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.  :)

2022 Events

April 9 (Saturday), 2022.  26th 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 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 23 & 24, 2022.  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 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 7 & 8, 2022 (Mother's Day Weekend).  "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 2021 hours and prices, so they may change).  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 24 & 25, 2022.  Historical Event!  30th Annual Wade House Civil War Weekend, Greenbush, Wisconsin (Civil War, 1861-1865).  The Wade House museum spotlights the Wade House Hotel, an expansive three-story, 27-room, Greek Revival hotel built by the Wades between 1847 and 1851. The Civil War weekend is a huge annual event, and one of my favorites!  Visit https://wadehouse.wisconsinhistory.org for hours, admission, and more information.

 

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.

October 15 & 16, 2022.  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 18 - 20, 2022.  (Date is not confirmed)  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!

 

NOTE:  The 2022 date has not been confirmed yet, but I am pretty confident that the event will happen on the usual weekend BEFORE Thanksgiving.  Check here for updates.

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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