It's interesting to think about how a project comes to be. I cook and bake quite a bit, but I'd never once thought about crocheting a potholder until I saw a couple of blog posts about it. Dani posted about some colorful ones she'd made, and then I saw that Carol Anne had made some scalloped ones. After that I couldn't get the idea of crocheting a potholder out of my head.
I ended up using that same scalloped pattern for my potholders; in addition to the fun edging, I also like the raised lines radiating from the center and the old-fashioned-feel of these potholders.
Like Dani, I don't think I can bear actually using my potholders to get hot, bubbling dishes from the oven. I do think these will make lovely trivets for using at the table, though. They're double-thickness so my table won't get burned by straight-from-the-oven pans.
I originally made the red one for a friend, but then I couldn't part with it, so I made the blue for her instead. I think I'm only able to give it away because there is nothing blue in my kitchen. I am such a selfish crafter!
Making these potholders has already led me to other projects. I love the raised designs you can make using front post double crochet (fpdc). I first discovered fpdc while making this hat, but these potholders rekindled my love. I have several projects in the works that use fpdc to make cables. I'm so excited about them!