Yes, lace weight IS thinner than fingering, although in many shawls I've seen it used doubled.
Knitpicks has some GORGEOUS lace weight yarns, some in alpaca and silk - feels yummy. And a lot of lacy patterns are knit on larger needles than you'd expect for the thickness of the yarn - that's one of the things that give the "lacy" effect, along with all the YOs. So never say never - you may someday expand your knitting repertoire. Kelly has become addicted to lace knitting recently.
Thanks, Mary ... it was KnitPick's yarns that made me ask. They look gawgeous. I didn't think about doubling them ... yet another 'duh' moment! :rollseyes: Sooo ... if I double the lace weight yarn (something like Gossamer or Shimmer from Knitpicks), am I then up to a sport weight yarn - most likely?