I haven't felt like working on my cross stitch, but instead have done a lot of crocheting. I had a lot of Sugar 'n Cream yarn sitting around, some full skeins, some leftovers, and we had a need for new dishcloths.
I learned about the Foundationless Chain technique earlier this year, and I am hooked on it (no pun intended). There is an excellent tutorial here and other instructions here. The one thing I have never have enjoyed about crocheting is the chain row, and then the very first row of the pattern. With this technique, I have a much more even foundation row with much less frustration.
These dishcloths are done in half-double crochet, and are 34 stitches across by as many rows as needed to make a square. I crocheted in the back loops only, giving them a bit of texture. Although you can't see it in the pictures, I then crocheted two rows of single crochet around all four sides. It takes me a couple of hours while watching TV to make one.
I did use all the full skeins I had, and am now mixing and matching (the best I can) the leftovers I have. These dishcloths are plenty thick and work much better than the ones I've previously made from fancy patterns.