Thursday, June 24, 2010

Ling Dynasty Grows

It is true. I finished my fifth Doris Chan Ling Collar yesterday -- and that includes steam blocking with a new iron/steamer surprise gifted to me by my good friend, Grace. :)

I actually made this Collar, using Kraemer' Sterling Silk & Silver fingering weight yarn (63% merino, 20% silk, 15% Nylon and 2% Metallic). The coloring in the picture is a little washed out; in reality is more like a dark charcoal with silver hightlights. I had purchased this yarn from a vendor at last year's Chain Link Conference, when it was held in Buffalo, NY -- and it was Mini~Dee who heard the yarn exclaim from deep within my yarn stash that it was ready to "grow up" and become a Ling Collar (more proof that yarn WILL tell you want it wants to be!).
And, using one of my Graydog "H" crochet hooks, it worked up beautifully!

The dangling charms was another of Mini~Dee's decisions. She selected the beads to match the dress coloring and I did all of the wiring twisting. I like that this project was a collaboration!

If you decide to add charms to your own Ling Collar, or any other of your crochet works, I highly recommend steering clear of split jump-rings. Eventually the split jump-rings will open, ever so slightly, and then fall off your work.

How about you? How many Ling Collars do you have in your dynasty thus far?


Cindy said...

I've not made one, but after seeing this incredible beauty, I do believe I have to give it a try. I LOVE IT! Your work is just so beautiful.

Hugs XX

woolmountain said...

Oh my Dee, the ling collar is wonderful....And I just bought some of that Kraemer yarn three weeks ago when we were out in PA and stop at the Kraemer I know what to do with it.