Suzy the Shepherdess
Suzy the Shepherdess

The Fun Part - Buying Yarn!!!

Curently I have yarn in White/Cream, Light Gray, Slate Gray (Very Dark) and Brown.

My yarn is available in a medium (worsted) weight and fingering weight.  All of my yarn is 100% wool, and all of the wool is from my own sheep.  The color of the yarn is the natural color of the sheep.  All of my yarn is sold in 50 gram skeins and the price is $9.00 per skein. 

 

Medium Weight

The medium yarn is a two-ply and 50 grams equals approximately 100 yards.  I knit six stitches per inch with this yarn using #5 needles.

 

Fingering Weight

The fingering yarn is also two-ply and 50 grams equals approximately 235 yards.  I knit nine stitches per inch with this yarn using #1 needles. 

 

Dyed Yarn

I don't sell any dyed yarn.  All of my yarn is the natural color of the sheep.  However, I do small batches of dying for my own use, so I've included notes to dyers in each of the yarn descriptions. 

 

Lot Numbers

The lot number is the year the wool was sheared.  I sell yarn by color, but if you are trying to match a specific lot number please put the lot number you want in the comment area of your order, or send me an e-mail to ask if I have any skeins of a specific lot in stock.  Once a lot is sold out it is truly sold out.  Some lot colors are very close, but because each year new sheep are born and old sheep die no lot can ever be exactly replicated. 

So, What's Your Favorite Color?

 

White / Cream

When you think of "natural" you think of white yarn.  This is a natural color made by blending together the fleeces of my white sheep.  Not dyed!

 

Grown by Lambert, Booger, Little Rose, Queenie, Left Ear, Sawborne, Fluffy, Wooly Ben, Bouffant,  Blossom,  Spots, Brot Boy and Brot Boy the Second.

 

A note to dyers:  This yarn takes dye bueatifully!  You'll have bold, bright colors. 

Medium Weight - $9.00 per Skein - 50 grams - 100 yards

Fingering Weight - $9.00 per Skein - 50 grams - 235 yards

 

Choose Yarn Weight

Light Gray

A very light gray naturally colored by blending together the fleeces of my white sheep with just one dark sheep.  Not dyed! 

 

Grown by Bugger, Dorry, Sawborne, Spots, Hunchie,  Lambert, Fluffy, Brot Boy, Wooly Ben, Ewella, Blossom, Little Rose, Left Ear,  Bouffant and Domino.

 

A note to dyers:  The little bit of dark will give your dyed yarn a heathered, muted look.  You won't get bold colors, but the results are unique and very pretty. 

Medium Weight - $9.00 per Skein - 50 grams - 100 yards

 

Slate Gray (Very Dark)

This was an experiment, blending together about 60% brown, gray and black fleeces with about 40% white fleeces.  The dark fleeces overpowered the white, and the result is a very dark slate gray.  It is still gray, not brown, but a very dark gray.  Gorgeous!  Not dyed! 

 

Grown by Fred, Domino, Goat (a sheep named Goat, not an acutal goat), Skunk (a sheep named Skunk, not an actual skunk), Charlotte, Baby Fritz, Chocolate, Moe, Panda, Princess, Booger, Queenie, Sawborne, Spots, Hunchie, Brot Boy, Wooly Ben, Blossom, Little Rose and Bouffant.

 

A note to dyers:  Don't even bother.  It's too dark to take dye.

Medium Weight - $9.00 per Skein - 50 grams - 100 yards

Fingering Weight - $9.00 per Skein - 50 grams - 235 yards

 

Choose Yarn Weight

Brown

This is a blend of my brown, black and gray sheep, and the result is a deep chocolate brown.  Gorgeous!  Not dyed! 

 

Grown by Little Fritz, Domino, Fred, Baby Fritz, Chocolate, Moe, Panda, Princess, Starburst, Charlotte, Black Rose, Goat (a sheep named Goat, not an acutal goat) and Skunk (a sheep named Skunk, not an actual skunk).

 

A note to dyers:  Don't even bother.  It's too dark to take dye.

Medium Weight - $9.00 per Skein - 50 grams - 100 yards

 

 

Currently at the Mill . . . .

The 2017 shearing is at the mill being washed, carded and spun!  This year I combined my dark and white wool together, and I think the result will be a very dark gray yarn.  I won't really know what it will look like until it's done, but any shade of gray will be a good one!  I may have it back and ready to sell at my fall (2017) events this year, but it is more likely that I will get it this winter and will have it in time for Military History Fest (February 2018).

"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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