I may have mentioned that I have my own room at our house. It’s a luxury of which, as an oldest child of four, I am deeply appreciative. A couple weeks ago we made a stop at Ikea, and I finally bought some bookshelves for my room — I’ve had boxes of books piled up in a corner since we moved in a year and a half ago. After filling the larger of the two units, I realized I had room to unpack all the yarn in my closet and make it all pretty:

The top holds an artfully arranged pitcher of knitting needles, and the bottom has my books and project notebook (I still need to post about this) on it. Then there’s the yarn.

The gray shelf. On the bottom left is enough Jo Sharp Desert Garden in Oyster to make a short sleeved sweater. On top of that is some fabulous alpaca I bought at Johnny Appleseed Festival this fall. I think it’s going to be the favorite black sweater I’ve been trying to replace lo these many years, but I bought all the spinner had and I still need to get in touch with her to get a couple more skeins. The middle has a bunch more of that dark gray yarn I made Basil’s cat bed out of — there’s still a lot of it there, and I have no idea what I’m going to do with it. The red on top of that is the latest shipment from Sundara’s Petals Collection — it’s as gorgeous, if not more so, than it looks. On the right is enough Knit 1, Crochet 2 Angora Soft to make the drop stitch hoodie from the Spring ’06 IK, but after swatching the pattern, I’m not happy with it, so I have no idea what I’m going to do with it now.

Back in the back is a whole slew of Knit Picks Color Your Own fingering-weight merino. I was going to use it to make the Union Square Market Pullover from last fall’s IK, but I’m not quite so enthused on using it for that purpose anymore. In front of that are four balls each of the two colors I snagged in closeout Rowan Yorkshire Tweed 4-Ply. I intended the blue color to be for Mike and the purple for me, but now I’m thinking the blue might be that Market Pullover instead. Sorry, Mike. Next to that are a random ball of Crystal Palace Kid Merino, a random ball of Koigu PPPM, and then a couple skeins of blue Art Yarns Supermerino, out of which I plan to make another hat for my brother.

The pink shelf. The left is enough Classic Elite Bam Boo to make a short sleeved sweater. In the middle are the pink and white Art Yarns Ultramerino 4 I’ve been saving to make myself a very special pair of socks (yet to be picked out), and some sale Knit Picks Sock Memories. On the right is some Rowan Luxury Cotton DK on sale at my LYS, irresistibly colored and priced. It’ll be yet another short sleeved sweater.

The green shelf. These are all the random skeins of green yarn I’ve been saving up and buying with the intention of someday making a whole bunch of knitted leaves I can then assemble into a holiday wreath. They are, from the top left going clockwise, a couple colors of Cascade 220 Superwash leftover from Chaucer’s sweater, Art Yarns Supermerino leftover from Matt’s first hat, a couple balls of Rowan Yorkshire Tween 4-Ply, some leftover Knit Picks Wool of the Andes, a ball of Mission Falls 1824 wool, some Jo Sharp Merino DK, Rowan Yorkshire Tweed DK (it’s much more chartreuse than this picture implies), Rowan Yorkshire Tweed Aran, and another ball of Mission Falls.

It’s a lot of yarn. I’m so excited to be finally getting some projects into the finished objects pile, because then I can “shop” from my own shelf.