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 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!

2017 Events

Febraury 17 - 19, 2017.  Military History Fest 13 (Reenactor Fest) at the Pheasant Run Resort & Conference Center in St. Charles, Illinois.  Conference and vendor show for reenactors and history buffs from Ancient Rome through modern times.  One huge room full of vendors, plus workshops, encampments and other activities.  The best historical shopping you'll ever find!  Admission ranges from $10 to $25, buy your tickets early to take advantage of early-bird discounts.  Visit www.reenactorfest.com for more information.  Note that this used to be called Reenactor Fest, but the name was changed to Military History Fest several years ago (although I will continue to call it Reenactor Fest!). 

 

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. 

April 8 (Saturday), 2017.  21st 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.scfaf.webs.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 29 & 30, 2017.  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).  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 20 & 21, 2017.  Historical Event!  Civil War Days at Naper Settlement, Naperville, Illinois  (Civil War, 1861 - 1865).  Civil War battle and encampment with over 300 reenactors.  $15 adults/ seniors, $10 youth (receive an early bird discount if tickets are purchased online).  For more information click here.

 

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. 

August 26 & 27, 2017.  Historical Event!  19th Annual Battle of Morseville, Stockton, Illinois (Civil War, 1861-1865), in Memory of David Pierce.   Civil War battle reenactment with period fashion show, Sunday church service, and more.  One of the best looking and most authentic reenactment battlefields you'll ever see - not a manicured golf course, but a cow pasture with permanent bridges, signal core tower, and earthworks.  Really cool!  Adults $5, children under 6 free.  Food/beverage available.  For more information visit www.StocktonCivilWar.com.

 

Note that this event was held on the first weekend in October for many years and has been moved to August.  With the move to August the event organizers have promised us NO SNOW!

 

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.

September 23 & 24, 2017.  Historical Event!  27th Annual Wade house Civil War Weekend, Greenbush, Wisconsin (Civil War, 1861-1865).  Civil War battle reenactment with over 500 reenactors.  Adults $14, Children $7 (2016 prices, I'm assuming they will be 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.

October 14 & 15, 2017.  Historical Event!  Shadows of the Blue and Gray, Princeton, Illinois. (Civil War, 1861-1865).   A new event for me this year!  I will post more details as I have them.  For more information visit www.shadowsbluegray.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.

October 21 & 22, 2017.  Historical Event!  22nd Annual Dollinger Farm Civil War Days, Minooka, Illinois (Civil War, 1861-1865).   Over 600 reenactors gather at this annual event at a farm that has been in the same family since the 1850s.  There is a fee to see the battle, but everything else (touring the camps, visiting sutlers, listening to speakers, watching first-person impressions, etc.) is FREE.  Plus they sell pumpkins and fall decorations and such, so you can stock up for Halloween.  Food/beverage available.  For more information visit http://www.dollingerfarms.com/civil-war-days

 

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 17 & 18 (Friday & Saturday), 2017.  Victorian Mansion Holiday Gift Show, Stephenson County Historical Society, 1440 S. Carroll Avenue, Freeport, Illinois.  An arts and crafts sale the weekend before Thanksgiving weekend in the gorgeous 1858 Oscar Taylor Mansion with high quality, handmade items.  You can enjoy browsing for lovely handmade items while enjoying the ambiance of the 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!

November & December 2017 (Date TBA).  Holiday Gift & Farmer's Market Expo at the Freeport / Stephenson County Visitors Center, 4596 US Highway 20 East, Freeport, Illinois.  Open Daily.  Over 100 vendors with unique, one of a kind gifts that are made in Stephenson County or highlight Stephenson County's local history or culture including books, jewelry, knit goods, Pretzel items, soaps, lotions, doll clothes, purses, yarn and much more!  Free admission.  A portion of each purchase will support the Visitors Center as they promote the county, including the many marvelous museums, historic sites and historical events.  Visit www.stephenson-county-il.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 Visitors Center gift shop!

2018 Events

January 20 - 21, 2018.  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

 

Last year was the first year for this event.  I went as a visitor and enjoyed it!  This year will be my first as a vendor in this show.  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. 

February 2 - 4, 2018.  Military History Fest 15 (Reenactor Fest) at the Pheasant Run Resort & Conference Center in St. Charles, Illinois.  Conference and vendor show for reenactors and history buffs from Ancient Rome through modern times.  One huge room full of vendors, plus workshops, encampments and other activities.  The best historical shopping you'll ever find!  Admission ranges from $10 to $25, buy your tickets early to take advantage of early-bird discounts.  Visit www.reenactorfest.com for more information.  Note that this used to be called Reenactor Fest, but the name was changed to Military History Fest several years ago (although I will continue to call it Reenactor Fest!). 

 

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. 

April 14 (Saturday), 2018.  22nd 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.scfaf.webs.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.

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@SuzyBeggin.com

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