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Mom turns to gigantic knitting to overcome her anxiety and depression
Her creations are spectacular and have been seen around the globe.
Maxim Sorokopud
05.13.21

Many mothers experience post-partum depression. Jacqui Fink managed to overcome hers in a unique way.

When Jacqui Fink had her first baby, she felt a persistent feeling of depression.

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She tried to overcome these emotions in conventional ways. At first, she went to a therapist.

But Jacqui knew that she had to find a way to express herself to truly get over her depression.

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She had studied and practiced law and become a stay-at-home mother. But she needed to do something that would fulfill her.

Jacqui was also living with the knowledge that her mother may not be around for much longer.

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She had been diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. The only hope of her survival was if she were to get a lung transplant.

Amazingly, at the 11th hour, they found a donor for Jacqui’s mom.

She underwent transplant surgery. Luckily, it was a success. But the recovery process was still harrowing for everyone.

That was when Jacqui got her inspiration.

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Jacqui told Good Morning America:

“All I heard was this big, loud voice that said to me, ‘You have to knit, and it needs to be big.'”

When Jacqui was a child, her mother had taught her how to knit.

But she had abandoned this hobby long ago. But all of a sudden, she felt the urge to get back into this activity and relive some of the happiest days of her life.

So Jacqui embarked on her first gigantic knitting art project!

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Jacqui’s father was keen to help out. He gladly provided her with huge knitting needles that he made from PVC piping.

It wasn’t easy for Jacqui to complete her first project.

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She hadn’t knitted in many years. Luckily, Jacqui’s mother’s recovery went well, and soon she was able to help her daughter out.

Over the course of a year, Jacqui improved her technique. Eventually, she was knitting humungous creations that she was incredibly proud of.

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And then Jacqui felt ready to monetize this hobby. She began selling her artwork.

From the start, Jacqui had used high-end, eco-friendly material, meaning that she was selling her art for high sums. This made initial sales hard to come by, but Jacqui knew that there was an audience for them.

But as the months passed, the art started to sell.

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And she became noticed in the art world for her creations. Soon, her knitting creations were being sent to galleries across the globe.

Jacqui decided to give workshops and classes in gigantic knitting.

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After all, if others get inspired, and others are able to find happiness through knitting, then that can only be a good thing!

“Any crafter will tell you that knitting, crochet, embroidery is always an excellent pathway to some pretty deep, introspective work.” – Jacqui talking to GMA.

Jacqui’s story then appeared on YouTube, where it soon went viral.

In under a week, it has gained over 400,000 views. It also has more than 3,300 likes and 250 comments. People have been saying things like this:

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Watch Jacqui’s story below, and perhaps it’ll inspire you to start your own world-renowned art projects!

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By Maxim Sorokopud
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Maxim Sorokopud is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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