Today I had another post scheduled. I was going to share the tutorial for the Colour Block Baby Blanket I knitted, but today is not the day for that. Today instead I’ll be wearing flowers in my hair for Wink.
Today a family is laying their beautiful daughter to rest. Their daughter who inspired thousands, no – hundreds of thousands of people all over the world. Their daughter who loved colour and lived music.
Wink was one of the first crochet bloggers that I found when I first started out, and I was even more excited to discover that she lived close by (well, kind of). I felt connected. Like we were bound to be besties. Just because we both crocheted, and lived within 100km of one another (I know, lunacy right?).
I was terribly nervous when I met her for the first time, expecting her to be aloof, too cool for me. Instead I discovered a girl who was warm, who’s smile and presence made a space come alive. I expected to not know what to say to her as I was so dazzled, but I needn’t have worried. Being with Wink was easy. I felt we had known each other forever. That we really could have become besties. I think anyone who met Wink would have felt like that.
But then she slipped away. I was busy up to my armpits in my own life dramas and hadn’t realised she wasn’t really present any more. Then when she couldn’t make our recent blogger weekend I knew something was seriously wrong. But still life got in my way. Everyday I thought: I must reach out. I must remind her how amazing she is. But I didn’t.
And suddenly she was gone.
Today a family lays their beautiful daughter to rest. I’ll be wearing flowers in my hair for Wink.
A fun selfie taken at an event last year. That pic won Wink a rubbish bin, isn’t that hilarious? I can still see her bemused face on stage receiving her “award”, wondering how to get it home on the train…
If you want to wear flowers in your hair for Wink today, here is a tutorial she created recently: http://crafts.tutsplus.com/tutorials/how-to-make-a-crochet-flower–cms-20976
Wink’s family have set up a beautiful memorial site where you can leave messages, post photos, share your love. There are other social media events ongoing as well, via #mandalasforwink, #mandalasformarinke and #wearingflowersinmyhairforwink.