I taught myself lace. You should try a small lace item, like a dishcloth, headband, or wrist warmer, to get the hang of it, and a simple pattern with a couple of rows for starters. Here are some patterns you might want to try:
Feather and Fan Dishcloth
Arrowhead Lace headband
I've made a couple of things with lace, and once you get the hang of the pattern, it can be very hypnotizing. When I was working on my asphodel scarf, the six row lace pattern (with no purl rows) required me to concentrate to keep from dropping stitches, and I would find myself reciting the pattern to myself like a mantra. Very zen.
Good luck! Make sure to post pictures!