Suzy the Shepherdess
Suzy the Shepherdess

Upcoming Events

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 am fully vaccinated and "boostered" for Covid-19.  My children, who are often with me at events, are fully vaccianted as well.  I want you to feel safe and comfortable while shopping in my tent or at my booth.  :)

2023 Events

April 8 (Saturday), 2023.  27th 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 $3 for adults, free for kids under 12.  For more information visit  This is the Saturday of Easter weekend, so bring on the bunny fiber!


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 29 & 30, 2023.  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 Sanitary Fair tent.  Admission is charged, but free to Boy Scouts in uniform on Saturday.  For more event information visit  (Note the date change.  This had been April 22 & 23 and they changed it to the 29 & 30).


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 20 & 21, 2023.  "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.  (Those are 2022 hours and prices, so they may change).  For more information visit


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

November ______, 2023.  (I don't have the date yet, but I'll post it as soon as I know it).   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 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!

September 2023.   Historical Event!  Annual Wade House Civil War Weekend, Greenbush, Wisconsin (Civil War, 1861-1865).  After 30 years, Wade House has decided to retire their annual Civil War weekend.  There will be no Wade House event this year.  If you are a Wade House regular attendee I will miss seeing you in September and I hope I will run into you at another event this year!

October 21 & 22, 2023.  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 and parking are FREE, so pack up the whole family!  For more information visit


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

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