Lynda M Otvos
SF Bay Area
Health care provider in the SF Bay Area loving crochet and fabric art.
the Law of Unintended Consequences scores one for the hard-working. This is rich and balladeers will sing of it for years to come.
3 months, 1 week ago on Denver Rental Cars Turning Into Pot Dumping Grounds
My lifestyle had been determined by my pain levels on a given day. Those levels were unpredictable and incapacitating to the point where I really had no life that could be counted on. I was not able to work a regular job due to the unpredictable nature of my chronic pain. The CBDs in medical cannabis have given me control, immediate and titratable, of my pain levels and how I wish to subvert them without compromising the rest of my senses. I work a small and flexible schedule that allows for sudden-onset pain days that require me to rest. It's not the 14-hour days I was used to working but that's undoubtedly better.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on 5 Ways Cannabis Succeeds Where Alcohol Fails
I agree wholeheartedly with all you have said here. The first time I tried liquor I was so so so sick, but did that stop me ?~! No--I drank for another eight years-got sick every time and still it took years for me to quit alcohol. Maureen is no spokesperson for the medical cannabis industry anymore than I can speak to liquor intelligently.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Dowd and Out In Colorado: Maureen’s Bad Dream
Nice way to end an evening. I interact with all kinds of people too and often, mostly, I am enriched by the interchange.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Aesliip Strain Stories: Big Wreck in Downtown Seattle
You rock, girlfriend, and I enjoy you on a few of these platforms. Thanks for all you contribute to the fiber arts. I crochet, weave, sew, quilt, and play with yarn as often as I can making little goofy things. You inspire my creativity.
7 months ago on I Share Crochet Around the Web
The shrug intrigues me-I look forward to seeing what you do with it to finish it off. Thanks for sharing on Sundays here; I don't have time to do IG as well.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Crochet Instagrammed
Truly exciting to watch a project come alive under the hands of a talented artist. Thanks for sharing where that yarn donation effort went; I had wondered how he was doing. I love what he's got going on, don't you ?~!
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Nathan Vincent’s 7 Below Residency Art Work
Thanks for sharing those lovely images of runway crochet. I like how that rhymes !~!
8 months, 1 week ago on New Crochet on the Runway from John Rocha (Autumn/Winter 2014 Fashion Week)
Wow, that's some amazing yarn love, isn't it ?~! Thanks for sharing her work.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Revisiting the Beautiful Crochet of Sophie Digard
Cutest interpretations of pigeons I have ever seen. It's amazing to me what can be done with hooks and string !~!
9 months ago on Let’s Explore a World of Crochet Pigeons
One of your best posts so far this year. Excellent pile of links-I've been gone linkers for the last three-quarters of an hour without realizing !~! That's the best time spent.
These water bottle covers use up bits of yarn and keep the bottles from condensing onto my desk. These are made holding three strands, making a 24 stitch circle and then crocheting UP for fourteen rows to make a cover that fits a square Fiji half liter bottle perfectly. I used a G hook I think-maybe a bit bigger to hold three strands. They throw into the washer and dryer and are coveted by my house guests who try to take one home when I'm not looking !~!
9 months ago on Best Crochet Patterns, Ideas and News (Link Love)
"Be good for goodness sake" plays hugely in my life. I live from the goodness of my heart and I try to live each day so that if I died tonight we would know I had done the best I could that particular day. I love that sentiment in crochet. Thank you for sharing this gentleman with us.
9 months ago on New Work from Crochet Artist Nathan Vincent
I wanna go, I wanna go, I really really really wanna go... (I can sing that to a great little tune !~!) What a great time will be had by all who attend. Best to you.
9 months, 1 week ago on Marrakech Crochet Vacations 2014
Love all these great upcycle ideas. I have a tie-dyed arm of sweater as bag holder in bath, another as cup holders. Your idea-collation is superb !~!
9 months, 1 week ago on 20 Wonderful Tutorials for Unique Upcycled Sweater Crafts
My oh my who could ask for anything more ?~! You have hit the proverbial homerun with this wrap up post. There must be forty items here I want to crochet for myself and others. Here's to you and another year of your superb blogging and sharing and teaching interviewing and spreading the word that crochet HEALS and brings us together.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on 2013 in Crochet: Crochet Patterns
Superb idea, excellent execution. I love it. Purple and black are two of my favorite colors to wear.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on My Crochet: Small Scarf Becomes Big Cowl
Organization is an ongoing project-I live in the East Bay with husband in 542 sq ft and another 120 for a studio/workspace/tools and storage in the back. Creativity is the key. Using whatever containers come free, and they do regularly, I shift and change where the supplies live and how they are stowed as the projects finish and new ones begin, becoming WIPs in their own right. I love the constant ebb and flow-I grew up in tidal zones and cannot release awareness of the moon cycles. You have thrown us some helpful ideas in this article; thanks.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on 5 Ways to Use a Color Label Printer to Organize Your Crochet Stash
The blog MemeRose is locked and open only to invited readers. That's unfortunate, I was looking forward to reading and seeing that use of color. I'd love an invite. I have a blog at LyndaLand.blogspot.com if MemeRose wants to see who I am before deciding about an invite...
11 months ago on 2013 Awesome Crochet Blog Awards: Best CAL
Sinitta's top is quality work, executed well and looks great on her. I love it.
The mermaid dress just blows my sox off-stupendous.
11 months ago on 10 Beautiful Celebrities Wearing Crochet
Crochet has allowed me to create and gift items of my own making and feel the relaxation that comes with hooking a yarn object. I use crochet to soothe and comfort me in stressful times, just like you did and, you know, we are not alone....
11 months ago on Happy Thanksgiving: Why I’m Thankful for Crochet
a big granny square fan, I surely enjoyed this post. Many thanks.
11 months, 1 week ago on 10 Bold Examples of Crochet Blocks and Squares
Thanks so much for this round up of cool hats. Love hats, wear them alla time.
11 months, 1 week ago on 10 Beautiful Crochet Hats, a Pinterest Selection
Lovely, i especially like the granny stitch ones as they are within my capabilities to replicate. Thanks for sharing these beauties.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on 10 Gorgeous Crochet Shawls for Inspiration
Thank you for these photos. I most enjoyed picking out who were the Real crafters from the ones holding the needles. I love pictorials like this one, here's to a few more... perhaps.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on 10 Lovely Images of Needleworkers in Action
love your blog. you show the best pictures of all things yarn.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on 10 Beautiful Photos of Yarn, a Pinterest Selection
This quilt represents a lot of love, work, patience, color sense and dedication. I love it and think you have done an amazing job.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on crochet quilt
thanks for those great links, you surely do have a great thing going here.
11 months, 3 weeks ago on 10 Must-Read Crochet Articles
Very cute and informative post. I love kitties and so to see them being taken care of so kindly is really a nice way to start the day.
11 months, 3 weeks ago on 10 Recent Crochet News Items Worth a Look
Looks like a fun way to divide them up. Monochromatics have always appealed to me too.
11 months, 3 weeks ago on 6 Crochet Pinterest Boards Curated by Color
Interesting collection of diverse bags executed with charm and style.
12 months ago on 10 Beautiful Crochet Purses and Bags
Love the hat to pieces; the ribbon is perfect !~!
1 year ago on Celebrity Crochet: Audrey Tautou in Crochet Hat
cute skirts. Altho I am not a skirt wearer I love the way they look. These are very inventive and unique looking.
1 year ago on Sister by Sibling Spring 2014 Crochet
Good things come to those who wait, I've heard. Take your time and make it the best it can be. We'll buy it when it hits the stands.
1 year ago on Hook to Heal Update
I do call myself an artist, altho it took me until I am in my fifties to say it out loud and put it on a business card. I mean it and there are concrete, well fabric and yarn mostly, examples of it all over my world: my home, daughters' homes, friends' places, in my car, and most of the pictures taken around here have some of my stuff 'photo-bombing' somewhere in the frame. "Artist" lives in all of us, we have to allow her/him to surface and be honored; for some that may never happen, for others it could take decades, and still others, from the start, just know deep in their souls that they are who they are and the world can be damned. Those are some of my favorite people ever.
1 year ago on Craft IS Art
Excellent post-as a chronic pain patient I know what she goes thru-and a great way to remind others that crochet can be beneficial to others at the same time that it's helping us !~!
1 year ago on Crocheting Through Injury-Related Chronic Pain (Vicki’s Story)
Love love love the prosthetic breast-women are so dang resourceful; I love what you have displayed by creating that breast: imagination, resourcefulness, empathy, courage, inventiveness, avant garde design, a sense of rightness for your beloved daughter. I am your biggest (online) fan, I admire you so much.
1 year ago on Update on Linda’s Life Saving Crochet
I voted for you- I was # 33. that was kinda cool. I love the blog and the links you provide us with. Thanks for your generosity.
1 year, 1 month ago on Link Love: This Week in Crochet Blogging and News
Continuing to be amazed and so pleased that the benefits of crochet, et al. are coming to the fore in the media and helping to refocus energy into positive directions. Thanks so much for this post. You have given me valuable information and hope.
1 year, 2 months ago on Snyder County Prison Crochet Program Succeeds
very organic and original looking. I really like the style.
1 year, 5 months ago on Inspiration: Crochet Jewelry by OkapiKnits
Hat and vest appeal to me. I like that crochet is getting some air time, as it were.
1 year, 5 months ago on Artisan Crochet from Hearts
Crochet is an easily learned craft which offers immediate gratification. I believe that most anyone can learn how to do it. I have taught developmentally disabled adults and teens, elderly, kids... One nine-year old dove into a shawl of her own pattern less than a month after she picked up a hook and begged skeins from my stash. Talk about a satisfying experience in educational endeavors--that one had me riding the crest of the wave for a few months.
1 year, 5 months ago on Crochet Can Help Anyone Feel Creative
My mom knitted; I prefer crochet for its versatility and speed of completion. That added to the ease of only working with one stitch at a time won the day. I love hooking even if all i do is tear it out and start again next day. Soothing, repetitive, comforting and comfortable... I am preaching to the choir here I know. Thanks for our fab blog. I enjoy it every time I read it. Come see me at LyndaLand.blogspot.com for cute baby pics, quilts, crocheting, gardening and the gorgeousness of northern California.
1 year, 5 months ago on Inspiring Crochet Mom Stories for Mother’s Day
I crochet a LOT just for the sake of holding that calming hook. I make little toys-mostly round balls or egg-shaped, and then stuff them with former wool clothes. We don't Need any more baby toys but I need relaxation
1 year, 6 months ago on Inspiration: Healing Through Crochet Art
Your comprehensive monthly wrap-up posts are inspirational in the way they are presented and cogently summarized. Thanks for this monthly offering.
1 year, 8 months ago on Crochet Blog Roundup: February in Review
"Crochet" is a great book, yes an editor would help and that's what funds are for, and I suspect that Hook will be as well. Good luck with this and all future endeavors.
1 year, 8 months ago on If Hook to Heal Gets More Funding I’ll Give Away 5 Copies of Crochet Saved My Life
I downloaded the book (thanks so much for the freebie--my book budget has been at zero since job loss last spring...) I also shared it AGAIN on facebook and will review it on my blog after I have read it (LyndaLand.blogspot.com). I tweeted it the other day too. I love crochet and I know that it has saved me from serious mental anguish at various times throughout my life: unemployment, abusive husband, home with new baby and lonely, needing a diversion from sewing machine !~!
1 year, 9 months ago on Crochet Saved My Life Free on Kindle This Weekend Only