I'm also a "potholder person." So was my mom, guess I come by it "genetically!"
My grandmother used to crochet beautiful ones out of very thick yarn. These would last for years. However, she's been gone since 1968, so all of mine had worn out. When I cleaned out my folks' house 5 years ago, I found a whole stash that Mom had squirreled away and forgotten about, so now I have Grandma's pot holders again!