because we have a dishwasher, we don't wash dishes THAT often, but you've got your knives, metal bowls, cutting boards, utensils etc that are used almost daily and can't be thrown in the dishwasher. we also run our DW maybe every 4 days (max), so certain things need hand washing.
i've gotten into the habit of using a dishtowel on the counter to set everything on, but i don't really like it. it gets super wet, takes up counter space and isn't that great looking.
while discussing other options with kc, i did a search for fabric patterned dish drying mats.
i found these fun ones on etsy:
images/mats from etsy: sistersofthewildwest
i think i love them. such fun patterns! free shipping plus machine washable. and maybe i could customize my fabric? not sure if Josh will okay another item to go on the kitchen counter...but we'll see. anyone see anything [fun] like this at any stores?