First, let me tell you how it used to work: I see yarn, I buy yarn; I see patterns, I buy patterns. Very simple. Very expensive.
And then we got a house. And a mortgage. And joined finances...
Here's how it works now:
Every month (except when I don't have a job, which is now), we get a bit of "mad money" which we can use for anything we want. What do I want? Yarn! Patterns! And now, Fiber! Spinning Wheel! And dyes!
Ahem, getting sidetracked.
The mad money goes into our personal Budgets, from which we justify personal unnecessary expenses (though I think it's harsh to call yarn unnecessary). We also have a "gifts budget", sort of. That is, we buy gifts for certain occasions, like New Year's, birthdays, thank you's, that kind of thing. (Why yes, it's just like you!) Except, because I often knit gifts, and we would have bought gifts, and gifts I knit came from yarn out of my mad money -- breathe -- when I complete gifts, I get reimbursed and get to add back money to my Budget.
It's an interesting arrangement. I don't buy yarn for "ideas" anymore... err, not so much. I try to knit from stash. I end up knitting many more gifts than I would have. Don't get me wrong -- I don't make gifts for "financial/yarn gain" only, it's just another incentive. And apparently, it's a pretty good one when it comes to finishing gifts on time. Because there's always something else I want. And I can't have it unless I finish something, more specifically, a gift. Or when the new month rolls around. (I also make gifts "just because" that don't get reimbursed. And I do a lot of "just because" knitting to try a yarn or pattern.)
It also means I don't buy many books, and hardly any CDs or DVDs. And with holiday knits, I get a bit more to spend!
All this to explain what came in the mail this week, and how precious it is to me right now! I will be slim on the Budget for a while... but it's a good thing. It's tough with so many sales going on (must. resist. sale.) but I'll do my best.
From Rachel at Paradise Fibers: 8 oz of lovely handpainted superwash merino in Winter Solstice, and space-dyed blue faced leicester yarn in Herb Garden and Bordeaux from their bargains page. I also ordered the handpainted roving color card. My first superwash roving, most likely to become socks!
From Christina at Blue Ridge Silk Works: handdyed alpaca in Pasha and Las Vegas (14 oz total). Hmm, colors look familiar? Reds and Blue/Greens, my weaknesses!
Both were friendly and quick to ship!