I brought my hooks, some yarn and a sketch book to the beach, and didn't even pick it up.
Here's an obvious tip for you... whenever you want to learn a new stitch, make it out of inexpensive cotton, make it squarish, and by the time you have learned the stitch/pattern, you'll probably have something big enough and appropriate for a kitchen rag. Might as well make your learning count for something you can use, right? This is why I love the leaflets for "dishcloths" because while I don't really want to make 30 cheery dishcloths, they are great little "studies" for learning skills and techniques with minimal time commitment and expense.
Monday, I hope to have an adorable photo of my new friend Hazel, with her big sister, Lucy.