When did I become a lace knitter?

So, I’ve noticed something lately when knitting.  I knit A LOT of simple lace.  The funny thing is that lace knitting sort of scares me with its intricate decreases, yarnovers, and charts.  Still, simple lace has become a way of knitting for me.  Is this a leap into complex lace?  Time will tell, I suppose. 
As an example of said lace knitting, here is a swatch of a fan and scallop cloth I did in cotton yarn.  Looks sort of pretty, I think.
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Lace Wrap WIP

I recently grabbed the Winter 2011/2012 edition of Knit Simple magazine purely because of the pretty wrap on the front cover.  And now I’m knitting it!  It turned out to be a fairly straightforward pattern. 
I am a little hesitant when it comes to lace knitting, as my previous experiences have not been good.  So far, I’m surviving and have gotten into a good groove with this particular pattern. 
Here’s an example of the lace pattern.  I’m hoping to have it done for a party on the weekend, but I doubt it’ll be done, so maybe for the party the following weekend.  I’m turning out to be quite the party animal here. 
I’m also doing a little bit of my own variation with the pattern.  I’m using a worsted weight yarn instead of a DK weight, and I’m doing fewer stitches than the pattern calls to compensate for the larger yarn size.  I also like the color of the yarn I’m using.  It’s just some Red Heart Super Soft yarn in Off White that I had in my stash. 

Super Summer Backpack

I knit a backpack!  Since a lot of kids in my area are back in school today, I thought it would be a nice time to feature this project, even though the pattern is called the Super Summer Backpack from Lion Brand Yarn.  It’s still technically summer, anyway.
You can see my project details on Ravelry, if you’d like.  I had fun knitting this project.  I messed up the lace pattern a few times, but managed to recover.  Otherwise, I’m very pleased with how it turned out.  I always forget how to knit an i-cord, but, after some reminders and trial and error, I got it.   The strap is one big i-cord, if you are wondering why I had to make one.
 

I plan on filling the bag up with goodies for someone for Christmas, and I might knit one up for myself.  It would make a great little tote for the beach next summer.