Anyway, my friend, Grace, lent me her sewing machine so we could get this project wrapped up. I was able to get all of the hand towels seamed within a couple of hours, with a small break to teach Brother Bear how to make a simple seam.
He decided, also, that the towel he seamed by himself needed a monogram. So, after a quick fiddle with the machine and one dry run, we managed to sew at "t" onto the towel.
So, the hand towels are ready to go as soon as I pack them up. And, I remembered I had a very large skein of white cotton yarn in my craft box that is not likely to be used anytime soon. So I pulled it out and started knitting wash cloths. I'll probably only get a few done by the time I ship our box, but it's the type of thing I can keep working at during our trip and possibly ship them out when we get back home. Being able to knit and read at the same time does have its advantages...