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.

2024 Events

April 6 (Saturday), 2024.  28th 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


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.

November, 2024 (Date TBA, but 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.  Open 9 to 5 on Friday, 9 to 4 on Saturday; 11 to 4 on Sunday.  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 their museum gift shop!

Why is the list so short?

I love doing shows!  But I'm doing a lot less shows in 2024 because my yarn inventory is very low. The sheep keep on growing their wool for me, but unfortunately I have a backlog at the mill that washes, cards and spins my wool into yarn.  I currently have two batches at the mill, medium (worsted) weight light gray and medium (worsted) weight slate gray.  The mill estimates that my yarn will be done in the spring of 2025.  If you send me a message with your email address I will let you know as soon as my new yarn is here!

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

      You don't have to!
My yarn, pattern kits and knit goods are available year round on my Etsy page.

"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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