Do you remember going to Vacation Bible School or Summer Camp as a kid and learning how to weave potholders to take home for your Mom? I recently stumbled onto this again, my sister was visiting from Albuquerque, NM and we went into Comfort (the small town I live close to) to shop, we ended up in this wonderful store, The Tinsmith's Wife, http://tinsmithswife.net/, full of yarn from all over, some hand made and hand dyed, I could spend hours in there! Anyway my sister spotted this kit that includes a loom and the cotton loops to make 2 potholders and immediately we both had to have one, luckily they just happened to have two. It is called the Pro Loom, there is a smaller version called the Traditional Loom.
The loom is made by a small family owned company called Harrisville Designs, harrisville.com, and they have a great website that has a potholder design template which allows you to choose a design and the colors so you can see what the final product will look like. There are lots of cool designs, here are some that I have made:
They are a really nice size, 10" and are sturdy and thick. I would recommend purchasing the loops from Harrisville as well as they are a very nice quality, I haven't been able to find anything as nice at the local craft stores. You can finish one in about an hour.
I gave some away as Christmas gifts along with a chili and cornbread mix. These are fun and easy to make and I feel like a kid again whenever I pull one off the loom!