Brilliant Discovery – Homemade Pizza Dough

I’ve never had any luck with any flour and yeast combo to make any form of dough so when I found a recipe for pizza dough that uses self-rising flour, I couldn’t wait to try it.

I was not disappointed! It’s so simple too.

The recipe calls for 1 cup of plain yogurt mixed into 1 cup of            self-rising flour with a little extra to dust your board when you knead and roll it out.

For me, I wanted a thick dough so I doubled the recipe and found that 2 cups of yogurt made the flour too moist so I’ll probably cut back to 1.5 cups next time as I tweak it to my liking.

Here is my masterpiece… I believe that I will be making more like this and bypass the frozen pizza section at the grocery store now.


Inspired by the Caspian Sea

We carry Knit Picks Caspian ™ line of knitting needles and crochet hooks.  They are made of strong layers of laminated birch in a sea-inspired colorway.

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Knitters like them for their extra grip and perfect points. The smooth finish provides hours of comfortable knitting or crocheting allowing for precision control over each stitch.

The straight needles are smooth and slick to help increase knitting speed  with less dropped stitches to contend with in you projects. The crochet hooks have slightly tapered throats and deeply grooved hooks especially helpful when working with handspun or art yarns.

This Saturday only, you can get them in The Yarn Barn for 20% off. We have a nice variety of common sizes in stock. (Special orders excluded from sale.)




THE YARN BARN: The studio hours have changed this week. I can only be open on Saturdays from 10a – 4pm. You can still make an appointment for off hours if needed and I will do my best to accommodate you.

EGGS: I have a new egg sign that will be displayed on the day that eggs are available. If the sign is not in the yard, we are out of eggs. On Saturdays, the eggs will be in the studio.

New Studio Hours for the Public

Some changes are coming to The Yarn Barn’s public hours.

Effective immediately, public hours will be on Saturdays from 10a-4p.

Please keep in mind that we are a working farm so these hours may change at the last minute.

Please watch here or on our FB page for this info! There may be a sale announcement in the very near future too!!

No worries… it’s all good!


When most people think of a farm, they usually imagine a farmhouse, animals, tractors and a barn. Truth is that a farm is usually made of up several barns or outbuildings each with specific uses if it is a working farm.

We have several on our farm. We have an alpaca barn, a sheep barn, a chicken barn, a fiber barn and a yarn barn. Granted, the fiber barn is really a storage shed but it was designed to look like a barn and The Yarn Barn isn’t really a barn because it’s a log cabin but we had to be consistent, right?

Have a great day!

For “Doctor Who” Fans

I know an Indie dyer who is developing specific ways to dye fibers using colors from the BBC series, “Doctor Who”.

I admit I’ve only watched the show a few times but I liked that season’s particular Doctor character. One feature that keeps fans interested is that they hire a new actor to play the main character of the Doctor for every season.

Doctor Who is a time traveler who uses a British police box for his traveling. The box is called a TARDIS. Click here for the details.

Back to the Indie dyer and her project…  Bethanne’s fibers can be purchased in her Etsy store, Allonsyfiberarts. Her first color was Police Box Blue which I am totally hooked on now. I can’t wait for her to release her other colors. I’m sure they will be as fabulous as this one.

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I love this so much, I may have to make myself something from it.

What do you think? I think it looks like Cobalt Blue on steroids. :)

MacGyver’s Influence on a Fiber Artist…

Many fiber artists rely on their inner MacGyver ability to avoid paying ridiculous prices for fiber-related equipment that can be simply and easily made at home.

Take, for example, a yarn counter. It’s a simple concept. It consists of a fishing line counter and a surface that it is mounted to for stability. This is one of the more ‘affordable’ models available at a popular supplier.

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With a quick eBay search, I found the same counter (under the Berkley brand now) and paid $14.99 with free shipping. I found a remnant of a wooden dowel that was the exact size of a fishing pole. I could have used a section of an old pole if necessary.  I needed something for stability so I had a defective yarn bowl that could not be used for yarning that I probably would have tossed out at some point in one my de-cluttering moments. Here is my MacGyver Yarn Counter.


If you decide to use this system for yourself, remember to use the hand you are not cranking the ball winder with, to control the tension or feed of yarn from the bobbin to the counter. If you forget to do so, the center of the yarn ball will be too tight to pull out.

Remember, before you buy anything. Look around your house and say… “What would MacGyver do?”