Playing Catch Up

Phew! Week 3 of the Nature’s Walk crochet along is over and I just finished the last of the eight squares last night whilst watching the hospital drama ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ on Netflix.  Why I watch that show I don’t know.  I’m extremely late to the party and am only on series 2 and there are, apparently, 15 series to go.  I sort of like putting it on while I’m crocheting because it’s not something you have to concentrate on over much although, if I’m honest, last night’s ‘man who had an explosive device inside him‘ episode caused me to have to look up from the hook and yarn a few times.  My main complaint is the central ‘love story’ which is completely stupid.  I want to scream every time their eyes meet wistfully across a crowded operating theatre or yearning is expressed over their surgical masks above some poor patient’s opened body.  Is it really possible that, in a large hospital, every time the elevator door opens the object of your desire will be inside or waiting to get in so that even more barely held in tears can be shown welling up in the eyes of one or both of our wet couple?  If you have watched this prolonged story of hospital folk – please tell me this mooning about doesn’t go on for the whole of the seventeen series or tell me it does and save me before I get deeper in .

Anyway, I digress.

WARNING:  Following photos are an attempt at being arty farty but, you know, a square of crochet is a square of crochet so I’m trying to liven things up a bit for you.

On our Nature’s Walk in week two we had a design called ‘Berries’ to do.

I’m glad it was in this colour as I’d have a job thinking of those holes as berries otherwise.  See I have kindly given you a visual clue.  Something exciting must have been happening in ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ while I had this one on the hook as the sides are a bit skewiff but nobody will know once it’s sewn in with all the others.

The bonus square in week two was called ‘Wheat’ .  I can’t tell you how many moans and groans and hate mail there were about this pattern but, although it took almost twice as long as the others so far, I found it fun to do and love the result.

Lord knows what that lookie likie plant is – I plucked it out of one of the planters on our balcony and it will be the result of seeds dropping off the bird table so it could be anything but you get the idea.

Week 3 bought us a gorgeous little square called ‘buds’ which reminds me of little baby bottom cheeks.  Some others said cleavages and yet others said something rather more ‘masculine’.  You never know who you might meet in a Facebook support group.

The bonus square was called ‘Sunshine’

So, they’re stacking up nicely and, if I don’t manage to keep up, at least I have another 15 series of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ to see me through.



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  1. #1 by claire93 on October 17, 2019 - 09:05

    how lovely to see your pile of blocks growing!
    The bobble/popcorn stitched ones look lovely, and will give great texture to the finished blanket! I’m still dithering about whether to add texture or just to do the plainer/lacier ones.

    • #2 by tialys on October 17, 2019 - 10:37

      I know a lot of people are thinking the same but, for me, it’s a good exercise in learning and good practice too. I might, at my leisure, make another one after this using my Stylecraft DK leftovers and then I’ll think about which designs to use and which to leave out.

  2. #3 by thecontentedcrafter on October 17, 2019 - 09:15

    🙂 I enjoyed your artsy fartsy photos. When it’s finished and if you keep it, you’ll have a gorgeous array of stitches to refer to and inspire you. I love that wheat stitch – now that is texture!!

    • #4 by tialys on October 17, 2019 - 10:39

      It’s definitely my favourite square so far. This week’s squares are more filet type ones which, to be honest, have started to look a bit samey to me – although I think the textured ones are going to be the exceptions rather than the norm.

      • #5 by thecontentedcrafter on October 17, 2019 - 19:20

        Well, you can always go off piste and do your own designs – or someone elses – and make loads of little squares in the designs you like….

      • #6 by tialys on October 17, 2019 - 20:40

        I could and have a couple up my sleeve – just in case.

  3. #7 by nanacathy2 on October 17, 2019 - 10:07

    Very impressive photo staging. The wheat block really does look like wheat, nicely executed. Facebook support groups are really good. Wild Daffodil and I are in the one for the Stitchbook Collective. Our current struggle is with hand sewn pleats, how I wanted to get my sewing machine out for it. Good luck with the next week of your CAL.

    • #8 by tialys on October 17, 2019 - 10:41

      I love that wheat one and, should I make this blanket again, I’m going to use a colour to show up the ‘wheat characteristics’ a bit more.
      I would also be struggling with hand sewn pleats but I suppose it’s a whole different ball game when you’re doing hand stitching – that machine has to stay under cover!

  4. #9 by Wild Daffodil on October 17, 2019 - 11:33

    Grey’s Anatomy – I binged on about 10 series, crocheting the while. I was hooked even though the romantic storylines are infuriating – they don’t get any better btw, but the episodes still held me in their grip. To accompany crafting I think they are pretty good – you will want to chuck things at the screen but, you get to enjoy shouting at the script writers! I think, stick with them.
    Now those squares look fabulous even though I don’t do squares. 🙂

    • #10 by tialys on October 17, 2019 - 13:20

      I know exactly what you mean – I’m like an addict, I know it’s bad but I keep going back for more.

      • #11 by claire93 on October 17, 2019 - 13:29

        thinking about binge DVDs . . . I like watching ER, Dr House, Call the Midwife, Friends, and CSI ^^
        Also love the BBC series Miranda but I usually laugh too much and lost count of stitches when following that.

      • #12 by tialys on October 17, 2019 - 14:35

        It can’t be anything I like too much or has too much of a story otherwise I wouldn’t be able to concentrate on the T.V. or the crochet.

      • #13 by claire93 on October 17, 2019 - 18:07

        well I know most of my favourite series off by heart so can usually listen and craft along without having to look up, although with Miranda I do look, because I love all the faces she makes ^^ btw have you ever seen the short series “Monday Monday”? All about a supermarket chain that relocates North.

      • #14 by tialys on October 17, 2019 - 19:01

        I haven’t but then, I’m not overly keen on Miranda either – it’s a bit too slapstick for my taste although I haven’t actually watched a full episode so I might be mistaken.
        Do you really watch your favourites more than once? One of my daughters is the same. I rarely do but probably should because, as with books and films, I don’t usually remember any details.

      • #15 by claire93 on October 17, 2019 - 19:43

        oh gosh yes! And not just once!
        Can literally quote entire épisodes of FRIENDS as can our three children. Example “the word you’re looking for is . . . ‘anyway’ ” lol.

  5. #16 by CurlsnSkirls on October 17, 2019 - 13:56

    Yep, also like that wheat square’s stitch, with the sunshiny yellow square coming in second. Dare I inquire what that small object is along side the “baby bottom” square?

    • #17 by tialys on October 17, 2019 - 14:39

      That’s a poor excuse for a rosebud. The roses are getting fewer and further between in the garden now and I didn’t want to pick any buds off of the nice big blooming roses so that’s from a white rose bush that flowers prolifically but has small blooms – as you can tell.

      • #18 by CurlsnSkirls on October 17, 2019 - 23:29

        Well, I was close, thinking a bud of some sort. 😘 Thanks for clarifying❣️

  6. #19 by Laurie Graves on October 17, 2019 - 15:27

    Oh, this post made me laugh. I’ve never watched “Gray’s Anatomy” but have heard it is very soap opera-ish. So prepare yourself! As for the squares…I really like how you photographed them, especially the one with the wheat or the grass or whatever that is. But they are all lovely. More giggling over “buds.”

    • #20 by tialys on October 17, 2019 - 18:56

      It reminds me a bit of E.R. which I used to love but the soap opera-ish side of it is worse and the people are more annoying.

  7. #21 by Emmely on October 17, 2019 - 15:40

    Haha, I watched Grey’s anatomy when I was studying medicine and later together with my sister so we could laugh at the increasingly ridiculous stories they came up with. We stopped watching several years ago when my sister moved to a different city but I have fond memories of the afternoons we spend together. Just don’t take it too seriously.

    • #22 by tialys on October 17, 2019 - 18:57

      Good memories of bonding with your sister. It’s always better to watch these sorts of shows with somebody who will find it as mad as you do. I’m definitely not taking it too seriously.

  8. #23 by Kim on October 17, 2019 - 18:02

    Love the squares – not Grey’s Anatomy. I got bored a couple of series in so no idea how it works out.
    I’m very glad I wasn’t drinking anything when I read the description of the pink square 😂

    • #24 by tialys on October 17, 2019 - 19:00

      I wouldn’t mind but I wondered if mentioning babys’ bottoms on FB would cause somebody to shout at me for being weird so I didn’t but I would have obviously been erring on the polite side.
      I doubt I’ll last until anywhere near the end of Grey’s Anatomy as it’s already irritating me far too much but, for the moment, it’s serving a purpose.

  9. #25 by magpiesue on October 17, 2019 - 18:27

    I’ve never had a taste for soap opera type shows, and it was obvious from the get-go that Grey’s Anatomy would be such. It can be hard to find programming suitable to craft work though. There’s a fine line between being able to keep up the work and getting sucked into the plot. 😉 Personally, I think the ‘buds’ square looks more like berries than the ‘berries’ square. They’re all going to make for a beautiful crocheted sampler though. 🙂

    • #26 by tialys on October 17, 2019 - 19:07

      I don’t watch any soap operas. The English ones were good back in the day but now they’re not satisfied unless somebody is murdering their wife or husband, preferably after cheating on them with a close relative – either sex will do – and then setting fire to somewhere which sets off explosives and lots of people die horribly. An every day tale of normal folk.

      It’s true that some of the filet squares are starting to look a bit similar – the Week 4 ones which I’m working on now especially so. I’m hoping for a bit more variety in the weeks to come although I still think they will all join together to make a pretty blanket – and it is a free pattern after all.

      • #27 by Steph on October 18, 2019 - 02:06

        “An everyday take of normal folk”! LOLOLOLOL!!
        Love it.
        Your actual post was very entertaining too, thanks for the LOLs.

      • #28 by tialys on October 18, 2019 - 08:04

        You are very welcome.

  10. #29 by Dartmoor Yarns on October 17, 2019 - 21:35

    These are looking wonderful and that pile is growing so fast. Well done on keeping up too. As for Greys Anatomy. I’ve never watched it. Although I do like a medical drama and have spotted More Four are rerunning the whole of ER. Now I just need hubby to leave home for 6 months as there’s no way he’ll want to watch it.

    • #30 by tialys on October 17, 2019 - 23:03

      An absent husband is the only way I’m able to binge on Grey’s Anatomy. He doesn’t like watching series of any sort – he likes to get t.v. watching done and dusted in one sitting so it’s films mostly with him although he made an exception for Peaky Blinders and he likes Bake Off!!
      Anyway – E.R. was great, especially the early series. You can watch George Clooney grow up and I can think of worse ways to pass the time.

      • #31 by Dartmoor Yarns on October 19, 2019 - 11:52

        Ha ha! Yes, great way to pass time. Hubby used to work away in the days when box sets only existed as boxes of videos. I’ve clearly got this relationship thing all wrong.

      • #32 by tialys on October 20, 2019 - 18:54

        Trouble is our internet connection isn’t great here so I do have to put up with quite a bit of buffering.

      • #33 by Dartmoor Yarns on October 20, 2019 - 19:45

        Buffering is a a pain in the bum. We seem to have moved beyond that. Heaven knows how we’ve managed that in rural Devon, but life so much better without it.

      • #34 by tialys on October 21, 2019 - 10:50

        Well, to be fair, it doesn’t help that I’m watching U.K. t.v. in France.

      • #35 by Dartmoor Yarns on October 22, 2019 - 21:45

        Good point. We were in the Netherlands at weekend and hubby was watching rugby from UK TV – not ideal.

  11. #36 by kathyreeves on October 17, 2019 - 22:11

    I love the yarn you are using, and all of those squares will make a really nice blanket. I do love the wheat square and the pink baby bottoms….too cute, especially in pink!😆

    • #37 by tialys on October 17, 2019 - 23:05

      It is very nice yarn actually – nearly all cotton with a very small percentage of acrylic. It comes in lovely colours with a ‘stone washed’ appearance.

  12. #39 by katechiconi on October 17, 2019 - 23:33

    Never watched Grey’s, and now I thank God. I don’t know how hard these squares are to execute, so I’m just going to say, I love the colours you’re using, especially Wheat and Berries.

    • #40 by tialys on October 18, 2019 - 08:13

      I do like the muted effect of them although, as discussed with Anne, I’m surprised the pink seems to be quite a clear colour in comparison.
      As for Grey’s Anatomy, the storyline last night was particularly ridiculous but for the moment, I’m an addict and can’t break free. On the plus side I managed to crochet a whole square.
      It will all come to an end when Mr. Tialys arrives back home next week as it’s definitely not his cup of tea. I’ll have to go cold turkey.

      • #41 by katechiconi on October 18, 2019 - 09:40

        The things we do for our beloveds…

  13. #42 by anne54 on October 17, 2019 - 23:41

    Can I whisper in your ear and tell you that my secret rubbish passion is for “Star Trek: Voyager”? Fortunately there are no soulful eyes meeting in lifts or over operating tables! My favourite square is the baby bottoms. However I am not sure about the pink. I’d love to see it in one of the other lovely colours.

    • #43 by tialys on October 18, 2019 - 08:07

      I used to watch Star Trek on the T.V. back in the day but haven’t got involved since. I’m assuming ‘Voyager’ is the same concept is it?
      I must admit, I was surprised about the pink because it hasn’t got that stonewashed look of the other colours – even though it’s in the stonewashed range. It does stand out a bit doesn’t it. I’ll see how the squares look all together at the end and, if I don’t think they look right, I might substitute the pink for something else and use those blocks in a second blanket.

  14. #44 by Beads and Barnacles on October 18, 2019 - 12:03

    Ooh the colours look lovely attacked together. Lol I would probably have thought of something more masculine for that pink one too.
    The wheats one looks fantastic.

  15. #45 by tialys on October 18, 2019 - 17:40

    I can’t understand the lack of love for the wheat square amongst the CAL group, it’s my favourite.

  16. #46 by KerryCan on October 19, 2019 - 12:31

    With all this talk of baby bottoms, cleavage, and other hanging-down bits, this is clearly not your grandmother’s CAL!

    • #47 by tialys on October 20, 2019 - 18:51

      No but my grandmother would probably have appreciated the joke.🧓

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