G is for garter stitch and generosity.
Garter stitch is the first "stitch pattern" any knitter learns. Knit, knit, knit, knit, knit... I think it's perfectly suited to children's items, and I especially like it for kids when combined with colorful, funky yarn.
It's no big secret that I've been at sixes and sevens with the knitting lately -- dishcloth knitting being the big clue here. I'm sure it's cyclical and temporary, but I'm feeling quite overwhelmed with life in general and, while the knitting is usually a good antidote to stress, the choosing of a pattern to knit, finding the right yarn, knitting swatches, doing math, ripping, reknitting, refiguring... these are not antidotes to anything at all!
Then I read Rete's post late last week and thought about all those kids in Texas -- and everywhere -- and about her wish for blankets for "The Rainbow Room." One of my planned stops on Saturday, then, was my most local LYS, Iris Fine Yarns in Appleton, to see if I could find a nice, suitable, washable, sale yarn that I could use to knit a blanket. The generosity of Phyllis and her staff at Iris provided me with a rainbow of yarn to knit at least one blanket -- maybe two -- and with all these colors, the first can only be a log cabin design!