So instead, what do I end up doing? Buying yarn books. I needed a Barbara Walker pattern (the dragon skin stitch that I found on nonokitty's A Fiberholic Life), and it is in the Knitter's Stash. I've wanted the book anyway, since it seemed like fun and has the cute felted fish. And Knitting With Wire came in, which I've been wanting for awhile. I suppose I should have knitted the wire kit that the wonderful Annie Modesitt sent me (for free!) to see if I liked it first, but I've felt a strong desire to do this before I even knew it had been done before.
So this is my reality... buying yarn is bad for the bank account, but buying yarn books is just fine. And oh, there are no calories in the broken cookies.