Suzy the Shepherdess
Suzy the Shepherdess

Upcoming Events

Some fiber shows and historical events have been cancelled as we work together to slow the spread of COVID-19, and it is likely that more will be cancelled as well.  I will miss seeing you at events, but you can still purchase my yarn online.  And we will meet again, soon! 

Yarn for Sale!

In addition to the yarn and pattern kits that are available on this website, at events I also may have hand-knit items, raw wool, washed wool, wool pelts, yarn-on-the-cone and yarn dolls.  And I'm always happy to answer sheep questions and help you with your historic or modern knitting project!
 
All items sold at my booth are produced from my own sheep.
 
At historic events and reenactments (marked Historical Event! below) the hand-knit items I take depend on the time period the event is representing. I will take pieces from patterns dated before an event's timeperiod, but never after.  (For example, you will never see my WWII Red Cross socks at a Civil War reenactment!).  My yarn and pattern kits are always at all events, both modern and historic.

Hand Knit Goods

You can place an order now and arrange to pick it up at one of my events.  You save yourself the shipping charge and are assured that the item you want won’t be sold out when you come to my booth.  Plus, you get the thrill of meeting me!
 
Please note that you may have to pay an admission charge if an event requires it.  I've included the admission charge, if any, in each event description below.
 
I may sell my hand-knit items and pattern kits off my website in the future, but for now they are only available when you see me personally.  So stop by and say hello!

2020 Events

January 18 - 19, 2020.  4th Annual American Heritage Living History Show at the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles, Illinois.  Vendor show for reenactors and history buffs with items limited to the years 1700 to 1890.  Admission is $7 per adult in modern clothes, $5 if in period clothing, kids under 12 are free.  For more information visit the show's facebook page

 

Ask for money for Christmas, and bring it here to spend!  This is a great show - and a nice mid-winter chance to see all of our living history friends.  I'll have yarn, historic pattern kits and hand-knit items made with documented historical patterns.  I’ll also have my book Suzy's Musings & More

* * * CANCELLED  * * *

April 11 (Saturday), 2020.  24th Annual Stephenson County Fiber Art Fair, Cedarville, Illinois.  A celebration of the fiber arts with workshops, demonstrations of spinning and weaving, and vendors offering fibers for spinning plus finished yarn, dyes, books, gifts, equipment, handmade soap and baskets.  Also supplies for spinning, weaving, knitting, felting, dyeing, tatting and crochet.  Admission is $2 for adults, free for kids under 12.  For more information visit www.scfiberartfair.com

 

My products will be part of the Moonspinners booth (on "The Stage").  I'll have wool yarn, historic pattern kits, and hand-knit items made with both modern and historic patterns.   I’ll also have my book Suzy's Musings & More.

 

The date for next year will be Saturday, April 3, 2021.  See you then!

* * * CANCELLED  * * *

April 25 & 26, 2020.  Historical Event!  Grant's Home Front, Galena, Illinois.  (Civil War, 1861 - 1865).  Civil War battle and encampment in the town that was the home of nine Civil War generals, including General Grant (Grant's home is now a museum and open for tours).  Battle reenactments both days, plus civilian activities going on all day in the Sanitay Fair tent.  Admission is charged, but free to Boy Scouts in uniform on Saturday.  For more event information visit www.tristatehistoricalpresentations.blogspot.com.

 

I'll have yarn, historic pattern kits and hand-knit items made with documented historical patterns.  I'll also have my book Suzy's Musings & More. 

 

The date for next year will be April 24 & 25, 2021.  See you then!

* * * CANCELLED  * * *

May 9 & 10, 2020.  "It's All About Fiber" at Macktown Living History, Rockton, Illinois.  On the grounds of the 1830s home of early settler Stephen Mack, this event combines modern and historic fiber arts with demonstrations, workshops, vendors and lots of show-n-tell!  Hours are 9 to 5 on Saturday and 10 to 4 on Sunday.  Admission is $5, children under 8 are free.  For more information visit www.macktownlivinghistory.com.

 

I’ll have my usual yarn, historic pattern kits and hand-knit items made with documented historical patterns - and perhaps a few modern knits goods as well!  I’ll also have my book Suzy's Musings & More

 

The date for next year will be May 8 & 9, 2021.  See you then!

* * * CANCELLED  * * *

September 26 & 27, 2020.  Historical Event!  30th Annual Wade house Civil War Weekend, Greenbush, Wisconsin (Civil War, 1861-1865).  Civil War battle reenactment with over 500 reenactors.  Adults $17, Children $8.50 (2019 prices, I'm assuming they will be close to the same).  Food/beverage available.  For more information visit www.WisconsinHistory.org.

 

I’ll have yarn, historic pattern kits and hand-knit items made with documented historical patterns.  I’ll also have my book Suzy's Musings & More.

 

The unconfirmed date for next year is September 25 & 26, 2021.  Wade House will confirm their 2021 calendar by December, 2020.  See you then!

* * * CANCELLED  * * *

October 17 & 18, 2020.  Historical Event!  Hainesville Civil War Reenactment in Hainesville, Illinois.  Civil War battle reenactment held on the northern part of the Northbrook Sports Club property at 200 S. Hainesville Road, Hainesville, IL from 10 am to 4 pm Saturday and 9 am to 3 pm Sunday.  Admission is FREE, however there is a $10 per vehicle parking charge - so pack up the whole family!  For more information visit www.hainesville.org

 

I’ll have yarn, historic pattern kits and hand-knit items made with documented historical patterns.  I’ll also have my book Suzy's Musings & More.

 

The date for next year will be October 16 & 17.  See you then!

November 20 - 22, 2020.  Victorian Mansion Holiday Gift Show, Stephenson County Historical Society, 1440 S. Carroll Avenue, Freeport, Illinois.  Friday 9 to 5, Saturday 9 to 4, Sunday Noon to 4 (tentative open hours).  An arts and crafts sale in the gorgeous 1858 Oscar Taylor Mansion the weekend before Thanksgiving with high quality, handmade items, along with unique books on local subjects, pretzel gift items, and Rawleigh products.  You can shop while enjoying the ambiance of the historic mansion.  Free admission.  A portion of each purchase will help support the museum.  Visit www.stephcohs.org for more information.

 

I will not personally be there, but my yarn, pattern kits, and handknit items made with documented historical patterns will be there.  And my book, Suzy's Musings & More, is always available every day year-round in the museum gift shop!

 

COVID-19 Update:  As of today (Oct 22) this event is planned to continue as scheduled.  They will annouce the safety protocol that shoppers and vendors must follow soon.

2021 Events

January 16 & 17, 2021.  5th Annual American Heritage Living History Show at the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles, Illinois.  Vendor show for reenactors and history buffs with items limited to the years 1700 to 1890.  Admission is $7 per adult in modern clothes, $5 if in period clothing, kids under 12 are free.  For more information visit the show's facebook page

 

Ask for money for Christmas, and bring it here to spend!  This is a great show - and a nice mid-winter chance to see all of our living history friends.  I'll have yarn, historic pattern kits and hand-knit items made with documented historical patterns.  I’ll also have my book Suzy's Musings & More

 

COVID-19 Update:  As of this writing (August 2020) this event is planned to continue as scheduled.  The event organizers are working closely with the local Health Department to make this a safe and fun event.  While we all know that anything could be cancelled at any moment, but keep your fingers crossed and I hope to see you in January! 

April 3 (Saturday), 2021.  25th Annual Stephenson County Fiber Art Fair, Cedarville, Illinois.  A celebration of the fiber arts with workshops, demonstrations of spinning and weaving, and vendors offering fibers for spinning plus finished yarn, dyes, books, gifts, equipment, handmade soap and baskets.  Also supplies for spinning, weaving, knitting, felting, dyeing, tatting and crochet.  Admission is $2 for adults, free for kids under 12.  For more information visit www.scfiberartfair.com

 

My products will be part of the Moonspinners booth (on "The Stage").  I'll have wool yarn, historic pattern kits, and hand-knit items made with both modern and historic patterns.   I’ll also have my book Suzy's Musings & More.

April 24 & 25, 2021.  Historical Event!  Grant's Home Front, Galena, Illinois.  (Civil War, 1861 - 1865).  Civil War battle and encampment in the town that was the home of nine Civil War generals, including General Grant (Grant's home is now a museum and open for tours).  Battle reenactments both days, plus civilian activities going on all day in the Sanitay Fair tent.  Admission is charged, but free to Boy Scouts in uniform on Saturday.  For more event information visit www.tristatehistoricalpresentations.blogspot.com.

 

I'll have yarn, historic pattern kits and hand-knit items made with documented historical patterns.  I'll also have my book Suzy's Musings & More.

May 8 & 9, 2021.  "It's All About Fiber" at Macktown Living History, Rockton, Illinois.  On the grounds of the 1830s home of early settler Stephen Mack, this event combines modern and historic fiber arts with demonstrations, workshops, vendors and lots of show-n-tell!  Hours are 9 to 5 on Saturday and 10 to 4 on Sunday.  Admission is $5, children under 8 are free.  For more information visit www.macktownlivinghistory.com.

 

I’ll have my usual yarn, historic pattern kits and hand-knit items made with documented historical patterns - and perhaps a few modern knits goods as well!  I’ll also have my book Suzy's Musings & More.

September 25 & 26, 2021.  Historical Event!  30th Annual Wade house Civil War Weekend, Greenbush, Wisconsin (Civil War, 1861-1865).  Civil War battle reenactment with over 500 reenactors.  Adults $17, Children $8.50 (2019 prices, I'm assuming they will be close to the same).  Food/beverage available.  For more information visit www.WisconsinHistory.org.

 

I’ll have yarn, historic pattern kits and hand-knit items made with documented historical patterns.  I’ll also have my book Suzy's Musings & More.

 

NOTE:  The 2021 date has not been confirmed yet, but it has always been the last full weekend in September in the past.  Wade House will confirm their 2021 calendar dates by December, 2020.

October 16 & 17, 2021.  Historical Event!  Hainesville Civil War Reenactment in Hainesville, Illinois.  Civil War battle reenactment held on the northern part of the Northbrook Sports Club property at 200 S. Hainesville Road, Hainesville, IL from 10 am to 4 pm Saturday and 9 am to 3 pm Sunday.  Admission is FREE, however there is a $10 per vehicle parking charge - so pack up the whole family!  For more information visit www.hainesville.org

 

I’ll have yarn, historic pattern kits and hand-knit items made with documented historical patterns.  I’ll also have my book Suzy's Musings & More.

Can't wait for an event to see my yarn?  

      You don't have to!
My yarn is available year round at a few specially selected yarn shops.  Visit the Yarn Shops page to see a list.

"Buy your wooolen yarns in quantities from some one in the country, whom you can trust."

Lydia Maria Child
The American Frugal Housewife, 1832

Suzy the Shepherdess knitting a wool sock at the Apple River Fort (1832)

Contact Details

Suzy the Shepherdess

Suzy Beggin Craft

P.O. Box 54

Stockton, IL 61085   U.S.A.

 

Phone: 815 541-0897
Email: Suzy@SuzytheShepherdess.com

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