I learned a couple of really neat factoids while I was researching matryoshka dolls . . .
Matryoshka dolls became really popular after a set was displayed in the Russian exhibit at the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris. Those dolls, painted with pictures from Russian folktales, were awarded a medal by the exhibition committee.
Another medal-winning entry? Campbell's canned soup! (They still have a picture of the medal on their label.)
Hot soup and potholders go well together!
The pattern is available for $3 on Ravelry. The pattern calls for 4 balls of yarn, but you can make a coordinating set of two potholders from that yarn if you swap the main color for one of the other colors.