I'm in the middle of a dish towel made with regular sugar and cream cotton yarn. I'm trying to use up left over bits of colored cotton from previous dishcloth projects. This is sort of successful, but of course I had to actually buy some more colors so I could have a technicolor rainbow variety. I'm using the Ball Band Dish cloth pattern in the Mason Dixon Book. I just made it wider and it will be longer.
As far as men and towels... I have been married for 14 and half years and I still cannot trust my husband with cloth. Particularly towels. My mom will cut up used towels and give them to him for gifts as rags. (This he loves) If I decide a towel is old and he can have it I cut it in half so he can see that it is now a rag. When we had to clean out my grandfathers house my husband got most of the rags he had a stash of. I'm always looking for things that are good for rags to discourage his use of my kitchen towels!!