Like most parts of the United States, I am living in a section of the country that is affected by the drought. Since it is hot and humid here, it is difficult for most varieties of yarn to flow smoothly through my hands. Cotton seems to be the yarn of choice to work with this summer. A friend gifted to me all her Sugar & Cream kitchen cotton, which I have been turning into kitchen hand towels, dishcloths and hot pads.
My kitchen hand towels were fast becoming rags and seeing the prices the stores were asking for well made ones, was more money than I could spare. It was much cheaper to knit my own. Doing a search of the internet brought forth tons of patterns for towels and dishcloths. They make great pickup work and fast satisfaction of a project well done.
I will show you a few of what I have already produced. Here are some towels.
Here is the hot pad that I really like. It is crocheted on both sides of the starting chain, which makes the hot pad double thickness and only one seam to sew when done. The pattern was found when doing a search on the internet. I have no idea as to what website it was where I found this particular pattern. Basically, you choose your yarn and crochet hook size, crochet a chain of the length that you want and then single crochet on both sides of the chain, round and round. You keep crocheting around until two ends meet. you are actually making the hot pad diagonal. You only have the one seam to sew down the center.