Welcome aboard meleriffic! Grad school budgets (whether your own or not) are a good reason to work on crafting from stash rather than buying new stuff. But its sooooo hard (says the person who rewards herself at the end of a semester with a yarn binge...)
I finished this scarf back in June but only just got it blocked. 5 1/2 feet long, and just over three skeins of Patons SWS out of stash. The colors are much deeper and richer in real life, but the lighting in my room was wonky today. I am very, very pleased with it.