have you ever knitted with linen or hemp? it's definitely an experience. right now, the linen (by euroflax) has a life of its own. the stitches don't scrunch up, but instead stand rigid and spread.
... not to mention it's anything but soft. sometimes, when i've knitted with hemp, i've ended up wrapping bandaids around my fingers.
after all is said and done, and the shawl is washed and blocked, and shaken and broken, it will be as fluid as melted butter.
this is the spring things shawl by susan lawrence. it should only take 2 (or less) hanks of euroflax sport weight linen ... and a number of beads vs. nupps. i'm knitting it as a shop model for my lys. eventually, it will be mine, and in the meantime, it might inspire others to pick up their needles and knit lace, or exfoliate their fingers with linen.