyone that reads this is thinking of hurting yourself please, please, please talk to someone. Depression is a liar that makes you feel like no one cares and nothing will get better. The truth is things do get better and people do love you. Let them help you. Wink will be missed but we will see her again.

  325. I only admired from afar – she was an inspiration and I wish her creativity and joy had been enough to shield her from an awful disease! I proudly own her first book and will pre-order the new one. Bless you and your family during this time. Thank you for sharing.

  326. This is devastating news. I’m familiar with depression and once was on The verge of doing the same. Medication saved me. My fathertook his life when he was only 36.
    It is an awful illness and not very well understood by the lucky ones that are unfamiliar with it.
    My warmest condolances to the ones that are bereaved of this colourfull woman.

  327. Such sad news for you and your family. Wink will always be remembered for her beautiful crochet, and inspiration to so many of us.
    I am sure she will be in heaven with her hooks and yarn,
    Love to you all RIP Wink xxx

  328. I’m so so sorry to hear of this. A real jolt of shock. Deepest condolences to her family. A reminder though for people who are experiencing these kind of feelings to come forward and seek help. The world will always be emptier without you and those around you will feel the loss more deeply than you know xXx

  329. This just makes me cry. I have suffered with depression all my life and came so close to ending my life at one time.
    My sympathies to all her family….she will be crocheting her little heart out in Heaven. Thank you for sharing with everyone….hugs to you.

  330. Like all my other favorite bloggers, I stumbled upon yours through my love and obsession with crochet. I loved visiting your bright creative little corner. Not to mention BEAUTIFUL! R.I.P. WINK!!! Thank you so much for sharing your creations.

  331. So touched by the many comments people have left here today. I’ve really been affected by this news (as I commented on earlier).

    I wanted to give people in this community a way to channel their grief while honoring Wink at the same time. I’ve created a collaborative crochet art project in Wink’s honor. It’s called #MandalasForMarinke and you can get the details on Crochet Concupiscence.

  332. veel sterkte aan familie vrienden en iedereen die haar kende

  333. So very sorry to read this news ~ my prayers are with you during this most difficult time and I hope God will comfort you all in the days, weeks, and months ahead.

  334. Wat een verlies, heel veel sterkte voor de familie ⭐️

  335. Muito triste! O Crochet também me ajuda nos dias mais complicados, ocupa o meu cérebro… compreendo prefeitamente. IT´is sad. Crochet is good for my brain too in my dark days, so I understand.

  336. So sorry for your loss. Will pray that the Lord will bring you and your family the strength that you need at this very sad time. Wink is at peace now. God bless you and your family. Margaret

  337. Ohhhhhh she was an always will be a great teacher we are an were so lucky to have her the time she did share with us so very sorry to the family

  338. She will be greatly missed! :'(

  339. Bless you Tinc for reaching out to Wink’s friends and followers through your grief. You are a beautiful being just like your sister. This is a very sad thing to hear. I hope none of you blame yourselves in any way. Wink’s life was hers and we can only hope we touched her in a positive way. I so loved her style and way of being in the world. I will miss her greatly and will always carry her influence that helped me set my crochet free. My love and aloha to all of you. anno

  340. So sad. Such a beautiful creative young lady, you will be missed. X

  341. So sorry to hear this! So sorry for the loss of this life! Prayer for her family & friends!

  342. Heartbreaking news. Tinc, so very sorry for your family’s loss. Wink touched so many lives with her creativity. RIP Wink. May you have your favorite hook in hand and endless yarn eternally.

  343. I forgot to say thank you for leaving the blog up forever. I refer to it often for a bit of color here in foggy San Francisco. XOXOX anno

  344. I am so sad to hear this :( i really enjoyed reading your sister’s blog, she was a true inspiration. My thoughts are with the family.

  345. Peace to all who knew her. The crochet community has truly suffered a loss today. My Heart goes out to the family and friends who knew her best. She truly inspired me and my crochet endeavors. May Wink, rest in peace….I raise my crochet hook in her honor today. Hugs to all. From Rosalie in NY

  346. Find Peace my dear Wink. You will really really be missed.

  347. So very sad to read your post but thank you for taking the time to let Winks blogging friends know, it cannot have been an easy thing for you to do. I have enjoyed reading Winks blog since I joined in a recent CAL and derived much pleasure and inspiration. My thoughts are with you and your family at this sad time.

  348. No, what a tragedie, she was a talent, what a lost for us all but specially for the family. My condolances.

  349. This is so sad. She will be deeply missed and she has touched so many people’s lives in such a wonderful way. May God give you all peace.

  350. Only last saturday I was telling someone about this blog and how wonderfull he is. Wink was a genius, if I see the colors, patterns, pictures,… I loved coming over here (in lunch break) to find some energy. I hope she’ll find the peace now, my thoughts are especially for her family and close friends. Hope you find the strength to deal with this pain and to go on with your lives, thinking of all the good moments you had together. Big hug x

  351. So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!

  352. Sad to hear that you’re gone Wink. Thanks for giving me the opportunity for a blog interview back in 2013. I was so proud to meet someone creative like you who enjoyed inspiring people worldwide with her blog. All I can say now is that our little town Hoogeveen has lost one of her most creative human beings. Thank you once again for inspiring me and many of your followers! Goodbye Wink…

    Familie en vrienden van Marike, veel sterkte gewenst in deze moeilijke tijden.

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  354. Thank you for your bravery being able to give us this very sad news, It shows your love for your sister. I am so sad for you and your family, she was a great inspiration to me. I sincerely hope she will be at rest now. There but the grace of God!!

  355. I am so very sorry. Heartfelt condolences to you, your family and Wink’s boyfriend. Wink was a generous, talented and beautiful person. Xx

  356. So so sad. A terrible loss.

  357. Wink, I understand.
    The harder you try to get out the. Deeper depression pills you in

    • so true! and what most fail to realize, we cant just snap out of it of be happy! :(

  358. I offer my deepest and heartfelt sympathy to you all. Be assured that she is at peace now-a peace this world couldn’t give her. May you all be strong in your support of one another and know how much joy she brought with her blog. Blessings from Galway,Ireland. X

  359. So sad…be at peace Wink! Forever in our crochet gifted…blessings on your family.

  360. I am so very profoundly sorry for your family’s loss and for the pain that Wink had to have been in to take her own life. I will keep Wink and all of you in thought and prayer. The earth’s loss is a bright new star in the Heavens. Peace to you all.

  361. So sorry to hear about your loss!! Sending prayers for your family!

  362. Lord, Be with her family and friends and all the people, like me, who loved her colorful crochet projects. She will be missed but never forgotten.

  363. My condolences to her family and everyone else in her life. Wink, you will be missed! X

  364. With this sad news, we have all lost a part of us. My sincere sympathy to you and your family. Lots of prayers coming your way. May God bless you in ways you may never know, but especially with comfort and understanding. Please know this is indeed not the end of Wink. She will live on in those whose lives she has touched. And, she has definitely touched mine with her goodness and creativity. God be with you all <3

  365. So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!

  366. In total shock here. Sending strength and peace to you x

  367. I am so sorry for all of you Losing such a beautiful and creative person Maybe she didn’t know, she was an inspiration to a whole bunch op people And we can be sure of one thing Heaven will be a warm and colorfull place by the time we get there! Dear family and Friends of Wink, my condolences to all of you.

  368. my thoughts are with you all at such a difficult time – long may her creativetalent and light shine brightly as I am sure she so often brought light and creativity to your lives xxx

  369. It’s so sad to here this. Hope she found the peace she was looking for, and wishing you all a lot lot lot of strength! XO!

  370. This is very sad news. I’m so sorry for your loss. Wink has been a great inspiration and I enjoyed watching her creations.

  371. So sorry for your loss hugs and love to you all xxx

  372. De Hemel heeft er een engel bij…..
    Vind het verschrikkelijk te horen dat ze geen andere uitweg zag. Heel veel sterkte voor familie en vrienden. Rust zacht xxxxx

  373. Condolences and much love to you all x

  374. to you her family and friends, my deepest condolences. i am so very sorry for your loss.

  375. So very sad. Wink left us some great crochet patterns – she will live on through these. There will always be a part of her in our work. So sad for her family.

  376. I am so sorry to read of this. Warm thoughts and prayers to your family. Rest in peace, Wink.

  377. I’m sure she was welcomed to heaven by my grandmother and they are happily crocheting beautiful things together.

  378. My deepest sympathy. How very sad. She was in a very bad place and no one could help her. Prayers coming for all concerned. She has left a crocheting legacy behind her. She will always be remembered with love..

  379. I am so sorry. God rest Wink’s soul. Family, loved ones and friends will be in my prayers. So sad. <3

  380. Prayers and hugs for you and her loved ones. Blessed be.

  381. So sad! R.I.P
    Thoughts to all the family x

  382. Sending much love at such a terrible time – I didn’t meet Wink but followed her blog and she was such a fabulously creative, artistic inspiration to everyone who loved crochet. She will be at peace now and spared such a terrible burden to carry. Much love to you all xxxx

  383. R.I,P. Wink,,, prayers are with your family & friends at this time,, But you also have so many friends who followed your post’s & you helped so many to open their creative side & we will miss your talent & inspiration to help other’s,, Heaven has gained a Beautiful Angel,, xx

  384. So, so sad that Wink couldn’t get through to the light but my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  385. So sorry to hear this very sad news. Loved following her blog and wonderful creations. Be at peace now Wink.

  386. I’m very sorry to hear this news. Love and peace to you and your family.

  387. I’m in shock. I just stumbled onto her blog and her wonderful creations within the last two weeks. Her Crochet Squares Bag caught my eye, and went into my Ravelry queue. My heart is broken for you and your family, and also for us crocheters–a beautiful light has gone out.

  388. I’m so sorry. Condolences.

  389. How tragic! I have made many of her patterns. She was a very talented young women! She will be sadly missed.
    My condolences!

  390. Marinke… every time I will look up at the sky, I will know you are there. An angel with us, an angel for us. Thank you for the ray of light you brought into our lives. I will never forget you.

  391. So very sorry to hear such sad news, Wink, you inspired me to crochet colourful , beautiful mandalas which I will continue to do and think of you… RIP insprinational Lady xxxx

  392. I’ve read this blog loads of times and seen Wink’s work in magazines, I found her very inspirational. I’m really, really sorry to hear your sad news and hope that you find some consolation in how admired she was and how she inspired people. Xx

  393. My condolences! so sad news …she was really an inspiration for me and I am even more sad that I wasn’t able to meet her in person :( :(

  394. Ook ik wil mijn deelneming uitspreken aan iedereen! Mijn scheepjes cal deken ligt hier naast me op de bank, kil, alleen. Maar ik zal er altijd aan blijven denken, hoe ze me inspireerde om het kleurrijk deken verder te haken. Rip marinke x

  395. Wink brought sunshine to so many right around the world. So sad that she gave it all away and kept none for herself. RIP now. Much sympathy to you all from New Zealand.

  396. Heartfelt condolences to you and your family. She has left a trail of joy and beauty for so many people. I hope this will give you all some comfort. Thank you for letting us know. Bless you

  397. So sad my heart goes out to all those that loved her. Depression is so awful poor Wink now rest in peace.

  398. So sad to hear this news :( I’ve been following Wink’s blog for almost as long as I’ve been crocheting. I will miss reading her posts and looking at her beautiful creations. xxx

  399. This is really sad news….I didnt knnow her in person…but I do know she was a good person with a very kind heart. She will be greatly missed to all in the crochet world. Prayers to all the family she left behind. <3

  400. Tinc, wat prachtig geschreven. Ik ben erg geschrokken toen ik het las. Heel veel sterkte voor jou en je familie! Ik heb Marinke’s blog altijd met veel plezier gevolgd en haalde veel inspiratie uit haar mooie creaties.

  401. Oh my!!! This is such sad news indeed. My condolences to the surviving loved ones and may she rest in peace.

  402. Condolences to you and your family.

  403. R.I.P. Wink, Tinc my thoughts are with you and your family at this very difficult time. I’m so sorry for your loss and for the loss of a very talented and creative crochet addict. Rest easy Wink and watch over you family.

  404. Thinking of you all in your grief. Hoping in time you’ll heal your hearts and have the beautiful crochet she created as a loving remembrance for you all. I’ll be wearing a crochet flower on Thursday

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  406. My deepest condolences to your family and friends. Losing a sibling is so hard no matter what causes the loss. Fighting depression is a struggle of duality. The inner turmoil only known by those who have suffered from this; and the hurt and heartache of loved ones who look on with love and support. Some think suicide is a cause of weakness Don’t ever believe that. I have always believe that it is only someone who has been strong for so long fighting depression and for a moment losses hope. Looking over Winks blog shows such incredible beauty and creativity in her designs. As someone who has fought depression myself I am in absolute awe of her incredible talent, but more so that Wink chose to share this with all of us in the crochet community. Such generous spirit. Even fighting this awful illness she still shared these beautiful things about herself with people she had yet to know. I went on Amazon and bought her first book. Today it is listed as the Editors Pick 2015 Top Favorites This Year So Far. I can see why. To be able to accomplish this during such a struggle, I tip my hat to this fine lady. Surely Jesus met her at the heavenly gates and said Welcome.

  407. My deepest condolences to family and friends, so sorry for your loss. And big thanks for Wink for bringing so much beauty and inspiration for us fellow crocheters. xxx

  408. my deepest sympathy…fly high winkie and teach those angels how to crochet..your beautiful artist abilities will be remembered by all…god bless u and keep u

  409. Tinc, I know from sad personal experience how hard it is to share this kind of news. I lost my daughter to suicide in December of 2013 and spent a lot of time in the first week or two contacting her friends. She had an active circle in all parts of the world. For me, it was therapeutic to talk to her friends. I hope you find the same. It’s a lifelong journey missing a loved one but it gets easier.

    Bless you and your family with peace and acceptance.

  410. I’m very sad to read this post. She was looking so enjoyed , so confident on her blog . It is a bad time for all of her family and friends . Every Time, i was enjoyed to read her posts. Be safe Winkelmann in your new world. Thank you Tinc.

    Michèle from France

  411. I’m so saddened & sorry to be reading this, condolences to all of her family & close friends x

  412. ❤️

  413. So sad to hear of her passing. She was definitely a shining star in the crochet community. I learned a lot from her and she inspired me countless times. She will be greatly missed :(

  414. Very, very sorry to hear this news, and my heartfelt sympathy to her family and friends. I love the fact that Wink was so ready to share her passion and her talent with others – makes the world a better place to be.

  415. Prayers for all involved. Miss you.

  416. This is so sad that she could not get herself out of the dark and see the light. She brought a lot of sunshine to many people around the world. Look at how many of her www crochet friends have sent their condolences and thoughts. She did make a difference to lots of people and she will be remembered with great fondness.

  417. Dear Tinc and family–I am so very sorry for your loss. I too, lost a close family member to suicide due to depression and my heart hurts for you. So many questions and regrets. Be blessed as you grieve for your dear sister and know that you are being held in thought and prayer for peace and comfort.

  418. I am so sorry for your loss. I know such a sweet person is in a better place.

  419. So very sorry to read the sad news. She was such a talented and interesting lady. An inspiration to crocheters around the world including myself.

  420. Prayers for all. RIP……….

  421. I am so very sad for you and your family to lose such a vibrant person like Wink. I had no idea she was in so much pain. Her blog never wavered from cheerful and optimistic ideas. My deepest condolences. Mariann NYC.

  422. Thank you Wink, for all your lovely patterns, for giving me a hobby, for just being your creative you. I hope you’ve found peace now, and I’m pretty sure you’re already learning some people crocheting up there, above the sky.

  423. Thank you Tinc for giving us the very sad news about Wink. She was a enthusiastic creative person who inspired many people including me. Heaven will be brighter with her there. My thoughts and prayers are with you and all her family and friends.
    Noelene from New Zealand

  424. So very sorry for this loss. ..a very sad day…thoughts and prayers to all she touched…depression is a horrible disease.

  425. God bless you Tinc for being strong enough to let her friends on her web site know-Prayers to your family for much peace in your hearts now when you need it.

  426. I am so sorry for your loss. The world is a little less colourful today.

  427. Such shocking, tragic news. Just recently began to follow Wink and am making her groovy blankie for a sweet new baby grandson. I think I will rename the pattern in my own heart as “Wink’s Joy”, as she has brought much joy and creative enchantment to all of us who so appreciate her genius with pattern and color. Loving condolences to all who love Wink, especially family. Shalom….peace and wholeness….to you all.

  428. Tinc and family. The world became a little dimmer without her colorful personality. She truly will be missed. Thank you for such a heartfelt post.

  429. It breaks my heart to hear of Wink leaving in such a way! Her sadness did seem deep, and I know along with the encouragement that I sent to her more than once, so many others sent their well-wishes to her also. :-( Such a sad thing to happen – my heart goes out to the family, and my deepest sympathies too. She was such an inspiration – a very “cool” girl! Prayers going out to you, her family, and we will not forget her! Yes to the memorial for her!

    All the best – Dawn LaFountain aka “Parearau”

  430. Tinc, if you would please pm me. We (the crochet community) would like to do something to honor Wink and I wanted to touch base with you about it.

  431. I’m sorry for your loss.

  432. I really feel for you all. I lost my youngest son 4 years ago to suicide at just 18. Life will go on and you have a wonderful legacy that lives on in others xx

  433. you will be missed so sorry for your family may they find peace until we meet again in the crochet section in heaven

  434. Such sad news. She created so much beauty. Much love.

  435. My deepest condolences! Cannot believe this, she was such a bright person just like her creations. She will be deeply missed.

  436. I had just found her website recently and enjoyed visiting. So sorry to hear of her passing. I hope Wink’s family finds some comfort in knowing so many are thinking of them during this most difficult time. We are all in this world for such a short time, but Wink made it a nicer place for many. Hugs.

  437. I am so sorry for your loss.

  438. Sad news. Condolence.

  439. May there be abundance of love all around for Wink’s family and crochet friends globally. She will be sadly missed.

  440. I was so excited when I saw I had an email from “a creative being”. I thought ‘great, she is feeling a little better’ and I couldn’t wait to open it to see how she was faring. My heart dropped to read your words Tinc. I am so sad this world has lost not only a talented individual, but someone who was truly inspiring. I understand the depths of this horrible disease and I can only hope Wink has found her peace. My thoughts, prayers, hugs, love and light are sent to you all. Bless you Wink x

  441. I’ve crocheted for as long as I can remember and felt in the last two years that there was nothing new or inspiring about crochet anymore until I saw Wink’s creations and it lit a spark in me. I can’t wait to get home from work to pick up my needle and try to re-create the beautiful color combinations and designs she shared. This news is so sad – she will be truly missed. My condolences to the family, you will be in my prayers.

  442. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends. I am so very sorry for your loss.

  443. Such sad, sad news. I’m really sorry to read this, condolences to all Wink’s family and friends.

  444. My heart goes out to the family! So sorry for your loss!

  445. Oh I am so sorry to read this about her.. so sad for the family she is leaving behind.. I pray for every one of the family and all her beloved friends.. depression is one God awful thing to handle.. please know I will keep praying for this horrible disease and for her family to over come this.. love and healing prayers being sent her way.. xoxoxo

  446. Tinc,

    Thank you so much for letting us know.
    Your news was very sad and my heart is heavy.
    My condolences to you, your family and Wink’s boyfriend.
    She did indeed touch so many through crochet.
    Rest in Peace my dear colorful Wink…

    {{Virtual Hugs}}

  447. How absolutely terrible. I’m so sad for her family and friends. I know what depression is like and how hard it is for others to fully understand what someone is going through. I’m so sorry she couldn’t find what she was seeking.

  448. So sorry to hear about your sister, Tinc…May God be with you and your family during this trying time….I will miss her and her awesome designs…but just know that she is more then likely covering heaven with her designs and her awesome colors….All my love to you and your family

  449. Very sad. May she RIP.

  450. prayers to and for all. May you family find peace and acceptance.

  451. Oh, how very sad she’s left us. I am very sorry for you and your family and friends. She was very talented.

    Irene Jackson Albertson / New York/ USA

  452. My heart is breaking for Wink, for you, for her entire family, and for this lovely community she has been such a huge part of. The ScheepjesCall2014 was one of the highlights of my life last year and I will forever be grateful for all the talent she willingly shared with us. Rest in Peace. M xx

  453. you will be missed, but your crochet ledgend will live on in all of us that you inspired with your talent and enthusiasum

  454. Much Love Wink. so sad :(

  455. I didn’t even know you personally, but this has shocked me to my core. You see a beautiful, creative person on the outside, but you never know what they are struggling with on the inside. I feel so sad that she felt that this was the only way….Prayers to her family and friends. Thank you for sharing her with us!

  456. I am so sorry for your loss. So very sad.

  457. Tink I am so sorry to hear you have lost your beloved sister Wink. She was so talented .. Sending you much love and prayers for you and your family. (((HUGS))) from me, the Brit in Portugal.

  458. Wink….you were an awesome person that generously shared your talents with the rest of us in the crochet community. Although I understand your demons very well, that doesn’t mean that I like that they eventually overtook you. Now the dark has broken to the light and you are no more in pain of any kind. I hope you have found peace. My sincerest condolences to you and your family Tinc. Wink will be missed greatly.

  459. Wink’s family, I’m so sorry for your loss. I pray for peace for Wink and strength for the family. Please know, I admired her and her talents and I will miss her.

  460. Tinc, My heart and prayers go out to you and the family. This is so very sad. Depression steals too many too soon and it is a tragedy. I am so sorry for your loss. She will be missed more than she would have guessed.

  461. What a beautiful post. I can’t imagine how hard that was for you to write about the sad loss of your big sister. Thank you xx

  462. So sorry to hear this news. My condolence to her family. Stay strong, please.

  463. I am so very sorry for your tremendous loss. You and your family will be in my prayers. God bless you all.

  464. I am so sorry to hear this. I didn’t know about this page until today, but this just breaks my heart. Depression is a serious disease and the ones fighting are so brave and strong. Sometimes, it gets the best of them. She will be forever remembered by many that loved her, I’m sure. I pray for peace and comfort for her friends, family and followers.

  465. Blessings of peace, love and light to the whole family, may it help guide you through this time and always xxxx dearest wink may you rest beautifully at ease, happy and free from the torment of your mind, may your soul soar free colouring heaven just as you did our world, forever loved, forever missed xxx

  466. R. I.P. my dear . You will be miss. My love goes to to her family and friends

  467. So very sorry for your loss. I hope you take comfort in knowing what a truly inspiring person your sister was. I have depression and read your sister blog a year or more ago. She gave me the inspiration to learn crochet and on a recent difficult spell i have made the effort to crochet. Your sister was a truly special person and sad that i did not take the time to tell her herself. Take care

  468. Dear family, i cant say how much i will miss this lovely person , i wish you all the love and peace , to go through this difficult time, my prayers and hug for the family

  469. What a tragedy! A beautiful young woman in the dark, who even shared it publicly, could not pull herself out of it. My heart goes out to her friends and family at this time. May she rest in peace, as she is in a place of light now. Blessings

  470. So sad to hear the news about your adorable sister Tink. May her beautiful creations that she has left with you remind you of the wonderful soul she was. Through her blog she helped so many other people through dark times – myself included. Her memory will be forever in our hearts ((( <3 )))

  471. i am in disbelief and heartbroken at the loss of our beloved Wink. Not only did we lose a true inspiration in the crochet world, but a dear and sweet woman who used to share her light on all of us with her creativity.
    I am so terribly sorry for your loss. May her love and light shine through you.
    RIP Wink…..I will miss you so much

  472. Rest in peace dear wink

  473. My heart goes out to you tinc, and your whole family. Thank you for letting us know and for sharing your news with such Grace. Wink, you are so loved. Thank you for everything and all that you did. May you be in peace.

  474. I am very sorry for your loss. Depression is a tough battle. God Bless.

  475. Omg wink. This is so sad. My husband took his own last year. The pain never goes away. I just can’t believe that wink did this. She is so talented and I adored her creativity. We will all so sadly miss you. What a shock this is.

  476. I’m so sorry for your loss. She touched many lives & our world was better with her in it. Love to you all from Australia xxx

  477. So sorry for your loss, I knew your sister through instagram . She was a beautiful creative soul. She will be so missed. Such a waste of another gorgeous young person. Hugs to you all. from Australia xx

  478. My condolences to the family and Wink,s boyfriend.. she was very talented and i enjoyed her spunky nature prayers are with you all.

  479. RIP Wink, I just started watchin your site and will miss ya, believe me I know how she felt because I deal with Severe Depression every day and have had some really dark times here lately… sad

  480. OMG I am so sorry for your loss. I pray for comfort. God bless your family.

  481. I am so sorry to hear this tinc i will sorely miss wink i have made some of her things for charity and really loved her blog page, i suffer from depression too and sometimes it can be a hard slog to keep on a even keel especially when you are at your blackest times even when things look like they are going fine ,big hug’s and condolences to you and your family hun xxx

  482. I am so sorry for your families loss she was such a inspiration to so many of us my heart and prayers are with your family and all her fellow crochetters she will be missed by so so many people

  483. sincere condolences

  484. I am so sorry. Condolences to Tinc and her family, We’ll miss you Wink.

  485. I am so sorry to read this xx thoughts and love coming ur way. RIP Wink xx

  486. My condolences to you and your family.

  487. Tinc, my condolences to you and your family. Your sister was a wonderful young lady who had a profound affect on my life. I have an incurable, debilitating disease and I deal with physical pain and limitations. It is a depressing disease and I struggle daily. I first saw your sister’s blog last summer. I found it on Facebook on a day that was a day of struggle for me and her words “crocheting and color have saved my life” was just what I needed. My Mom taught me to crochet when I was 17 but I didn’t keep up with it. I’m now 58. I started crocheting last summer at your sister’s urging. She suggested I start an Instagram account and post my work. I now have crochet friends all over the world, some of whom also struggle with this disease. I wish I had known of her struggle. I wish I could have helped her. RIP my dear friend Wink. You made a difference in my life

  488. A few days into her blog and see the wonderful work Wink, I know the sad news of his departure, so young, so brave!
    I developed a passion with her crochet, with its colors, its “Sheepjes …” and as difficult to pronounce the word!
    I dream that she is in heaven crocheting stars of all colors and from there she send rays of light and your soul rest in peace!
    Adión, bye Wink
    Estela from Uruguay / South America

  489. So sad, My heart and prayers go out to her family and those close to her. Having lost a beautiful creative child to suicide myself, there are no words that can make it better but know that many mourn with you and will carry her craft with them far into the future.

  490. Dear Tinc, I am so very sorry for your loss. Big Hugs. RIP Wink. xoxo

  491. Dear Tinc…

    I never met Wink personally. I started following her blog about 6-8 months ago…There was a light inside of her that was reflected in her blog. 

    I send this scripture to say, despite the challenges of darkness, surrender to the light. Seek refuge in THE ROCK…THE TRUTH…THE LIGHT…

    Please share….



    Psalms 27 (NLT)

    The LORD is my light and my salvation— so why should I be afraid? 

    The LORD is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble? 

    When evil people come to devour me, when my enemies and foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. 

    Though a mighty army surrounds me, my heart will not be afraid. Even if I am attacked, I will remain confident. 

    The one thing I ask of the LORD — the thing I seek most— is to live in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, delight LORD’S perfectionsperfections and meditating in his Temple. 

    For he will conceal me there when troubles come; he will hide me in his sanctuary. 

    He will place me out of reach on a high rock. 

    Then I will hold my head high above my enemies who surround me. 

    At his sanctuary I will offer sacrifices with shouts of joy, singing and praising the LORD with music. 

    Hear me as I pray, LORD.

    Be merciful and answer me! My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.”

    And my heart responds, “LORD , I am coming.” 

    Do not turn your back on me. Do not reject your servant in anger. You have always been my helper. Don’t leave me now; don’t abandon me, O God of my salvation! 

    Even if my father and mother abandon me, the LORD will hold me close. 

    Teach me how to live LORD. Lead me along the right path, for my enemies are waiting for me. 

    Do not let me fall into their hands. For they accuse me of things I’ve never done; with every breath they threaten me with violence. 

    Yet I am confident I will see the LORD’S goodness while I am here in the land of the living. 

    Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the LORD.

  492. So sad, she will live on thru her creations.

  493. I am shocked to hear the sad news. Wink will be missed a lot by the crochet community.

  494. I’m so shocked & saddened . She will be greatly missed.

  495. Im so very sorry for your loss i suffe clinical depretion its really hard to live with this is why i love crochet too, im so sorry you lost such a talented person your sisterTink, daughter friend my thoughts are with u all :”(
    See u in Paradice Wink.


    I am so sorry to hear that such a sweet sweet person suffered so much anguish and that you have suffered such a great loss. I know your happy memories will help fill your aching hearts.

    I know what great therapy crocheting is but even more than that, the information in the link above has given me and millions of others tremendous comfort in times like these. I hope it will comfort you as well.

    Thank you for allowing me to share this with you and for sharing her story. My prayers are with you at this sad time.

  497. Thank you for sharing what happened. My condolences to you and your family.

  498. My heart is breaking. I’ll be keeping you all in my prayers. May God grant you His peace and strength to get through this dark time.

  499. Dear Tinc,
    How devastating to read your post today. Please accept condolences from our family to yours. I still have not found the words to be able to tell my oldest, now just turned 11, who was the ‘little crochet rockstar’ whom your sweet sister dedicated her 1st vlog to a couple of years ago, what has happened to her idol Wink. Your sister wrote the loveliest emails to me for her and she was a huge inspiration to us both. I have tears in my eyes for you. Hopefully she is at peace now. What an incredible loving gesture you have shown for her that you could write such a post in her memory. Hugs to you all.

  500. So very sorry for you and your family Tink, sending strong hugs

  501. I lost my sister to depression too. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think of her. Live the best life you can and speak of Wink often. And know that you will see her again.
    Keeping your family in my prayers.

  502. So very sorry … ♥

  503. Sorry for your loss.

  504. Thank you so much for taking the time to share with Wink’s blog this heartbreaking news. I only recently discovered her blog…but was always inspired by her kind spirit, and colorful mandalas. Sending my condolences to you and your entire family.

  505. I am so sorry to hear of your sisters passing, I pray for you all who loved her that God will help you through this horrible time. Wink is at peace now, God Bless her. She will be missed.

  506. So very sorry …. RIP Wink

  507. Heartfelt condolences to the family. Depression hurts. Everyone.

  508. I am so very sorry for your loss. Depression is a silent killer and I pray she is now at peace. Thank you, Wink, for all your gifts you shared with strangers who became friends. God Bless.

  509. So sorry for your loss. Prayers for family and friends.

  510. Oh this is so sad, I had just found her pages and was loving her designs and her blog. She was my inspiration with my depression, I’m just sad that she was unable to work her way past the black dog at the door. I will continue to fight the black dog to the best of my ability and work on my crocheting skills as she did to inspire us her crocheting family.
    My thoughts are with her family.

  511. PRAYINg for you at this difficult time

  512. It’s hard to explain how shocking and sad it is that someone you only know about through their blog, is gone from this world. The world where she so generously and open-heartingly shared her talents with all of us.
    The hole that she’ll leave in the crochet community will be felt for a long time, I’m sure…as her presence in it opened so many doors, for so many people, into the joys of the yarn arts. I know it did for me!
    I’ve downloaded and created a number of her creations and will now look at them in a different light, as I think about how much knowledge and inspiration they’ve given me.
    My thoughts are with Wink’s family, friends, and anyone else touched by her passing. I truly hope that knowing how many people’s lives she made brighter gives you some solace. Hugs.

  513. This is so sad, praying for you at this difficult time

  514. So terribly sorry for your loss, dear WInk’s family. I only knew her through her blog but felt like she was a kindred spirit. She brought a lot of joy and a love of crochet to many people around the world – a legacy to be proud of. Take care of each other.

  515. I am so sad to hear your news… Much love and light to you all – she is now in a happy place. xxx

  516. I truly feel that I have lost a dear friend, though we never actually met. My condolences to the family. You have to know how many people she helped and inspired. She will not be forgotten!

  517. dear Tinc:
    So sorry to hear of Wink’s passing.My thoughts and prayers are with you
    and your family at thisi difficult time. Rest in Gods arms Wink
    Much love to you and all your family.

  518. I was so sad to hear the news of Wink. Her beautiful patterns will live on through all of us. Thank you Tinc for coming here to tell us. All my condolences and thoughts for you and your family.

  519. Wink you will always be an inspiration to me, be peacful beautiful girl. All my thoughts to you Tinc and your family thank you for so kindly letting us all know.

  520. Thinking of your family during this difficult time. RIP Wink.

  521. I am so sorry to hear about Wink she loved her work!

  522. So very sad to see such a talented and beautiful lady gone. Will miss her

  523. That’s very sad about Wink for loosing the battle. I can understand to some extent what she might be going through as I had been under deep depression for some time and even now I fight with it daily . We will miss her and her creativity. Sending prayers for you and your family to face such difficult time and emotions.

  524. RIP now gorgeous girl. You were such a bright light despite the darkness. Xx

  525. I am very very saddened,I will really miss Wink,I am sad for those left behind.

  526. Rest in Peace Wink ….. my thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  527. Our deepest sympathies. But the way I look at it she is a very happy place looking down on us crocheting away with a huge smile on her face. My heart goes out to all her family and friends. My daughter is a schizophrenic depressive so slightly understand be strong and keep this going in Wink’s honour and we will be here. Xxx

  528. My sympathies to you and thank you for having the courage to write this post at such a difficult time. Wink was an inspiration, and particularly inspired me with her love and use of colours. May the memory of her be a blessing to you.

  529. Oh gosh, I only wished her well last week and bought two of her patterns. She was such an inspiration. Feeling such sadness for you, her family, and for all of us in her crochet family. She will be missed.

  530. Rest in peace Wink, my thoughts are with thoughts familie.

  531. Thinking of you and your family, sorry for your loss. God is with you and be strong!

  532. So saddened to this news. My thoughts go to all your family and friends. I hope Wink is now at peace xxx

  533. I am very sorry for your loss. I am a huge fan of Wink. Though we have never met, this sad news has sat with me all day like a sky without a sun. My sincere condolences.

  534. Oh Tinc, I am sooooo sorry to hear this. Your sister was a beautiful, lovely, creative and sweet worman. This is such a huge shock. She has been such an inspiration to everyone including me. I am just heartbroken over this news. I hope you can keep this site up and running since we all visit is quite often and love her patterns and ideas.
    Many condolences and hugs to you and your family. <3

  535. My nephew, Ralphy, hung himself from a rope. It was his brother Jody who found him hanging in the back yard–dead. I don’t understand why people give up and take control, and end their live and leave those who loved them to greive forever? Why? I will cry forever, so will your brother and your dad. Why?

  536. Dear Tinc:
    So sorry to hear about your sister’s suicide. However, thank you for letting us know the truth, for being honest.
    As a person who has bipolar and has been mesmerized by suicide at different times in my journey, I appreciate that your family did not try to sweep it under the carpet. For what it is worth, often people do not really want to die, it is just too painful to live and our thought patterns get quite distorted.
    Wink will live in her blog and books and our memories. She brought light to my life with her CAL 2015 and for that I am grateful!
    May your Higher Power support you through this sad time. Take care.
    RIP Wink.

  537. Such a heavy heart to read this. I hope she’s found peace and can feel the love pouring out for her from here.

  538. I too, hope that Wink is now at peace and that her family will find peace eventually. Love to all xx

  539. Dear Tinc,
    You are very generous, sharing this information with us when I am sure that it is incredibly difficult. Your sister would be so proud and grateful to you I am sure. My heartfelt condolences at this very sad event. Wink’s work was amazing, and may her legacy live on through it.
    Rest in peace Wink.

  540. Tinc, condolences to you, Wink’s boyfriend, and all your family. I made one of her mandalas last week with my crochet class. It’s all the more poignant now. Della

  541. Utterly devastated to hear this terrible news, and I’m sorry, Tinc, for your loss. I was Wink’s editor at Crafttuts+ and I loved working with her on her cheery crochet tutorials. Wink’s crochet tutorials were hugely popular and they brought so much colour – and crafty soul – to the site. Everyone deserves peace of mind, and I’m so sad that Wink was in such much pain. She will be missed. Sending love and strength to Wink’s family and loved ones. Rebecca X

  542. My condolences on your loss! I am so saddened to read this. Unfortunately, I know how she felt. I too suffer from severe depression. There are good days and bad. I had a bad spell a couple of weeks ago, being so bad as that I planned the day to go on no longer. My two boys are what keep me going.

    Wink was a very creative person. She made many beautiful things and shared them freely with us. Her memory will go on through her beautiful creations.

    I pray for her and for you all. I hope that, in time, your hearts will heal and her memory will only bring smiles and not tears.

  543. So very, terribly sad news. May you find comfort in knowing she is peaceful now. RIP Tink. My deepest condolence nice to you wink and your family.

  544. I am so sad to see your news even although I did not know your sister and I offer condolences to your family.My nephew tried to take his own life last week, and was saved but depression is a terrible illness.You have lovely memories to keep with you in your heart.Kind thoughts Wendy x

  545. I’m so very sorry ( I’m so tired I mixed your names up) I meant to say RIP Wink. And my condolence nice to Tink and family. Sorry again.

  546. Dear Tinc and loved ones, my thoughts are with you!
    I still can’t believe it! Just a few months ago Wink came over to my place to enjoy a crochety afternoon and, as always, we had a good time! Wink was just whipping up some new patterns as we chatted. I will cherish those memories and I’m very sad, I didn’t see this coming.
    At first, we met at a crochet meeting I organised, in 2012. She was such a sweet friend!
    I made her some leather and crochet jewelry which she loved (and it made me so proud). Please, would you ever want me to make you some leather jewelry for you as a remembrance for Wink, don’t hesitate to ask, I’d be honoured to do so!
    Also, thank you for this blog post and the memorial, so we have a place to grief.

    Dear Wink, I will never forget you! Thanks for your friendship, you were greatly loved.
    I hope you are in a beautiful place now without sorrow and pain and I hope you didn’t forget to pack some extra woollies. :) And a darning needle! As you always forgot to bring one to our crochety afternoons. ;)
    Love ya!

  547. Tinc, depression is so scary and strong, everyone is heart broken to hear the news. Wink brought love, inspiration and enlightenment to many. I hope this can be of some solace to you and the rest of her family and friends.

  548. Dank je wel Tinc voor het laten weten dat Wink er niet meer is. Hoe zwaar moet dit voor jullie zijn. Ze was een inspirerend persoon en maakte zoveel moois. Ik ken haar niet persoonlijk maar toch voelde het soms een beetje zo. Ik wens jullie heel veel kracht en hoop dat het een beetje zal verzachten te weten dat ze heel veel moois heeft achtergelaten en er heel veel hakers zijn die haar volgden. En zoals je zelf ook gelooft, we komen haar weer tegen. Nogmaals veel sterkte!

  549. I am so sad to hear the news, I’m sitting writing through the tears, My deepest sympathy to all Winks loved ones, nobody can ever take the loving memories you have of her away, she has now found peace and light. Sending loving thoughts and hugs your way.

  550. Such sad news, love to all the family, xx

  551. I’m so sorry for your loss Tinc. Your sister was a talented crafter that brought so much light to our lives. She will be missed greatly.

  552. I am so,so,so sorry. May she rest in peace…

  553. Just heartbreaking, what a talent, what a star.

  554. So sorry to hear this news and for the loss of your beautiful, colourful, creative, talented and much-loved sister. You, and all her friends and family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  555. I am so very sorry to hear about your passing, such an incredibly talented young person. I have followed your blog for sometime now & made many crochet square bags from your pattern. Rest in peace precious girly, gone way too soon. My love and condolences to your family and friends xxx from Vivienne, East London, South Africa

  556. What a very sad loss for everyone…wink was such a talented young lady. My heartfelt condolences are sent to all of your family tinc, her work is absolutely beautiful,,may she rest in peace now xxxx sue

  557. I read this yesterday and am still in shock. I did not now Wink personally but like a lot of others she inspired me to go back to crochet after 50 years of knitting! Such a creative and vibrant young lady – so, so sad. My condolences to all your family and her boyfriend. xx

  558. My thoughts are with you and your family at this time of shock and grief. I did not know your sister, but she certainly inspired me and I along with many other will miss reading her blog.

  559. So very, very sorry to hear this sad news. My sincere condolences to all those she leaves behind devastated by their loss.

  560. Ik schrijf dit in mijn eigen taal want in het engels kan ik niet uitdrukken hoe erg ik dit vind. voor haar en voor allen die achterblijven met dit grote gemis. Heel veel sterkte in deze tijd waarin je als naaste familie geleefd wordt. Maar nog veel meer mijn meeleven voor de tijd die hierna komt. Mijn oprechte deelneming.
    creatieve groeten

  561. Very sad news… my thoughts are for those who stay here, missing Wink :(

  562. Dear Tinc,

    Thank you and your family for your honesty about Wink’s death. Clinical depression and other psychiatric disorders are chronic with acute episodes. I attended an in-service training about Suicide Intervention when I worked in a mental health clinic. The presenter said we cannot prevent suicide but we can intervene when the suicidal person mentions a plan. For example, often we hear college students say, “if I fail this exam I’ll kill myself.” That in itself doesn’t mean anything and most listeners will brush it off. However, if a person says, “I have a rifle and ammunition and will blow my brains out in front of my professor if I fail this exam” the suicidal person has told you they have a plan to carry out their suicidal ideation. You can intervene by 1. warning the professor, 2. by removing the rifle and/or ammunition if you know where they are stored, 3. report the suicidal person to mental health professionals, police, and family. Our society needs to fund psychiatric emergency rooms and crisis centers that need to be open 365/24/7. Support groups are available to mental health consumers and their families. People need not suffer in silence. Your honesty will enable others who suffer from this disease to seek help.

    Please don’t have any guilt feelings and don’t suppress your emotions. Anger, denial, and guilt are some of the stages of bereavement until we finally come to acceptance. Just know that Wink made a difference in many people’s live. Her mission in life was to spread joy through creativity, crochet being one medium. She enabled people all over the world to enjoy this productive hobby.

    Heaven will be brighter with Wink, an angel, teaching other souls to crochet. Yes, we will miss her, but we are thankful that G-d, in His Infinite Wisdom, put Wink on earth with a mission. She has now completed that mission and deserves to rest blissfully for Eternity.

    Condolences to Wink’s family, loved ones, and friends all over the world. Let’s honor her memory by crocheting one of her mandalas. Prayers and hugs to all who mourn Wink.

  563. I am so sorry for your family’s loss. Wink inspired me and she will never be forgotten because of the inspired crochet she created. She will be teaching crochet in heaven and the angels will all have new accessories. XXX

  564. So very sorry to hear this news, what can I say she will be missed.

  565. Wink, you are such an inspiration not only as a crocheter but as a person…I enjoyed our little chats and thank you for brightening up my crochet ….you will be missed so much Wink. Love and hugs x

  566. My heart goes out to Winks family and friends. Her work lasts forever and so does she. Depression is a horrible condition/disease that effects to many of us. God bless and I pray that they find a cure. RIP Wink sleep well till you meet your loved one xxxx

  567. Oh, I am so so so sorry! RIP Wink…

  568. R.i.p. dear wink. Thank you for your inspiration!

  569. I am so sorry for your loss. I admired her work and her spirit and reading her blog. Prayers for those she left behind and for others who are dealing with depression.

  570. That’s so, so sad. My heart goes out to you at this time. RIP Wink.

  571. I`m so sad to hear that Wink no longer is among us fysically. She was an amazing person <3 Fighting depression and oter illnesses is HARD. I hope you brought enough yarn and hooks, because I know that there are many angels, just like you, who wants to learn how to crochet with you as their teacher. Thinking of your friends and family who have to carry on without you…… I will crochet a mandala, place it in the window and light a candle in honor of you. Lots of hugs from Haderslev, Denmark

  572. So sorry to hear this. I’m forever grateful To Wink for her inspiration with the cal last year. May God give you all the comfort you need to carry through the funeral and to move forward. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted, Matt 5:4.

  573. Sorry for your loss xxx

  574. I am shocked and saddened by these news! She brought so much joy to the world with her creations and her blog, it is a shame the world could not give enough joy back to her. Rest in Peace Wink, I hope you found the peace of mind that you deserve

  575. No words. So sad, so sorry!

  576. I am so very sorry for your loss. I hope that somehow you feel all of the love and hugs that we are sending to you and your family. What a lovely lovely person your sister was, and I hope she lives on in your memories surrounded by love.

    I have had “make a mandala from Wink” on my to do list. And that will be completed immediately. Going to purchase a pattern right now. For Wink.

    My sincerest condolences.

  577. I am so sorry to hear your news. What a sad time. Please know that our thoughts are with you at such a very sad time for you all. Caron x

  578. Thank you, Wink, for your courage and all the beautiful things you shared with us. I’m a better person because of it all. :-)

    My condolences to her family and loved ones.

  579. Wat een droevig nieuws dat Marinke jullie heeft verlaten. Mijn condoleances en heel veel sterkte voor de komende tijd. Ik zal haar blogjes missen, hopelijk zijn haar blogjes voor jullie een mooie herinnering.

  580. Thankyou Tink for your creativity, your sharing nature and for just being you. I hope that wherever you are now you are at peace. There are so many posts on this blog, if only Wink had realised how many precious she was.

  581. So terribly sorry to hear this unbelievably sad news, such a heartbreaking tragedy for all who knew her, and so, so sad that she was in a place where she felt there was no other way out. A great loss too to those that Wink inspired. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends, deepest sympathy to you all

  582. RIP! Will miss you but will keep you alive in our crochet!!!

  583. The crochet world has lost a good friend and mentor. I am so sorry to hear about Wink, and hope that her legacy to our community lives on. Sending love and strength to her family and friends. Thank you Winks, for everything! <3

  584. So sad to hear of this news.. My condolances to family and friends.. And Wink: rest in peace.

  585. Such a sad loss, so sorry to hear this news. Sending love and condolences to your family and all who knew her.

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  587. Wink, you will be missed luv and hugs to all the family.

  588. Although I was not a follower, I am a fellow craft/creator/lover of artful endeavors. This is sad news indeed. I will make it a point to seek out her books and give them a proper shrine amongst the other collection of creatively inspiring books and magazines I crave. Always wanting to learn crochet, I hope her journey and story will give me that push to finally try. I am sorry for the loss of a truly inspired person and pray for healing in the wake of the loss you must feel at this time. Her legacy will remain to bring joy and inspiration to perhaps another generation in time. God’s blessings.

  589. I’m so sorry to hear this sad thoughts are with you all.

  590. May you find the peace that eluded you. Rest in Peace. Prayers for all of the family and friends, I am truly sorry for your loss. ..

  591. Wat een verdrietig bericht … ik ben er stil van … Heel veel sterkte voor jullie allemaal de komende tijd. Nu ga ik zeker mijn scheepjes cal weer oppakken en afmaken!

  592. very sorry about this


  593. Ik ben in schok…en geraakt. Ik heb haar mogen ontmoeten op een haakmiddag en had een tijd lang een reclamebanner.
    Zo’n inspirerende meid, vol ideeen.
    Ik wens jullie alle sterkte in deze verdrietige tijd toe.

  594. wink is now at peace and while only one person remembers her she will live on . i hope you are able to remember the joy she bought into your life and not the sadness god go with you all.

  595. Shocked as I am I’ll say a prayer for Wink and Tinc and all the family who are heartbroken. But watch out: there might be crocheted clouds in the sky soon….

  596. Tinc, thank you for sharing, I can’t even understand how difficult it was to write to all of us. Marinke was my internet friend but I will miss her deeply. We shared a love of color and yarn and talked of going to Vogue Knitting. I will miss her voice, her joy of craft and love of color.I will remember her always.

  597. So sad. My thoughts and love are with you. A hard post for you to write, but thank you for doing so. xxx

  598. Hier zijn geen woorden voor. Heel veel sterkte gewenst in deze moeilijke periode.

  599. So sad to hear this. Wink’s enthusiasm for crochet always shone through. Best wishes to all of you.

  600. I’m so sorry to hear about Wink’s passing. Depression affects everyone in the family. Know that we are all thinking about your family. <3

  601. So sad to read this. I really enjoy making her patterns. I am on the second friendship afghan. Really like this pattern. She was so good at what she did. There is depression in my family also. So know what you are going thru. Will think of her often.

  602. I am so very sorry to hear of this news. Deepest Sympathies to you, Tinc, your family and friends. I adored Wink’s creations, she gave me inspiration in a time of healing of myself. I wanted to purchase some of her patterns. Wishing Wink a peaceful journey. Hoping you and yours find comfort in all who were inspired by her and her artistic abilities. Many blessings~

  603. Rip ,but all my crochet friends across globe start doing yoga it will really help you to come out of depression it’s my humble request. Meditation is another form of rejuviniating.

  604. RIP…. so sorry to hear those news… her creations were amazing… wishing you all strength….

  605. T regent harder dan ik hebben kan….. Veel sterkte met het verlies van een mooi mens, dochter, zus en geliefde.

  606. Oh, this is so awful to hear – such a beautiful, creative, sharing person, too depressed to go on living. I wish her family and all the people who have known her all the strength in the world to deal with this loss. Let us hope her soul is in a happy, peaceful place now.

  607. Bye Wink, Thanks for all your lovely work. I really enjoyed making your beautiful patterns. It was fun visiting your web site from time to time and seeing your sweet face and all the lovely things you created. Rest in peace.

  608. Dear Tinc …..I have only been reading your wonderful sister’s posts for a few months, but such was her character that I feel very upset she has gone. She was a lovely person … heart goes out to you and her close ones. Xx

  609. My heat is broken! I am so sorry to hear about Wink. I tested all the squares for the 2014 CAL and her patterns are so beautiful and creative that many people who have never even acknowledged my crochet wanted “one of those blankets” in their colors. I will make many, many more squares and think of you Wink, with every one I make. Soar in happiness sweet angel, I so enjoyed working with you and will miss you. My thoughts are with her family and the entire crochet community who will her, too.

  610. I am stunned and so sorry to hear this sad and tragic tale, especially in light of what an inspiration that she has been to so many. So much talent that she shared with others, bringing crochet patterns to the crochet world. You will be missed greatly, Marinke :( My heart goes out to your family and friends

  611. I am so sorry to hear the news about Wink. My heart goes out to her family and friends, as I know so well how they must be feeling right now. Seven years ago, after decades of fighting borderline and depression, my sister also took her own life.
    Hopefully Wink has finally found peace now!

  612. I’m so sorry. My heart is broken. I can’t believe this!!Wink you will live in our heart through your creative ideas and items!! Condolances to family .

  613. I am so sad to hear of this terrible news. I met Marinke just last October at the Brei- en Haakdag fair in Zwolle. What a tall lady she was. She told me about the nasty mails she had been receiving during the Scheepjes cal blanket and I felt so sorry for her. To lift her spirits she got some beautiful malabrigo yarn I think it was and was thinking of making a slouchy hat.
    “When a ship sails behind the horizon it is not gone, you just can’t see it anymore”.
    I hope you sailed to a brighter place Wink. My sincere condolences to your family and loved ones.

  614. I am so sorry to hear this news; I love Wink’s blog and her projects, it is such a loss to blogland. But the loss to you and her family is so much greater and I send my deepest condolences. I run a little crochet bagalong group on FB and many of us want to make Wink’s bag as a tribute to her and to raise some money for a mental health charity. Have you a charity that you would like donations to go to? Much love, Kathryn

  615. Shocked and saddened to hear this. I’ve been quietly reading wink’s blog for a while now and have just completed her 2014 CAL. Her creativity was inspirational. She helped me to develop my crochet skills and to embrace both colour and design, the results of which lie around my home. Thank you Wink for all your contributions to the world of crochet, you will be much missed. May you now be at peace.

  616. Oh NO! I’m shocked and so sad. I hope you are at peace dear Wink!

  617. Praying for your family. Loss is SO hard, especially when so sudden and unexpected. The grief is overwhelming. I’m so sorry.

  618. I came here for a pick me up and saw this, wink I hope you find the peace you sort. for her family and friends may you know she now rest with the angels giving them all lessons, may you know she brought a lot of colour in to so many people life’s especially those of us who found her here … hugs to all

  619. I am a crocheter, currently in a daytime mental hospital program for my mental illness. I wholeheartedly understand.

  620. So sorry to hear. Depression is a difficult struggle and always sad to see someone lose the battle :-( Deepest sympathy to you and your family.

  621. Sending prayers of comfort to the family and friends of “Wink”.

  622. Heel veel sterkte gewenst in deze verdrietige en moeilijke tijd. Ik ben er stil van.

  623. The hook and yarn work miracles but there’s some times even a miracle can’t save a body and soul from parting company …rest easy Wink your art and colorful works will continue to inspire …a candle lit for your family and friends

  624. I keep thinking that if I had only said something to her; given my experience with depression and nearness to death and told her she wasn’t alone, she’d still be here. I never had the privilege of meeting or speaking with Wink but she was such an inspiration to me and, clearly, to so many countless others. When I read this post, I felt like all of the air was stolen from my lungs and a sense of despair came over me. I am so very sorry that your family is going through this. I (and I’m sure many others here) know what it is like to deal with the loss of someone this way. There are so many emotions and thoughts and some of them may not seem appropriate to have but I’m here to tell you that they are normal and okay because what happened is NOT normal and NOT okay. Like others have said, I wish she had known what impact she had on us because maybe, just maybe, it would’ve helped her see the light she was looking for. Many prayers for you and your family. With love and many shed tears, Stephanie

  625. Prayer, She will always be with you in every little sight your eyes look upon. Rest in Peace Wink.

  626. Ik wens jullie, familie en vrienden van Wink heel veel troost, steun en liefde.

  627. My heart goes out to you. Her crochet footprint is on my heart until the end of time – thank you Wink ❤️

  628. I am so sorry for the loss of someone who had so much to give and live for. I am sure you will truly miss her and pray that you find comfort in that she has found peace.

  629. I am so very sorry to hear this news. I also lost a sibling to suicide. My prayers are with you and your family.

  630. you will be remembered by all of us.
    Let the family get strength to go through this tragedy.

  631. No tuve el placer de conocerte y sin embargo te entiendo perfectamente…. siento un vacío inmenso dentro de mi, una gran tristeza al pensar en toda esa gente que dejaste detrás tuyo, que ahora sufren por ti, que esas personas bien pudieron ser mi familia o la de cualquier otra que tenga este padecimiento. Las personas hablan de cosas como “no vi las señales” o “pero por qué, si tienen todo para ser felices”. No saben, no entienden… que la felicidad no viene del exterior, sino de tu interior, y si éste está tan dañado, no hay pastillas, terapias, yoga, o hábitos de vida que hagan que esto cambie, solo puedes sobrellevarlo. Buen viaje, hasta siempre Marinke…

    • Hermosas tus palabras Angélica, conocí sus hermosos trabajos pocos días antes que ella decidiera partir y quedé muy impresionada… Eso tan joven tan bonita con tantas ganas de hacer cosas hermosas…. y ademas sabias tus palabras, “la felicidad no viene del exterior”…

  632. May GOD surround his loving arms around the family and give you strength at this time.

  633. What Wink was probably aware of is that there are many other chrocher’s also suffers from depression (myself included) What Wink may not of know is how many life’s she saved by sharing with us and giving us a way to help keep us healthy and happy by sharing her beautiful patterns. RIP Wink your generousity was not in vein.

  634. So sorry to hear about your sister. I have known so many who have passed due to their brain disorder. Your in my prayers! I do a lot of work with NAMI and Grace Alliance trying to educate people about these disorders and I’m always so heartbroken when I hear the illness has taken its tole on someone. Hugs…

  635. I’m sorry for your loss, She will be missed. RIP, God Bless.

  636. Lieve familie,

    Onervaren starte ik met de Cal 2014, weinig haakwevaring. Tig vragen en met geduld werden ze beantwoord .. Geschrokken door dit veel te vroege verlies schrijf ik dit berichtje. Marinke, je hebt me onwijs veel geleerd. Mijn deken blijft een eerbetoon aan jou. Ik wil de familie en haar vriend heel veel sterkte toewensen in deze moeilijke tijd…


  637. Ongelooflijk! Ik heb er geen woorden voor. Heel veel sterkte voor jou en je familie! We zullen aan haar blijven denken!

  638. Lieve lieve Wink, wat heb je het zwaar gehad om tot deze beslissing te komen. Ik begrijp het zo goed dat het leven hier jou de rust niet meer gaf. Ooit heb ik ook zo diep gezeten en weet wat het is. Lieve Tink, wat een mooie woorden wat dapper geschreven! Iedereen die van Wink hield wil ik heel veel sterkte wensen bij het verwerken van deze verdrietige gebeurtenis. Rust in vrede, Wink ❤️

  639. Very sad for your lost.

  640. Rest in peace, dear Wink. Forever grateful for all of the inspiration!

  641. Lo siento mucho. Gracias por tanto Wink.

  642. Hello Tink, I am deeply saddened by your news and my sincerest condolences to you and all your family. I always looked forward to her weekly emails. She was inspirational and last year she inspired me to crochet a mandala which I gave to my painter friend, Malcolm. She had a wonderful sense of colour and was very talented. Her work will live on in her books and I hope lots of people buy Boho crochet and her latest book which is due out, I believe, in August. I will remember you all in my prayers and it was very good and brave of you to write and tell us. I shall never forget Wink.

  643. My heart is heavy… very sorry for your loss. Your sister was a talented artist and will be missed.

  644. Thank you for letting us know. It is so saddening when another person loses the battle against deep depression. My sincere condolences to everyone who loves her. She will be very missed by so very many people. Like many others, I will always remember her and the beauty she shared with the world.

  645. I am very sad to hear that Wink passed away. Depression is a horrible disease.

  646. I am saddened by her passing, deepest sympathies, to her family and boyfriend. No words can help, so may God keep her and you in his arms.

  647. I have never commented here but I frequently checked in over the years. I’m very sad to hear of Wink’s passing, she was a pillar of the international crochet community. I always found her work to be uplifting and inspirational. I love all of her entries in Simply Crochet and always looked forward to them when I saw her in the featured articles section.
    I’m so sorry her family is dealing with this loss and you are all in my thoughts. Thank you Tinc, for sharing this with everyone, it’s so considerate to take time out of your grief to let us all in. My condolences to you, the rest of your family, and Wink’s boyfriend. She truly touched people around the world with her love of creating and her work will live on in others.

  648. Wink’s family and the community she created are in my prayers.

  649. So very sorry to hear this. I also suffer with horrible depression and have tried to end my life twice. Crochet has been a great help to me as well. Wink’s creative energy will go on forever.

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  651. I am very sorry to hear the news. Wink’s creativity has inspired me, her compassion in teaching others, even overseas, has helped me. My prayers go to Wink’s family and friends, to the crochet community she created, and mostly to Wink. I hope that peace is found at last. God bless you all.

  652. My heart goes out to your family. Prayers for you all. May Wink rest in eternal peace.

  653. So many hugs. Just so so so much light and comfort to you and Wink’s family. I am so sad. What a loss to our world. We need more like her. My sincere condolences.

  654. Hello Tink, I am deeply saddened by your news and my sincerest condolences to you and all your family. I too suffer from depression. We are going to miss her, but now she’s resting and at peace. Praying for you and your family.

  655. Oh I am so sorry to hear this sad news.
    I just wanted to let you know that your sister through her blogs brought me through some dark days. It has always given me a thrill to see her e-mail to be in my inbox. Just today, I opened it hoping that everything was now OK with her, only to find this very sad news. I hope that her site is kept open, as I have been working on several of her projects, and would like to continue, as an effort to keep her spirit alive.
    All my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, as you go through this troubled time. Katherine

  656. I am so so sorry that this awful illness got the better of her. My heart goes to Wink, even though she is gone but also to her family, boyfriend and friends. I was so hoping that she would be able to pull through this. Please accept my very sincere condolences…but I believe she is at peace now. My prayers go with you all at home. Stay strong…

  657. Beste tink,
    Ik kende wink alleen van haar blogs en facebook.toen ik op mijn Facebook keek ben ik erg geschrokken zo een knap mooi lief leuk mens…heel veel sterkte en ze zal zeer zeker nooit worden vergeten.ze heeft bij vele mensen wat lis gemaakt.
    r.i.p lieve wink en ik hoop dat je nu je rust hebt gevonden. Knuffels van ann xxx

  658. The world will be a little less colorful without dear Wink! Prayers go out to her family. May she get the peace she couldn’t find here on earth.

  659. May you feel our Father God’s arms surround you with love. May your happiest moments with her help ease your pain. Prayers to all those who were touched by her in one way or another.

  660. Devastated. What a sad, sad loss. Heartfelt hugs and love to all those left behind.

  661. We are deeply saddened by this news. May your wonderful memories of your sister be of great comfort to you.

  662. I couldn’t believe it when I read your blog’s email yesterday. I immediately started thinking about they way she was an inspiration for me and all the things I learned with her blog first and then with last years CAL. She was and will be my favorite designer forever. Yesterday I was in shock and today I came back to search for one of her beautiful mandala’s pattern to make in her honor.

    My sincere condolences and always remember that she was loved by sooo many people and she will live in the things we crochet with her patterns forever.

  663. I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful sister, daughter, girlfriend, friend. I send you love and comfort and the knowledge that there are many of us out here who will gladly help you share this grief, and remember the joy of Marinke’s life.

    blessings and peace.

  664. This is very sad. Im so sorry for your loss and for all those who loved Wink.
    I haven’t known her blog long but I was impressed by her honesty and her willingness to share her great creative gift.
    She has peace now. I pray you will be comforted.
    Best wishes from the UK

  665. I am very saddened by the loss of Wink. I started crocheting a couple years ago and found her beautiful, creative spirit refreshing and inspiring. My family too has suffered from depression and I feel very much for your family and friends.

    Please know that there is a whole world of us out there who loved her and we support you with big warm crochet hugs and blessings. There are so many hearts in memory of her. Her art and spirit will endure, and stitch by stitch, is loved close to our hearts in our homes.

  666. Sinceres condolences to family and friends.

  667. Rest in peace, Wink. Now you know peace and can see the love that surrounds you.

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  669. So sorry to hear this… Wink was so talented and inspiring. I’m sad to know that she was plagued by such a deep depression that she had to end her life. RIP Wink, my thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends. You will be missed in the creative world….

  670. I am incredibly sorry!! My deepest sympathies.

  671. A star at crochet, a star in heaven

    Heel veel sterkte gewenst

  672. I want your family to know how much Wink inspired me! So sorry and so sad to hear the news! I live in New York and am working on an afghan using one of her designs…. It’s beautiful and so was Wink… Depression is a serious illness…. She’s with the Angels

  673. Beste Tinc,
    Wat een vreselijk nieuws. Ik wens jou en je familie veel sterkte.

  674. Prayers to you and your family. I am so sorry. I loved reading her blog. She was so talented and seemed like someone I would have love to meet.

  675. I never met her nor who she was, that is sad on my part. It sounds like she was a strong person and made a difference in lives of many. She will live on, that makes me happy. Rip

  676. I hope you are finally at peace and that from above you get all the warmth we send you.

  677. I’m very sorry for your loss. Maybe she has found peace now. Condolences to the family and all those people who loved her. Tina

  678. Buen viaje Guiño! Gracias por tanto!!!!

  679. May the good memories of her life help her family in that time of sorrow.
    Rest in peace

  680. I am so very sorry about the loss of your sister.

  681. RIP Wink. Condolences to Tinc and Wink’s family and friends.
    She will be missed greatly but through her work she will live on.

  682. Goodbye to a dear soul! My condolences to all that were left behind.

  683. I am terribly sorry. She was so young. May she rest in eternal peace.

  684. She will cease to exist only when she is forgotten. She is alive in the memories of all who loved her and in all her beautiful and creative works of art.

  685. RIP Wink. Such a bright star to so many people through her gift of craft. I am sorry that your family has lost your star here on earth.

    May your family find solace in her peace.

  686. No words can describe the feeling of loosing someone special. …
    No words.. my condolences to you all family and friends. …

  687. Goodbye wink! I pry the rest of your journey is full of love and joy and and all the sunshine you could ever hope for! Love Christopher Elijah

  688. Oh my gosh! I didn’t know her but I would have loved to have met her. My condolences go out to her and her family. I think as a tribute to her this site should remain and continue on. Maybe her sister will learn how to crochet and learn to love it as her sister did. ;)

  689. Hope she is in peace. So sad about this terrible new.

  690. To the darling, darling creative being, Wink, I am so heartbroken to read that you have left this life. I am so sorry that your darkness was so enveloping that you could not see the light anymore. To your family and friends and the devastated crafting community who are left behind, my heart felt condolences. Dear Wink, your light and talent has touched so many lives that you will live on forever. Thank you Wink for your wonderful creations, one of your beanie patterns was the first clothing/accessory item I have ever made, in fact I made two, one for me and one for my daughter, because she liked mine so much. Your blog has been the only personal blog I subscribed too, because of your crocheting brilliance and general loveliness. I had not met you personally, but you were an inspiration and crocheting mentor. With Love Toni, Sydney Australia.

  691. So sorry for your loss. We have also experienced this in our family. May your family find peace and understanding. Your loved one will be deeply missed. RIP WINK!

  692. So very sorry for your loss. she will be missed

  693. RIP to a beautiful soul she will be sadly missed by all love from Australia

  694. I’m so sorry for your loss. Depression is such a cruel, cruel illness. There really is nothing I can say to make it better, but my love and thoughts are with you.

  695. Oh, no. Wink! I am so sorry you hurt so badly! I found joy from your blog and the first mandalas I ever saw was HERE! You showed me color in crochet! I’d never seen such color used in crochet! I was inspired and full of joy at this discovery! My own world had recently gone grey when chronic illness took the last part of my creativity and joy I had left away from me.. My flower gardening. I couldn’t even water them any more! I was sentenced to a bed in a room kept dark. So far it’s been two years. I saw crochet blogs and decided I wanted to try crocheting small things, I had found flowers on another blog. I hoped it would help me live outside these walls.. Crocheting flowers. Then, I saw the COLOR of your Mandalas! Your big smile on your face in the pic on the blog was infectious! I applied the colors to everything I tried to crochet and it helped my mood! I even tried a mandala or 5, but I cant seem to crochet a flat circle. It’s neurocognitive. I always get my petal count wrong with my flowers.. But they’re more forgiving.
    You shared your beautiful crochet vision with us. With me. But, you hurt so badly and I didnt even know. I am so sorry! You brought joy to so many! My heart is broken for you, your family, friends, our crichet community. We will not be the same without you. RIP sweetie. We love you.

  696. I am so sorry for your loss. I understand how hard this can be, as I lost my son in April. Please know that my thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time.

  697. RIP Wink…. I will remember always yours beautiful mandalas!!!!

  698. I’m devastated. Wink, my Sister, we never met, but when last you posted and so courageously shared your recent bout of depression with us, I instantly felt our connection. Your passing brings stinging, hot tears to my eyes. I understand this urge to end it all far too well. You did what you felt was best for all involved, of this I feel sure, despite how it may seem to others. I know a decision like this does not come easily. I’m not saying I am a proponent of suicide. I simply understand it on a personal level and feel so deeply for the pain you suffered that brings you to this place. Oh, Wink, I hope you found your long sought-after Peace. I hope that you finally feel wrapped in the strong and loving arms of God. Much love to you, and yes, we shall meet one day, as your sweet sister wrote.
    Lily Sauvage

  699. Dear Tinc

    My heartfelt condolances to you and your family. May GOD give you the strength to bear this void. Wink was a wonderful soul who brought happiness into lives of others through her work. RIP Wink

  700. So very sorry to hear of Wink. She really was an inspiration and after years of knitting I took the plunge and discovered crochet. It wasn’t easy, but Wink was with me all the way. God bless Wink, rest in peace.

  701. I’m sorry to read this sad message. I got addicted of crochet because her blog. I will always remember her for that. My heart goes out for the ones she leaves behind.

  702. I am deeply saddened by this news. I am just in shock…
    My sincere condolences to her family and close friends. I never even met Marinke, but I will miss her beautiful spirit. She was my ray of sunshine these past couple of years.

  703. Quelqu’un qui m’a fait aimer le crochet, toutes mes condoléances. Adieu Wink

  704. I’m so sorry to hear this sad news
    My thoughts go out to all of you… RIP Wink ❤

    Corianne (a fellow crocheter)

  705. My deepest sympathy to your family and her friends. I have experienced this loss, devastating. That hole in your heart never fills in, the edges become less sharp but it is a huge loss to us all.

    Take good care, and my prayers are rest in eternal peace Wink.

  706. Dear Tinc and family

    I cannot find my own words. So here’s a thought:

    It’s impossible to forget
    someone who gave so much
    to remember her by.

    She will be remembered by so many. Stay strong and know you’re supported by the thoughts of so many people who did know and loved Wink.


  707. So sad. My heart goes out to all her family and friends.

  708. What a great loss. Only yesterday I have saved so many patterns of wink. sorry to hear this. Very sad to hear that she was in dark but she make so many of our lives colorful with her patterns. We will miss u wink. My heartfelt condolences. May your soul rest in peace.

  709. So sorry to hear this news, I am a fan of Wink and all that she has done, she gave me inspiration to pick up a crochet hook again. As a fellow sufferer of depression myself, my heartfelt sympathies go out to all her family and friends. I will certainly miss you Wink R.I.P. xx

  710. My heart aches for Wink’s family. I have followed and loved her work for some time now. She will be dearly missed by all of us in the crochet world, and I’m certain missed even more by her family.

  711. Hoping that Wink’s family and friends find peace and comfort in the knowledge that she was so loved by her followers. Her light will shine on forever in the happiness that she gave to others with her inspiration, art, and creativity. RIP, Wink, though I did not know you, I felt a bond with you through your blog. Thank you. Fly with the Angels. xxoo

  712. I am so sorry to hear about Wink. I never had the fortune to meet her, but she inspired me with her crochet designs. They were always so colorful & beautiful. It is sad to hear that the depression had the last say in her life, but hopefully she is smiling down on everyone hook in hand. I understood her struggle as my family deals with the same evil.

    I like the idea of creating a mandala in remembrance of her. I have two baby blankets I am working on, one without a pattern so far. I think I’ll take her butterfly peacock mandala & make a lovely motif blanket from that in memory of Wink.

  713. Hi Tinc, I am so sorry for the loss of your wonderful sister. I only just found her blog not too long ago but it looks like she was such an inspiration to so many people. I was really looking forward to reading her blog from what all I had seen. I am so sorry such a wonderful person has to have had demons like she did. I know she will find peace where she is now. I will be praying for you and your family.

  714. Hi Tinc,

    It has to be hard to write a post like this, I can read the love through the rules.
    We (my husband & me) just discovered Wink and her colorful creations, we found them very inspiring and full of happiness. hope she has found peace in heaven. She’ll sure color it up with her colorful creations.

    Our sincerest condoleances for you, your family & her boyfriend.

    Maurice & Corina

  715. To Winks Family and Friends,
    So sad the world has loss such a creative soul, peace be with you all. I would like to think of the colour Wink has added to our lives and the smiles that have and will continue to be generated through her creative energy. I have donated £50 to the Samaritans uk in Winks name, and will make a Wink blanket for the local counselling drop in room.
    Blessings and peace

  716. I’m so sorry for your loss. A big hug for you and your family. Wink was a talented artist and will be missed. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

  717. Wat naar voor jullie allemaal. Heel veel sterkte.

  718. Ik vind het jammmer om te horen dat Wink is niet meer bij ons, Gecondoleerd!

  719. So very, very sad. I my heart goes out to all of the family. R.I.P Wink x

  720. Devastated to hear this terribly sad news!!! Wink will be greatly missed!
    My deepest sympathy for your loss ….so sad!!!

    Our loss heaven’s gain R.I.P Wink!

  721. Your sister, daughter, girlfriend was such an inspiration. So sad to hear that she is no longer around. My deepest sympathy for your loss.

  722. I am so sorry for your loss. i’m only new to the blog but the warmth i felt across the miles was just lovely. depression is an awful problem. i just pray for all those left behind xxx

  723. My very deepest condolences to your family. I loved Wink’s work and blog. As someone who battles depression, I understand how low the worst can be. I’m so sorry.

  724. Lieve Marinke, kan het nog steeds niet geloven. Maar ik zal wel moeten. De laatste keer dat we elkaar zagen was in februari bij Nicole. Je moest heel snel nog wat nieuwe patroontjes maken. Het was heerlijk om jou te zien haken. Ik hoop dat je nu rust hebt.. Steven, Tinc en familie heel veel sterkte. Liefs..

  725. Sorry to hear. Depression is a heavy load to bear and a tough road to go.

  726. My condolences to your family. Tinc, I hope you continue to crochet and when you do do it with a smile, remembering a sister you love. Rest well, Wink. Some of the color has gone out of my world.

  727. I only met Wink twice (she stayed with us when traveling to Unravel as she is friends with my wife) – she seemed to be a genuine, creative lovely human being. I am profoundly saddened by these events but feel very lucky to have met her and wish her family my deepest condolences. You all must be extremely proud of her.

  728. I was so very sorry to read this news today. Wink touched so many people throughout the world with her blog and she will be truly missed. But she will always be with us in her words, and in the things we have crocheted following in her creative steps.
    My very deepest condolences to you all. It is a very sad time. x

  729. My deepest condolences, Wink was such a colourful person, I hope that you and your family can find some peace at this difficult time x

  730. OMG! I am really sorry to hear that. Sincere condolences to family and friends.

  731. Crochet has been my companion, sometimes my lifeline for reasons similar to Winks although I must be close to double her age. I am very saddened to hear the news.
    My heart, thoughts and prayers go to you and the rest of Winks family.
    She will live on in our hearts, minds and through her work.
    ~ ♥ ~

  732. Dear Tinc and Family,
    Thank you for letting us know about Wink,,,so very very sorry for your loss..I too have only just found her friendship thru the internet..and am deeply sadden that i never got to know her as well as others have..I’m sure it is my loss as i can see she was loved and admired by many around the world..May she now know a peace that she wasnt able to find here on earth… and my condolences to her family.

    Darlene in Bonaire Ga..USA

  733. I am so very, very sorry for the passing of your dear sister. Blessings to all the family and friends to get through this very difficult time.

  734. Tinc, I am very sorry for your loss. Know that your sister loved you very much and knows everything you do in her honor. She is so proud of you! She hears everything you say and is sorry you are hurting. Know that you were her strength and spirit. Stay strong

  735. I’m saddened the creative world of crochet lost such a wonderful creative being like Marinke. She is and always will be an inspiration because you decided that her blog stays open! I wish you and all the loved ones strength! I’ll remember her as a brave spirit! And I hope you all can work through your loss and live your life the way your sister would want you to!

  736. Very sad news. Prayers for Wink and her family.

  737. So very sorry to hear this. follow I didn’t Wink regularly but when I did see her work pictured her as happy, inspired and fulfilled. Mental illness strikes indiscriminately. Condolences to all those close to her.

  738. Depression is terrible…both for the person suffering and for their families who feel so helpless. Rest in peace, Wink. Sincere condolences to her family and friends.

  739. Such a talent, such a loss… Dear Wink, I hope that you have found what you where looking for… Peace… My sincere condolences to your family and friends. The crochet community will miss you…

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  741. A beautiful soul, rest in peace Wink, love to all of your family and those who knew you here. Such an inspiration to us all.
    “A true friend reaches for your hand and touches your heart”

    André x

  742. Oh dear ! toutes mes condoléances … je n’y crois pas !!!! Bon courage à tous ! Amitiés !

  743. I am so sorry, have just heard the sad news and wish to pass on my sincere condolences to all her family and friends. I hope you can find comfort in knowing that her beautiful creativeness will live on and continue to inspire the creativity in others. As someone who is currently dealing with depression myself, I can only be thankful that I have not suffered the darkness that Wink must have been in, and know that I will eventually return to a better place. Depression is such a misunderstood illness – please help and pray for anyone you know who is suffering at the moment. Wink – I hope you can now rest is peace. x

  744. I couldn’t comment straightaway. There were no words. There still aren’t. There’s a huge hole in the blogoshere, the crochet world and the creative universe now. Rest in peace Wink xxx

  745. Sterkte met het verwerken van dit grote verlies… Niet te bevatten…

  746. Little sister, I am so very sorry for your loss. Praying comfort for your family. Please know she impacted my life here in Virginia USA. I regained my love of crochet and appreciation of beautiful things in this world. Her smile will always stay with me.

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  748. I am speechless. I send all my love and prayers to your family at this very sad time. I only knew of Wink for a short time but I thought she was a beautiful soul filled to the brim with talent. Her loss will be felt for a long time but hopefully now she has peace in heaven with the angels.

  749. So sorry for your loss. RIP dear one. I loss my sister in 1989 due to her depression, I still think of her everyday. Such a terrible loss for everyone.

  750. I find this so hard to believe. I hope she is now happy in the Summer Lands. Love and Blessings to all her family

  751. Wink, you will be missed. You’ve improved so many lives of those you never knew. Thank you for giving of yourself here. Rest peacefully. To Wink’s family: So very sorry for your loss.

  752. I want to give her respects in person .where is the cemetery.

  753. I’m so sad. My condolences to your whole family.

  754. I have severe depression and have spent time planning my own suicide but fortunately my father noticed and dragged me back from the brink. He saw his father take his own life so he knew the signs. I’m so sorry that she has lost her life to this evil sickness. I have periodically referenced her blog and am looking forward to using it in the future. I’ll also be purchasing her book. My thoughts are with you all at this difficult time.

  755. what a sad news, a lady who makes such beautiful crochet, my I hope she find peace now, love and a big hug to all her family

  756. My heart is so broken for you all! I just recently found this wonderful blog and was just starting to get to know Wink.
    She will be so missed!
    I’m so very sorry

  757. I am so sorry for the loss of beautiful Wink. She made the world a better place.

  758. My heartfelt condolences to your family.
    Such a legacy Wink has left behind, her books as well as the inspiration on this site.
    Anita T., Atlanta, Georgia, USA

  759. Heartbreaking. Her work and blog gave inspiratie and blessure. And support for others with difficilties. So sad that crochet could not help her in het darkest moment.
    My deepest condoleances for the whole family.


  760. I am so sorry to hear that she and her light have left this world. It saddens me deeply. My condolences to the entire family, thank you for the link to the memory site I lit a candle for her. I will always remember her colors. Have the Boho book and pre-ordered the 2nd before this happened looking forward to it more now than ever.

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  763. So very sorry to hear this. Will be thinking of her whenever I use my own Sheepjes CAL blanket.

  764. Thank you for your bravery in writing this, Tinc, and sharing some memories of your awesome sister. I have one of her mandalas on my wall, and will treasure it. I hope the knowledge that so many people all around the world share a tiny measure of your sadness will bring a little comfort to you, your family, and Wink’s boyfriend.

  765. May our memories of Wink be enough to carry us thru until we are all together again in the yarn shop to beat them all !~! Thank you for writing this wonderful obituary.

  766. Rest in Peace. You were so very talented and thank you for sharing your life with all of us.

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  768. I am deeply saddened at the loss of Wink! My heartfelt condolences to the family members. Till in heaven we meet again!

  769. I would love to purchase one of her Raverly patterns but wanted to check to see if the funds were accessible to the family

  770. How sad I am to hear this news (I just heard of it). I had become a fan, not too long ago, and found Wink to be not only creative, but very charming. I will miss her and am sending you and her family my deepest of sympathies and condolences.

  771. I “found” Wink just a few days before she left us. I was having a bad day. When I saw her designs and colors, I smiled. The world has lost a precious soul. My deepest condolences to all of Wink’s family and loved ones.

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  773. Just wanted to say how very sorry I am for you and your family. I had a cousin who took his life and it is such a tragedy. Sending hugs and love to you all. I hope you have support all around you. xoRobin

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  776. My condolences to Winks family, friends and fans, I’m deeply sorry for her loss, may she rest in peace now:(

  777. Breaks my hart condolences to wink family en friend, she made the world a beter place.
    Thanks Wink for all.

  778. She truly was “a creative being” and one of a kind. Hope she’s finally at peace. Sincere condolences to your whole family.

  779. So very sorry for your loss. Wink and such talent. She will be missed. May you find strength in your faith.

  780. I’ve been meaning to write to you for days, but how can I find the words to express how I feel for you and your family? It is so unfair when a young person dies, there are no ways to describe the sorrow of those left behind. I lost my brother 3,5 years ago and I know how it still hurts, so I can imagine how you feel. All I can tell you is what you already know: that you were blessed with a talented sister and your parents with a talented daughter, very much appreciated in our knitters’ and crocheters’ communnity and a source of inspiration to all of us. I will dedicate my next project to her memory, since it is totally inspired by Marinke’s work: the yarn I’ll use is hand-dyed by one of her Instagram buddies, Treliz, it is called Mandala and Mandala Blessings is the name of the pattern. Each and every mandala of this scarf will be a prayer for you to be strong and happy and for Marinke to be peaceful and content up there! A big hug to you and your family and yes, we will all meet up there some day!!!

  781. Dear Tinc, family and friends, I’m very sorry for your loss. Hope you’ll find the strenght trough your fait to cope with this loss. With the Scheepjes CAL 2014, Wink has learned me how to crochet, and now I’m adicted to it.

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  783. I am so terribly sorry for you loss. May Wink be relieved of her pain.

  784. RIP precious

  785. Do to illness I just heard the devastatin news. RIP Wink, To Winks family I am so sorry for your loss <3

  786. Tine, I just dropped by and saw the sad news. I lost two brothers to suicide; one a long time battle with depression, the other, nearly ten years earlier, had a short bout of it. I know how hard it is for everyone involved. But, like you, I believe this is not the end and there is a great deal of promise in that. All the best to you and your family and to Wink’s friends. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

  787. I found and fell in love with you and was inspired by your blog. My prayers are with your family! I Know your making crochet projects in heaven. So sorry!

  788. RIP sweet Marinke (Wink), my condolences go out to your family and boyfriend. I am so sorry you couldn’t find the light when you were alive. I pray you have found the light now. Know you will be missed by so many of us. May God hold you in the palm of his hand and give you peace. ♡♡♡♡♡ Your family is in my prayers

  789. RIP I’m sure up in heaven teaching all the angels to crochet

  790. Sorry so for your lose and ours, my sister also took her own life 4 years ago this month. She and Wink are at peace now, no more darkness. RIP

  791. I am so sorry for your loss, my son’s fiance also ended her own life, I know through watching him how devastating a loss it is. i am sorry to say I did not find Wink’s blog and patterns while she was alive. I want to thank her and to express my admiration for her talent and incredible creativity. I am already shopping for yarn to make several of her creations…her color choices are amazing! My prayers go out to you and your family.

  792. I have already commented once, but I just wanted to say that I just now saw Wink’s video about what she called the “weird way she crochets”. I crochet the same way and that’s what people say about it to me. It’s just the way I have always held my hook and yarn. Wish I could have talked with her about it.

  793. Surfing the net looking for some inspiration I stumbled into this blog. It’s so sad to read the latest post. Hard to believe someone so creative and making such colourfull things can fall in such a deep depression. My sincere condoleances to the entire famliy, I wish you all a lot of strenght.
    dear Marinke, wherever you may be now, I hope you have found the peace you were looking for, thank you for such a nice blog, full of wonderful creations

  794. I don’t have words ….. I just read latest post. I am truly heartbroken, We yarn people have a connection without ever meeting. Wink has inspired me in many ways! I will miss all the posts, and the wonderful soul behind it all. Blessings to you and your family. I am so heavyhearted.

  795. I just read your post about the loss of Wink. I have dealt with depression my whole life, so has my entire family. I lost my mother to suicide. There are no words that can help, but I am so sorry that you have lost such a colorful, creative soul who wanted to help others. I am sorry she was so sad. It is just so hard to get through each day sometimes. I hope she is at peace and lighthearted at last. Peace and best wishes for you and all her friends and family.

  796. Darling Wink, miss you so much! :'(

  797. I recently discovered Wink’s Blog and completed a mandala today, thinking of her throughout. At each end of round, practicing her amazing faux stitch I would say, “Thank you, Wink.” My mother took her life four years ago. She was relieved of her pain but it was passed on to us. I wish all the best to Wink’s family as they sort through all the feelings.

  798. I just found wink’s vlog. So fascinating and inspiring. She gave so much and inspired and entertained many. I am so sad for all who were touched by her, especially her family who no doubt is grieving tremendously.
    I too have depression, but can not fathom Wink’s deep and painful Wink lived with. RIP

  799. Stopping by to honor you. Honor your memory. Honor the amazing beautiful inspiration that you are. Though you’re not here with us anymore, your love, passion and indelible talent will be felt for generations. Thank you, Marinke. Be with the stars, fly free.

  800. Missing you Marinke.

  801. Merci beaucoup pour tous ces jolis patrons .

  802. I wandered onto this blog yesterday, totally by accident, via a Pinterest ink. When I removed the link line to view the blog from the beginning, I saw this post.

    I didn’t know Wink. I had never been to her blog before yesterday. However, reading your post hit me pretty hard.

    I’m so sorry for the loss that you and your entire family is feeling.

  803. I am so sorry for the tremendous loss to your family and friends. My heart goes out to you, even though Ive never met you. May you eventually find peace, love, and joy in Wink’s memory rather than the sadness you are feeling now.

  804. I like and will crochet your creations though you ‘re gone.I’ve not met you but respected you all the way.thank you Wink for the inspirations.

  805. RIP for being such source of ideas, motivation and creativity.

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  808. I’m so sorry for your loss. You will indeed, meet again in Heaven.

  809. Yesterday I was stunned to learn about Marinke’s passing in the autumn issue of a crochet magazine. My profound condolences to all who knew and loved her. The loss of such a wonderful young woman has affected me more than I could have expected, because my only contact with Wink was through her blog and wonderful mandala patterns.

    I have long had an immense attraction to mandalas of every kind, but as I also crochet, I was beyond elated to encounter Wink’s unique creations over the past couple of years, which have inspired in me a strong desire to combine my two interests. There was a moment when I asked myself, “Why did I never think of doing this before?” Then big life changes and a couple of major moves put my crochet projects on hold. Now that I am about to move into a new home, I shall render Wink’s mandala patterns into harmonious wall décor and feel gratitude to her with every stitch I make; her mandalas satisfy some longing in me that I can’t explain in a few words.

    I feel a special alliance with Wink and her art, but my story has a happier ending. From a very young age I too struggled with clinical depression, mostly in silence and mostly alone. There were multiple causes. There were dark, dark times when I thought about not being here. By my mid-50s, however, I realized that I had survived plenty, had accomplished a fair bit despite great obstacles, as well as had some amazing life experiences, so I determined to focus on being grateful for what I had and absolutely not let depression beat me. What worse thing could happen to me that I couldn’t get through, I told myself. Finally there were more good days than bad, but there was still that shadow lurking in the background. Then in my 60s, a chance encounter with a medical specialist who put me through a lot of tests revealed that a significant component of my lingering mid-life depression was an undiagnosed physical problem. As soon as that was addressed, I began to feel better.

    Several years on, I can attest that although my life is still not an easy one, and in addition there are physical problems associated with age, I have absolutely beat depression. Today I am happy to be alive. I am transitioning from a mere survivor to a person who looks forward to fulfilling my life’s purpose and completing some significant work in the years that remain. In addition, a principal leisure interest is to improve the crochet skills that I acquired late. Wink’s clear explanations have helped, and I trust that both her writing and example will continue to inspire many other people to appreciate the beauty and therapeutic value of crochet.

  810. I leave a deep condolence to the family. It’s hurt very much a so young person take her own life.

  811. I am so sorry to hear of Winks death. May she rest in peace. Amen I loved all her colourful projects.

  812. Without words when I know this sad news …. what a pity largest within my heart !!! and a few days ago I finished a doily thinking about Wink ….. I have no words to fill the sadness of their loved ones … only hope that wherever she is she was in peace and can see all tributes made to him …. my condolences to his family and friends … my lovely Wink … thanks for sharing such beauty with us … many thanks for all your time and all your words ….

  813. She was one of my most beautiful crochet inspiration. I’ve have no words… Deep condolances to her family !!