I've been playing around with this knitting stitch called the linen stitch. I learned it from a site that I often reference when I'm in the mood to add more to my knitting knowledge. The site is verypink.com. I taught myself to knit using her tutorial videos.
This is the piece I am working to get my hands use to the linen stitch.
I see place mats, coasters, and hot pads in my future. :)