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During the past week, we've had many instances where our responses to email inquiries have bounced back immediately as "undeliverable". It happened again …

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Apr 25, 2015

Updated Delivery Date

Today, we advanced the delivery date to JUNE for all NEW orders received as of April 25, 2015.

We are currently working on orders scheduled for delivery during the month of MAY.

Not sure where the year has flown but if you check the Halloween countdown calendar, Spook night is fast approaching!

Thank you for your continued business in 2015!

Hobbie's House & Custom Costume Knits.

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Apr 18, 2015

RENT Sweater and Scarf

Order the trademark "reproduction" RENT Sweater and Scarf as worn by Mark Cohen in the musical directly from this page.

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Mar 05, 2015

Please White List Our Domain

During the past week, we've had many instances where our responses to email inquiries have bounced back immediately as undeliverable. It happened again

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Mar 05, 2015

Classic Crewneck Pullover

On this page, give our latest addition to the Hobbie's collection - a crewneck version of the Hogwarts® sweater - a thumbs up or down. Who says you can't

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Mar 05, 2015

Wizard Wear From Hobbie's House!

Hobbie's House of Wizard Wear - purveyors of Wizard School uniform scarves, sweaters and cardigans. Custom made in sizes for children, juniors, misses and men.

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Oct 27, 2014

2014's Shortest Production Schedule

Halloween is 3 days away.

Thanksgiving is a mere 30 days away and Christmas is too close to think about when decorations have already made their way onto the store shelves. Barely 60 days to go.

Our offices will be closed for the better part of a week during the Thanksgiving holidays.

With this in mind, our current delivery date for any NEW orders is December but with 2014's shortest production schedule.

Production slots are filling fast for what we consider to be the shortest delivery time frame of the year.

Please note that each production slot represents a single item. Multiple item orders take comparatively longer to complete and delivery may not fit withing the remaining delivery time frame.

At this time of the year, our last shipments go out on December 15th. We allow a full week of transit time to ensure delivery by Christmas.

Where's the dark blue? On its way but it feels like it is on a slow boat from...

Unfortunately it will probably be another week before we can get our hands on it.

How about the email issues? Knocking on wood that our current setup is dealing a serious blow to spam and viruses. And that's a good thing.

Keep track of what we're up to on the Working Calendar.

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Sep 19, 2014

Dark Blue And Email Bug

Over the past couple weeks, we've noticed that our mail is being delivered in "spurts". Looks like it may have caught a bug along the way.

Emails are coming in clumped together under a single title instead of individually.

This weekend, we will conduct a "test" to isolate the virus by switching delivery of emails from Google's Gmail to a Webmail platform.

We're busy knitting but we will keep an eye on the emails. A few emails may go missing during the time span between one carrier and the other.

Eventually, they will all be delivered to the Inbox.

Regarding Dark Blue yarn...it is completely out of stock. In our warehouse and from our suppliers.

There is only one unfortunate aspect to imports - all we can do is wait.

The same holds true for our suppliers. Until such time as we can ensure delivery of that particular shade, we have removed said color from the color options for all new orders.

Thank you, Hobbie's House

Jun 14, 2014

"RENT©" - The Musical and Movie

A custom knit reproduction of the sweater and scarf worn by Mark Cohen in the RENT© Broadway production and movie.

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Feb 02, 2014

Sweater Measurements For A Perfect Fit

Measurements - There is a difference between actual and finished measurements - How to pick the correct size garment.

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Feb 01, 2014

Mark Cohen's Sweater and Scarf

Calling all RentHeads...Are you looking for Mark's trademark maroon and light blue sweater? At Hobbie's House, we've knit a long list of special request

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Jan 13, 2014

What's New At Hobbie's House in 2014

First Day Of The Rest Of Your Life
No flu bug this year! Let's keep our fingers crossed because the nasty weather created nearly as much havoc in our schedule.

A short time span between Thanksgiving and Christmas was aggravated by day long power outages, weather related government and Post Office closings as well as equipment failures. The Elves have been working overtime to get us back on track.

Today, while it is still cold outside, the sun is out and it has all of us at Hobbie's House fired up and ready to dive into the new year.

We still have some work to do on the migration of our website pages to a new platform.

We're also stocking the shelves of a new "Store" so that, once again, all our products will be found in one centralized location.

The store opening will be announced as soon as everything is in place.

As we do at the beginning of every year, we determine which "wizard wear" items are to be removed from the store shelves altogether aka "discontinued", or gradually phased out due to lack of interest during the prior year.

While the Harry Potter® phenomenon has abated, the costume and the knitwear are still very popular. Especially the scarves! And who knows what the new Harry Potter© related films and books will bring.

As the years move along, our suppliers phase out or discontinue some of the materials we use in our knitwear. So we may have to reinvent the product with acceptable substitute materials. It will not affect the quality of our knitwear.

We continue to focus on those "wizard wear" products which remain popular with our customers and we will also turn to an increased demand for custom designs.

The current delivery date is posted in the right hand column of each page throughout our site. Once the store is open, acknowledging the current delivery date will become a required "check" while filling our the shopping cart.

We've had too many cases of customers not being aware of the standard turn around time. It continues to be adjusted according to the volume of orders. However, we still do not carry any inventory and none of our custom made products are available for immediate shipment.

The delivery date is advanced as needed and updated automatically in the Callout Box in the right side column of each page on the website.

Newly designed pages will automatically replace older versions. Major site wide changes appear on the "What's New?" site blog.

Thank you,

Hobbie's House of Wizard Wear

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Dec 17, 2013

Virtual Assistant Business Starter Summit

Have you been thinking about working from home as a virtual assistant so that you can schedule work around your life? Have you been researching about

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Dec 03, 2013

The Cardigan Is Still Popular!

So popular in fact that it topped the list of "wizard wear" we knit this Fall season.

Here is the latest one, the OOTP version of the cardigan knit in "Ravenclaw" House colors of dark blue and pewter. Knit in 100% wool, this cardigan is dry clean only.

Yes, the photo is overexposed but it is a silvery grey and a dark blue.

Ravenclaw colors

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Sep 02, 2013

The Best Wizard Wear Resources

A collection of the best wizard wear resources to help you complete an award winning costume.

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Aug 23, 2013

Sweater Care Instructions

Here are simple sweater care instructions for all Hobbie's House of Wizard Wear knitwear.

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Aug 18, 2013

Influence of Ancient Costumes

Ancient costumes - their history and influence throughout the centuries.

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Aug 06, 2013

The Sports Team Sweater

The Sports Team Sweater - perfect for all those wizarding games. Have it custom knit in your team colors.

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Jul 30, 2013

Custom Knitting at Hobbie's House

Check out our custom knitting services - when you're looking for something uniquely yours.

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Jul 01, 2013

Knitting Pattern Membership Site

Hobbie's Knitting Pattern Membership Site - Our Collection of "Wizard Wear" Knitting Patterns

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Jun 30, 2013

Storing Wool Sweaters

How storing wool sweaters properly during the summer months will help prevent costly damage.

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Jun 24, 2013

Hobbie's Knitting Pattern Collection

Knitting pattern collection for Harry Potter® inspired sweaters, vests, cardigans and more.

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Jun 02, 2013

Waistcoat Length For A 1 Yr. Old

We'd love to be able to respond in a little more detail to the person who submitted the inquiry about the ideal length of a vest for a 12 month old infant. Not only was the inquiry anonymous but it did not include any way to respond.

Sadly the 5 word phrase "Waiscoat length for a year old" was not of sufficient length to allow us to build a full fledged page on our site. Such short submission are ideally suited for email. So we will respond here on the website blog , hoping that the person who submitted the question will check for a response.

The length for a "Waistcoat" in a 12 month size size (for an infant with an actual 19 inch chest circumference)is just under 12 1/4 inches from shoulder (at the neck edge) to the bottom of the vest.

We are assuming that they are interested in a "vest" as in the British English definition.

For similar questions, feel free to contact us.

Jan 28, 2013

Updated Shipping Costs

It was bound to happen but we were surprised at how much the shipping rates went up over the weekend.

We have adjusted our shipping costs for both domestic and international parcels to reflect the latest changes at the Post Office.

Our shipping costs are determined by the weight or the combined weight of the products ordered.

We've adjusted the shipping costs across the various weight categories but we may eventually find it easier to use Priority Mail Flat Rates for both Domestic and International parcels.

While we adjust to these new rates, any overpayment in shipping costs will be refunded when we prepare the shipping labels.

Thank you.Hobbie's House of Wizard Wear

Jan 08, 2013

RENT© - The musical that changed my life!

My first experience with RENT© came when I was in college. I was like many students at the time, just out of high school, on my own for the very first

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Dec 07, 2011

Best Moments of My Life

I was a junior in high school. I had heard of Rent, watched the movie, loved it, but I was too scared to audition for a part in the upcoming school musical:

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Jul 10, 2011

Harry Potter® Removable Wall Art

Create your own Hogwarts® scene with life sized removable wall art.

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