To be honest it wasn't much of a sacrifice as these shades of blue work much better on him than on me and the linen stitch was getting tedious; the 10 more inches or so that I would have had to work to make my shrug may have driven me crazy.
But, it is tedious to knit. I thought it would be meditative. It wasn't. Especially when each row is 440 stitches long. By about 4 inches in I was starting to get bored and feel resentful. I have the same issues with lots of ribbing. When a pattern says, "work ribbing as established for X inches..." I usually interpret that as "work ribbing as established until boredom, resentment or dread of the next row of ribbing takes hold..." and adjust the ribbing on socks, cuffs, and waistbands according to my tolerance for it at that time. For this reason I think I will limit linen stitch to small projects or small areas of projects in future.