OOH! Another Illinoisian!! I think we're taking over!! MUAAHHAAAHAAAA!
I should try loop st again...one of the first projects I tried to knit (after SEVERAL garter scarves) was a loop st bathrug. I still have 2 huge cones of cotton in my stash because I just couldnt figure out how to get the needle back into the sts with my big fat thumb in the way!