struggling? your FO doesn't show it! i think it's awesome that you're pushing on to more difficult endeavors on your 4th project. my mom has been knitting for years and hasn't done anything but garter stitch scarves. I will have to show her your post and maybe it'll inspire her to take on a more difficult project.
ps- striker is right- i've been knitting for over 10 years and i still get frustrated sometimes- especially with lace. but the challenge is part of the fun