I am a horrible knitter, always have been. Believe me, I've tried! I knitted a whole raglan sweater in college, only to pull it all out. But while I was in West Virginia, my s-i-l was knitting a dish rag. Yeah, you heard that right! And I thought, "That's perfect! Dish rags are supposed to be homely and ugly, so mine will look just right!"
Then I was at Walmart, and I saw the very yarn she was using. It's cotton yarn, and it truly is exactly the kind you'd make a dish rag out of. And, it only cost $1.47. I got some. Love the colors.
this one. I cast on, and did a row or two. I decided to practice my knitting and purling both. If you alternate those two stitches, row by row, you end up with knitting on one side of your piece, and purling on the other. (This is because a purl is just the backside of a knit, of course.) I think knitting, with its smooth rows of v's, is prettier than purling, which is bumpy.