Along with the linen towels, I'm working on a tiny gauge project. This one also hurts my hands but in a different way... this one is more about tiredness and cramping if I work on it too long. The yarn is silk, same as what I used for my Mom's shawl. I wanted to see how the different gauge would feel, and how long of a scarf it would produce. It's a Christmas present for a animal fiber sensitive friend, one who I know will appreciate all the effort that will go into making it. Visible progress takes time so you make not see this one for awhile, which is just as well... knitting with the thin silk should make for the perfect summer project.