I haven't fallen off the edge of the earth BUT I have been busy crocheting. Lots and lots of washcloths/dishcloths and squares for my afghan. I recently got a pattern from NeatlyTangled on Etsy that I fell in love with called Squaring the Spiral. This is a picture of my first one. It is great! Super easy and fun!! I can't wait to turn this pattern into an afghan square. She has other patterns you should check out and a blog.
For this washcloth, I used my old standard, Sugar'n Cream. I was able to make a 7.5" square washcloth in one evening while watching reruns. I can't wait for the new TV season!! Now I just want some bolder colors to make a bunch of these!