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
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.
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!
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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.
The date for next year will be January 15 & 16, 2022. See you then!
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.
COVID-19 Update: They have announced that they will follow all State and local requirements and will cancel the event if necessary, but that decision won’t be made until February 2021, when they will have a better idea of what the requirements and regulations for April 2021 events will be. Until then, cross your fingers and I hope to see you in April!
April 24 & 25, 2021. Historical Event! Grant's Home Front, Galena, Illinois. (Civil War, 1861 - 1865).
NOTE: This event has been moved to August 28 & 29. See you in August!
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.
August 28 & 29, 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.
NOTE: This event is traditionally held in April but was moved to August for 2021.
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September 2021. Historical Event! 30th Annual Wade House Civil War Weekend, Greenbush, Wisconsin (Civil War, 1861-1865).
NOTE: Wisconin has temporary closed many of their state historic sites for 2021, including Wade House, while staff are reassinged to other departments to help with assist with Covid-19 related work. Plans are to reopen historic sites for 2022, and I will post the date of the 2022 Wade House Civil War Weekend as soon as I know it!
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.
November, 2021 (Date not set yet, usually the weekend before Thanksgiving). Victorian Mansion Holiday Gift Show, Stephenson County Historical Society, 1440 S. Carroll Avenue, Freeport, Illinois. An arts and crafts sale in the gorgeous 1857 Oscar Taylor Mansion 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 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!
January 15 & 16, 2022. 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 (Those are the 2021 prices, I am assuming they are the same). 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.
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.
Lydia Maria Child
The American Frugal Housewife, 1832
Suzy the Shepherdess
Suzy Beggin Craft
P.O. Box 54
Stockton, IL 61085 U.S.A.
Phone: 815 541-0897