I was just admiring Tom's posted picture of the Queen Anne Lace shawl that he knit for his sister. I would like to try doing some lace knitting but, I admit, it scares the bejeebers out of me. Can anyone suggest an interesting pattern, not too easy, but not such as to drive one insane or blind? Maybe a scarf or something that will teach me some technique but not make me burst into tears? :-) I am not sure how or where to begin, but I know it is NOT with a huge shawl. I always wonder, as well, how you know what size needles to use with lace. I am told it is usually bigger needles than you would normally knit with the yarn you use. How much bigger? Is there a rule of thumb? Anyway, any suggestions about how to begin, and with something with which there is actually some chance of successfully completing the project would be appreciated.