decided i needed to be able to read patterns for lace and actually make it. i have some merino that was intended for something small, decided to make it into lacy funny fingerless mittens. realised it is easier to make lace than i thought. at least when the pattern is simple (i chose a basic looking pattern from a book and surrounded it with elements that seemed to be able to make it stand out. very simple thing actually, and the result might be a pair of quite nice and warm gloves - will see. plan to finish it with some lacy crochet trims.)
update: finished. easier than i have thought!