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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
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
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.
Order the trademark "reproduction" RENT Sweater and Scarf as worn by Mark Cohen in the musical directly from this page.
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.
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
Are you into scrapbooking your Halloween adventures each and every year as the children grow up?
We're happy to share two wonderfully colorful digital scrapbook kits - perfect for your Halloween photos. The kits are from Lemur Designs.
Today, we advanced the delivery date to NOVEMBER for all NEW orders received as of September 10, 2014.
Not sure where the year has flown but if you check the Halloween countdown calendar, Spook night is fast approaching!
Recently, we shipped another sweater and scarf set to the United Kingdom. As we continue with orders for September and October delivery, per special request, we are also developing a pattern (in acrylic yarn and multiple sizes) for the Dr.Who "cricket jumper".
Thank you for your continued business in 2014!
A custom knit reproduction of the sweater and scarf worn by Mark Cohen in the RENT© Broadway production and movie.
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
Measurements - There is a difference between actual and finished measurements - How to pick the correct size garment.
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
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.
Hobbie's House of Wizard Wear
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
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.
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.
A collection of the best wizard wear resources to help you complete an award winning costume.
Here are simple sweater care instructions for all Hobbie's House of Wizard Wear knitwear.
Ancient costumes - their history and influence throughout the centuries.
The Sports Team Sweater - perfect for all those wizarding games. Have it custom knit in your team colors.
Check out our custom knitting services - when you're looking for something uniquely yours.
Hobbie's Knitting Pattern Membership Site - Our Collection of "Wizard Wear" Knitting Patterns
How storing wool sweaters properly during the summer months will help prevent costly damage.
Knitting pattern collection for Harry Potter® inspired sweaters, vests, cardigans and more.
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.
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
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
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:
Create your own Hogwarts® scene with life sized removable wall art.