And I talked to Melanie today - here's my new collar. It's actually a bit greener, but I couldn't resist photographing it against my orange wall.
I used the leaf pattern in "Knitting on The Edge" by Nicky Epstein, then picked up 100 stitches (#5 needles) and knitted around for about 7 inches. If I did it again I think I would knit two purl two up near the top because it stretches out when you pull it over your head. I used Patons Silk Bamboo yarn. This is the softest stuff you've ever felt in your life! I got it at ACMoore for $4? each skein. I needed 1.5 skeins, so I guess you could make it longer if you like. I really love this thing, can't wait to make another one. I like it better than a scarf, especially at work because a scarf is always falling off and landing in my glue. Well, now, problem solved!