Moved In and Sodded!

I’ve told my dear husband that this was my last move, and they will have to take me out of this house feet first in a pine box. Moving is no fun, and I am too old for this nonsense. Now that we are settled in, my focus will be on the yard.

The Tif-Tuf Bermuda sod has arrived (Thank you, Super-Sod!) and been laid down dormant. That’s right…dormant. Don’t worry. It will be just fine. Some warm season grasses, like Tif-Tuf and Zenith Zoysia, can be laid dormant. Others cannot. If you are laying dormant sod, please check with your sod professionals to be sure you choose a variety that will be successful in your zone. Timing is everything!

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Ice and snow soon followed, along with single digit temperatures, but the sod loves the slow drip of water from the melting winter precipitation, and the temperatures are right back to southern normal after the brief cold snap.

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Dan Ryan Builders gave us some pretty decent plants. We have a Red Oak, a Crepe Myrtle, 3 Drift Roses, 3 Loropetalum and a Thuja ‘Emerald’. The Compacta Hollies will be re-homed. The others will be worked into my plan somewhere.

Brodgen 6Of course I am planning a major landscape renovation. I sit in front of the fire with a glass of wine and my knitting, and dream of terraces, stone walls, pollinator gardens, vegetable and herb gardens, Japanese Maples, Hostas, Hydrangeas, Camellias… Stay tuned – spring is coming!

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Mitered Star Pillow – Knitting Pattern

What does this gardener do when the temps are below freezing? Knit! OK, I knit in warm weather too. In fact, knitting rivals gardening in my list of obsessions. I have made several mitered square blankets and shawls in the past couple of years, but recently I designed a mitered star that works well as a pillow. A smaller version can be a Christmas decoration, or hang many of them for a mobile for the nursery. Have fun using only one color, or a variety of hand dyed yarns. My favorite is Miss Babs. I am addicted to her colorways. You can find the pattern below, or on Ravelry. Happy knitting! I’d love to see your results. Send me pics!

Star Pillow

For large pillow:
Cast on 72 stitches and work in garter stitch in basic mitered square*, changing colors as you like or keeping it all one color. If you know how to make a mitered square, this is the same idea except that you make a fifth square. It really is that easy!

* Cast on 72 stitches, placing a marker after stitch #36. Then knitting every row, on right side knit to 2 stitches before the marker, slip-slip-knit, move marker to other needle and K2tog, knit to end. Wrong side row simply knit. When only 2 stitches are left on your needle, cast off.

To make the next square, pick up 36 stitches along one cast-on edge of the first square, place marker, and cast on 36 more stitches. Repeat pattern above. Do this 3 times. For the 5th and final square, pick up 36 stitches on the cast-on edge of your last square and 36 from your first square. Repeat the main pattern. Voila! You have one star! Make one more, and then sew them together inside out, leaving one length open. Turn the pillow right side out and stuff with batting. Sew the final edge. Add a large decorative button in the center on both sides and you are done!