Oh Linen Stitch, how I love thee.
Linen Stitch is a twofer. You know what I mean: You get two in one. First, you get knitting and B, you get weaving. Knitting and weaving, in my estimation is a wonderful combo. And when I knit and weave, aka Linen Stitch, I go so fast and furious that I nearly combust.
Seriously, though. It also doesn't hurt to have a little of my favorite Koigu KPPPMmmmmmm around the house. There's something about the hand-painted nature of the yarn that lends itself to a stunning fabric when knit in Linen Stitch.
If you're wondering how to knit Linen Stitch, here's how you do it in the round, as I have it here (I can't tell you what I'm making, but if you want to knit a tube-like item in Linen Stitch, here's the pattern):
Linen Stitch in the Round
(odd number of sts; 2-rnd repeat)
Rnd 1: *K1, sl 1 wyif; rep from * to last st, k1.
Rnd 2: Sl 1 wyif, *k1, sl 1 wyif; rep from * to last st.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for Linen Stitch.
If there is any downside to Linen Stitch, it would be that it isn't stretchy. So, it lends itself to things that just need to be pretty, not too functional, and sit there.
P.S. Yes that is cigar smoke in the background. I promise you that I won't sell you any of those skeins on eBay. I don't like getting stinky yarn in the mail, either.