So after my last post, I tried again with the linen hand towel, with size 5s. It seemed too... open and lacy for a hand towel. I asked StringTheory2.0 if she thought I needed to go to smaller needles. She laughed at me and said yes. Other friends pointed out that you should not be able to see through your hand towels. I gritted my teeth and frogged for the fourth time. Then I acquired a circular size 3 and tried again.
Yep, still lacy.
At this point I'm running out of lower size needles to try. I guess I could look for some 000s. StringTheory2.0 says that, since linen as a plant fiber doesn't have the memory that wool does, I'm just going to have to learn how to tighten up my tension. How do I tighten up my tension? I'm scared. Someone hold me. I have to figure out how to work with linen because I've been wanting my own Mason-Dixon After Dark Nightie for a long time and if I can't figure it out, I'm going to be stuck with a lot of yarn I can't use in my stash.