All of a sudden, the magic cowl is quite a respectable length. There are basically six sections of this scarf. I'm done with four and working on the fifth now, so I am close to the finish line.
I have to say, this is a scarf I knit solely because 1. it was red and 2. it was inspired by one of my favorite books, The Night Circus, and if I had looked closely and noticed all the lace I would have probably skipped it. In my list of favorite things to knit, lace is--not on it. But I think I got distracted by the color and the inspiration and that I did see some cables in there.
This is the 'circles' section--fourth out of six:
Here is the whole thing:
I'm awaiting the final five papers for the prospectus class and then I'll be done grading (although I've moved on to other, more interesting, work stuff so I'll just sneak those in when I can). I didn't get a lot of writing done this term and like many academics, the 'break' for me isn't really a break but rather a chance to get some good writing accomplished without a lot of distractions like students and meetings. While I kind of envy professors who turn in their grades and say 'see ya in January', I also kind of don't because the research and writing is my absolute favorite part of being a professor.
I have a few kind of interesting studies that have managed to click together quickly, and that's nice too.