I've been working on my first lace project. It is the Lehmus shawl pattern and I'm making if for my grandmother. I'm using Lion Brand Wool-Ease on size 8 needles, as I wanted a heavier shawl. She'll be going into the hospital at the end of February for hip surgery. I'm hoping this will help keep her warm and ease her anxiety during her stay.
I was a little intimidated at the begining and it took me a few tries to get started. Most of the pattern is in another language and I didn't see where it told me to purl every even row, I had to figure that out for myself. I also had a difficult time following every stitch on the chart, however it became easy once I figured out what each stitch did and how it worked with the row below. Now I don't have to refer to the chart as much. Let's hope it continues to go well, I still have much more to knit before it's finished.