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Jun 15, 2014

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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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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May 05, 2014

Hacked ZENDESK Help Desk

Apologies are in order.

Earlier today, we noticed that our ZenDesk customer service portal was hacked. We do not know how long it will take to resolve nor how long it may have been affected. Nor do we know if anyone tried to contact us using this customer service portal.

We have also had issues with our regular website email but this was cleared up last week. Unfortunately, some backlogged emails may have be wiped out in the process.

We have contacted the ZenDesk help desk to determine how best to resolve the issue but until then...we recommend that any questions be sent to us by using our website contact form.

Did you per chance try to contact us recently? If so, we do apologize for the lack of response. Our Inbox has been flooded with Spam and junk mail these past few weeks. However, we thought we had successfully flown under the latest "virus" radar and avoided any problems.

Guess not!

Thank You.Hobbie's House of Wizard Wear

May 05, 2014

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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Apr 30, 2014

June 2014 Delivery Date

Delivery Date Advanced to June 2014 for all NEW orders received as of this date.

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Feb 26, 2014

Should I Order A Custom or Standard Size?

Wondering which size you need to order? Depends on why you are considering knitwear from Hobbie's House. Are you thinking of an item you plan on wearing

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Feb 04, 2014

All Dressed Up With Somewhere To Go!

We're baaaack!

Thanks to "someone who shall remain nameless", we had to completely delete a well established "costuming" blog a few months ago.

In the meantime, we've continued to migrate from the old look to the new look, and made a few other changes.

We are not quite done yet so we thank you for your patience.

New products and patterns are on the way. Includes a new "Store" with novelty knits and ready to ship items.

How about a varsity styled Letterman cardigan? Be on the lookout for a quick survey.

If you have any preferences, be sure to send them our way.

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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 07, 2013

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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Dec 05, 2013

The Wizard School Vest

The Wizard School vest - top costume prop at Hobbie's House and a favorite of Harry Potter© fans.

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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 22, 2013

Out Of Print Halloween Sewing Patterns

Over the years, the kids have dressed up as the Hogwarts® Weasley twins, Pirates good and bad, Revolutionary war foes, and now they would like to be Civil War brothers in arms...

That's not a problem until you set out to look for the perfect sewing pattern (after all, you've seen it in the pattern catalogs at Joanns and Hancock Fabrics) only to discover that the very pattern you want has been discontinued!

Are you looking for that special sewing pattern? You know the one that is either out of print, out of stock or completely discontinued?

Check the eBay auctions. That's where I finally found mine. Phew.

Next year, I will start my search a little sooner.

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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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Sep 02, 2013

RENT® Performance At The University of Michigan!

No time like now to get involved in an upcoming production of RENT® at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI.

November 22, 23 & 24, Power Center for the Performing ArtsWant to get involved?

Find out about auditions and more at our mass meeting on September 2nd @ 8pm in the Michigan Union (Pendleton Room)!
September 1, 2013 - The U.of Michigan Musket

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 23, 2013

RENT® Performance At Wellesley High School This Weekend

Rent sweater and scarfThis evening and tomorrow afternoon, the Wellesley Theater Project Arts Academy is presenting the "School Edition" of the ever popular rock musical RENT®.

Live around Boston? Join them for their performance held at the Wellesley High School Auditorium.

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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 09, 2013

Someone Put A Hex On This House?

Ugh! What a week of Internet mishaps. Let's say the machines won this round.

First, some of our hosting companies were down and back up and down again. We were not alone in this less than amusing situation.

Next, one of our computers skipped a beat or two, was resurrected for a couple days but then crashed in a spectacular way...taking along all printing capabilities.

We are back down to hand addressing shipping labels and unable to print packing slips!

So we made a quick switch to the second computer system but only have partial access to certain computer peripherals.

And this morning, as if to punctuate a week filled with glitches, several days worth of emails (some nearly a week old) mysteriously appeared in our Inbox.

Pure joy.

Our apologies to those whose inquiries we have obviously not seen until about an hour ago.

This weekend will be spent re-establishing control of the machinery which makes Hobbie's House run smoothly.

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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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Aug 05, 2013

RENT Showing at the Eklektix Theatre Company

There's still time for those who live in the Houston, Texas area to see the show.

Get your tickets and go see RENT®

Showing :Friday, Aug. 9th, 2013 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 10th, 2013 at 8 p.m. at the Frenetic Theater, 5102 Navigation Boulevard, in Houston, TX 77011

Eklektix Theatre Company Website

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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 20, 2013

Charmed Knits At A Charming Price

Remember that wonderful paperback book on all things "knitting" for Harry Potter® title Charmed Knits?

I had to do a double take recently when it came up in a search for a related topic. Imagine this...another Harry Potter knitting book is now available - the Unofficial Harry Potter Knits with stunning pieces for all ages.

If you have a copy of Charmed Knits, hang on to it. Or sell it. I do believe I will hang on to my copy of Alison's book.

But I am definitely going to get a copy of the Unofficial Harry Potter!

Jul 11, 2013

RENT® Through July 27th At The Brookfield

Another great review for Director Michael Burnett and continuing popularity for off Broadway productions of the musical RENT®

"Director Michael Burnett has done it again! Evidently not content with delivering a stunning production of "Hair" among the 2012 season's offerings at the Brookfield Theatre for the Arts, he now comes up with another dazzler.

This time it's "Rent,"...

The musical has enormous appeal for young people, not only because of its musical score, but because of contemporary themes that have immediacy for them."
July 10, 2013, David Begelman - greenwichtime.com

If you live nearby, why not treat yourself to a show? The production runs through July 27 at the Brookfield Theater of The Arts, in Brookfield, Connecticut.

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Jul 09, 2013

Anthony Rapp in THE WATER DREAM

Jul 05, 2013

Civil War Style Steampunk Ball Gown

Every once in a while you come across a costume which really no longer fits in the category of fancy dress for Halloween.

This particular Civil War Steampunk ball gown is one such dress. The workmanship is top-notch and the attention to period detail is spectacular.

There are only a few of these custom made dresses available. Check out the listing!

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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 24, 2013

RENT® Performances Across The Country

This summer, it looks as if there will be quite a few venues for those who want to experience the ever popular rock musical RENT®.

Here is just a partial listing of the upcoming performances. They do not include those for which we are knitting the famous Marc Cohen sweater and scarf!

"Rent," the sensational rock musical about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today, opens at 8 p.m. July 5 for a seven-show run Fridays and Saturdays through July 20, with one Monday show July 15 at Aurora Community Theatre, 115 E. Pioneer Trail.
Tickets at $16 for adults are available online, including seat selection, at auroracommmunitytheatre.com, or call the box office at 330-562-1818. Group discounts are available by calling the box office. Opening night tickets include a complimentary after-show gala and the opportunity to meet cast and crew.
Aurora Community Theatre is at 115 E. Pioneer Trail, near the intersection of state Routes 43 and 306.
Hudson Hub Times - June 23, 2013

“RENT” opens at The Brookfield Theatre for the Arts (TBTA) on Friday, July 5th and runs through Saturday, July 27th. Performances are Wed., Thurs., Fri. & Sat. at 8PM with two Sunday Matinees on July 14th and 21st at 2PM. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for students. There is a free preview for senior citizens on Wednesday, July 4 at 8PM.
Due to the popularity of this show, we highly recommend reserving tickets through our web site at www.BrookfieldTheatre.org. Tickets are available at the door on a first come, first served basis. “RENT” contains mature themes and language, and is recommended for older teens and adults.
For more information, contact TBTA at 203-775-0023 or press@brookfieldtheatre.org.

Naugatuck Patch, June 22, 2013

Get your tickets!

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Jun 04, 2013

Current Harry Potter Costume Auctions

Amazingly enough, there are plenty of Harry Potter® and Hogwarts® related costuming props available on eBay so be sure to check them out for a great deal on your Halloween costume.

We are already receiving orders for Halloween so it's not too early to be thinking about getting your costume items together.

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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.

May 29, 2013

RENT® Production Set For Muskogee, OK

You know what they say...they like it "live" at the MLT!

While I am not an Okie from Muskogee, I was an Okie for three years and I know Muskogee. Nice to know that the Little Theater is holding auditions on June 1 for an August production of the musical RENT®

For detailed information, be sure to visit the Muskogee Little Theater.com.

Here is the scoop, en direct from the Muskogee Phoenix:

Auditioners should prepare a one- to two-minute song that best demonstrates their vocal range, showcases vocal quality and ability to stay on pitch.

A rock/pop song is recommended but any other song will do.

Accompaniment will be available if needed.

“Rent” has become a pop culture phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages.

May 28, 2012 - Auditions for 'RENT' set - www.muskogeephoenix.com

YouTube Video by timboss56

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May 24, 2013

Grays Harbor College RENT® Summer Musical

Calling all Rentheads!

Auditions are on today and tomorrow! Looks like RENT® is slated as a summer performance at Grays Harbor College in Washington state.

En direct from Grays Harbor College:

GHC to hold tryouts for summer musical "Rent®"

Auditions for the Grays Harbor College summer youth musical production of “Rent” take place at the Bishop Center at 4 p.m. Friday and again on Saturday starting at 9 a.m. High school and college-age students are invited to try out for the Broadway smash hit, which will be performed on the Bishop Center stage in mid-July. Brad Duffy directs the musical and maybe contacted for further information at bduffy@ghc.edu or (360) 538-4172.

Arts & Entertainment Briefs 5/23 - The Daily World, Abardeen, WA

We are going to start a listing of future performances so if our readers are aware of any local auditions for upcoming shows, be sure to let us know and we'll add it to our list.

May 08, 2013

Expecto Patronum!

The World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando is expanding!

Diagon Alley will open in 2014 given all wizarding fans one more reason to visit central Florida.

The magic continues!

Harry Potter Framed Diagon Alley Map from Warner Bros.

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 10, 2013

Calling All Slytherin® Students

It's time to wish your favorite professor - Severus Snape - a Happy Birthday!

During a limited time (the sale ends on January 15), you can save up to 20% all things Severus Snape and all things Slytherin® during the birthday sale.

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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 17, 2012

Updated: Knitting Patterns Login Form

As we continue to migrate from the old look to the new, we decided to split-test a new way to access the knitting patterns.

While the "forms" have a little more style than the original one, in the background they function exactly the same way as our "basic" website form used to - submit your name and email and we send the login information.

We obviously need your email in order to send the login information, but it is always nice to be on at least a first name basis.

We're doing a bit of split testing. One form resides on our WP blog and the other form is an AWeber form located on various topic related pages. Once the website is totally rebuilt, only the AWeber form will remain on our website.

Needless to say, both forms work just as well as the old one. They've been tested and they delivered the info in just under two minutes.

Knitting Patterns Login Information.

The AWeber form is located in the right hand column on the "knitting" pages.

Delivery was not instantaneous but two minutes is quite fast when you consider the ISP hoops any email has to jump through to be delivered to your inbox. Spammers beware - we get your emails too.

Can you see us on your mobile? Forget the invisibility cloak.

We're out in the open on this one and now visitors are able to easily locate Hobbie's House on their mobile device.

Note: It is nigh on impossible to respond to anonymous yet pertinent questions submitted through our site blog post form without an email address to respond to.

Might as well contact us via email or submit your question through our Help Desk.

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Oct 26, 2012

Last Minute Costume Ideas

Steampunk Victorian Vampire Adult Plus Costume

Well...we are in the same boat...in need of last minute costume ideas.

A certain someone would like to go Steampunk this year but going about the costume assembling a little late in the game.

Anyone have any quick and easy ideas for an adult male Steampunk costume? The Victorian vampire is great but we need something simpler!

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Oct 22, 2012

Creative Costumes For Children

Still need costume ideas for the little ones in your family?

You may just have all the props required to assemble some of these adorable costumes, including the gnome costume which happens to be my favorite.

Check out this collection of creative costumes on Hobbie's Facebook page.

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Oct 12, 2012

All Things Harry Potter®

It's still the official shop for all things Harry Potter® but which would you rather have?

  • Take $5 off orders of $50 or more at WBshop.com with code WBAFF5! Shop Now!

    OR

    Save up to 50% on the entire selection of Harry Potter kids' Halloween costumes!

    OR

    Save up to 50% on the entire selection of Harry Potter adult Halloween costumes!

    Official Shop of Warner Bros

    Decisions, decisions...We're talking down to the wire. Halloween is a couple weeks away.

  • Apr 14, 2012

    RENT® is on the road again!

    Yes, how does one measure 16 years of RENT®?

    That's equal to 5,124 performances on Broadway, then a hit movie in 2005.

    This article appeared in the Arts section of the Sunday April 15, 2012 Washington Post.

    Both "Mark" and "Roger" are on the road again with new arrangements.

    In 2012, the RENT® sweater and scarf still tops the list of most requested items at Hobbie's House...

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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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    Sep 14, 2011

    Harry Potter Costume Set A Top Seller

    Harry Potter® costumes are going to be big this Halloween and Christmas.

    Wondering which Hogwarts® costume is the top seller?

    According to our stats it is the Deluxe Kids Costume set. This set includes black robe with clasp, Harry Potter's eyeglasses, and wand.

    So let the kids (and the adults) channel their inner wizard.

    Wondering which "wizard wear" products were top sellers this past week?

    Quidditch® styled sweaters with coordinating knee socks.

    Harry Potter® lives on...

    Harry Potter Deluxe Gryffindor Kids' Robe from Warner Bros.

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