Ten thousands of blankets in honour of one woman.
All over the world fans are crocheting in honour of a blogger that passed away.
Ten thousands of people from all over the world are crocheting the same blanket in honour of Marinke Slump.
That crocheting is not only for old ladies was proven by the Dutch Marinke Slump.
She was young, hip and always happy.. so it seemed. While she was breaking trough in the world of crochet, she had to deal with a severe depression. “Crochet saved my life” se said once about crocheting.
It was her lust and life. But in the end it wasn’t enough. Last summer she didn’t had the energy anymore and left this life. She was only 31 years old. At that moment she was busy with a new design for the brand Scheepjes. It was called a Crochet a long (CAL). In a Cal all the participans get a new pattern every week included with instruction videos to make small parts of a blanket. The end result stays a surprise till the end.
“The blanket stands symbolic for Hope, going on when life gives you lemons”.
“We didn’t want the design to go lost”. Annelies Baes decided together with 11 other bloggers to continue the work of Marinke. The ladies all met at the woolfabric of Scheepjes, who was also in contact with the family of Marinke.
“Our intention was to make a integrity tribute because Marinke was such a nice person herself. She was technically very strong and always helped others when they got stuck”. So we wanted to finish her design the way she wanted to.
Every designer did a diffrent part of the blanket. 12 diffrent squares, according to the colours Marinke had chosen that goes with the theme: Last dance on the beach. 12 patterns in 12 weeks to make a blanket with a total of 48 squares.
That this blanket was going to be this big of a succes we could have never imagined. In Belgium and the Netherlands there are over 20.000 participants in the Facebook group of the Cal. In the international facebook group are another 15.000. People are crocheting in Canada, Tjechië, you name it. The packs of wool that Scheepjes made to make this cal are mostly sold out- and that while the project is running for only 3 weeks.
“Ofcourse crocheting has grown the last couple of years, but this project is so popular because of the story that goes along with this cal. It is so sensitive” says Job de Bondt from Scheepjes. “People are finding comfort in it. Buying a pack also contributes a small payment to MIND, a charity for physical health issues.
Crocheting as a therapy
A lot of people also got their own story why they participate with this cal.
There a some who are experiencing the same difficulties with their depression, or have dealt with someone they knew who commited suicide. For all of those its often a form of therapy when having a hard time. Crocheting makes them focus on something else then their personal issues.
Thanks for reading. Spread the word of this amazing woman! :)