The word lace is from Middle English, from Old French las, noose, string, from Vulgar Latin laceum, from Latin laqueus, noose; probably akin to lacere, to entice or ensnare. (thanks, Wikipedia)...and "laceweight" thread/string/yarn naturally followed as the material one would use to make holey net-like garments, shawls, &c.
Blue Morpho [Rav] by Natasha Sills; knit with a skein of Verdant Gryphon Mithril in colorway Ravenswood
This shawl pattern was designed to look like butterfly wings, with subtle beading around the very edge of the border.
It has a great drape and it's light as anything and it's very easy to roll up into a tidy bundle for traveling and it's a little bit fancy...
makes me want to take it on a trip to Venice or something.