HobbledehoyFibers.com LAUNCH!

Woohoo!  It's officiallyofficial, HobbledehoyFibers.com has been green-lighted for lift-off, and there's a 10% discount available with code "  october wool  " at check-out.

Currently, there's a flat-rate shipping charge of $4 for domestic orders and $6 for international orders, but that will be eventually changed for weight based shipping.

Also, I'm launching my new fiber club- the HobbledeClub!  For details, check out December's listing:

December edition

And now, a little note on the increased prices:
I have been forced to re-evaluate my pricing scale after years of maintaining the same prices as my supplies have increased in costs.  Also, I've learned that I need to incorporate more than just the time it takes me to card an item into the price tag.  Accounting has never been one of my strengths, but recent explorations of my book-keeping records has show the necessity for a small increase in product prices.

I know that several of my customers are facing hard times, and I know what it feels like since my husband was unemployed for most of this year, so please understand that I am more than willing to card smaller batches of fiber for those on a budget, or for my felting friends which require much less fiber than spinners.  Just ask :)


launch is still postponed

I'm officially postponing the launch until tomorrow morning.  That way, none of you trick-or-treating parents miss out!  It looks like everything will be peachy by then :)

In the meanwhile, I'm tickled to share the following link:  my friend, the very talented spinner and dyer Sosae interviewed me for her blog, and there's a give-away involved.

Don't order yet!

Yikes!  I thought everything was good to roll, but I realized that there are two pretty serious flaws still on the site, and I'm asking you kindly not to order anything until the official launch this afternoon.

I hope everything works out!  I'm a bit of a giant stressbucket at the moment.

Meanwhile, I just have to share a photo of my little lamb!  We were going to dress her up as Yoda, but the costume was on back-order.  I think this suits her just fine, and I hope she someday forgives me for this.


the big switcheroo!

Finally finally!  After months of waiting for my website to be complete - I'm ready for a launch!  I'm going to have a Grand Opening this Friday, and I can hardly wait. The site will be announced that day, after a final test-run.

It's been really rough, sitting on a pile of product, unable to purchase more until the launch was underway.  I should have unleashed it on Etsy, but I kept thinking... maybe this weekend things will be ready, and then things weren't ready, so I'd optimistically think maybe next weekend.   That chain of thinking went on and on and on...  but now, for some news!

The good news:  I have a few art yarns spun up, a whole bunch of hand-carded super-gorgeous roving, and a big pile of novelty batts along with a sampling of my newer luxury batts that will be available on the new site.  I'm also starting a new subscription plan which is going to be filled with optional craft-alongs.  Also, the  new site will allow discount codes, and I'm going to unleash a sweet deal for the shop's launch.

The good for me but not for you news:  I sold a significant chunk of what I planned to put on the new site to a private buyer, so the Grand Opening isn't as super-stocked as I had planned.  But don't pout- I promise I'll crank out LOTS more over the next few weeks, and I am taking a limited amount of special requests until December 1st.

The jump up and down and shout for joy news:  Though they won't be released until closer to December, new fiber bases for batts and roving other than Merino are on their way.  Yay! 

And now, for a little preview of what's in store:

For those of you who may be wondering- yes, I will always sell on Etsy.  I love Etsy, but Hobbledehoy is going through a growth spurt this Fall/Winter.



rainy blustery

October may be my favorite month, but I'm surprised by how chilly it is indoors suddenly.  I'm layering Iggy up and tucking her pants in her socks to keep her legs warm, and the heaters might have to be turned on tonight.  Pre-baby, We would have toughed it out until November.  Even though Ig has never experienced illness (how weird and rare is that for a 9 monther?) I don't want to risk it.

I finished knitting that little sweatery shirt for her, but since it has little cap-sleeves, I'm now knitting a tiny shrug with some gorgeous Plucky Knitter yarn to go over it.  Next knitting project, a Gnome hat using this dear pattern from Pumpkinhaus and some handspun.

My site is nearly complete, and I'm filling in the FAQs today.  I just have to wait on a little nameserver pointing and shopping cart set-up details to be completed by my programmer, and then----- Grand Opening time!  I'm very very excited, especially over the debut of my new luxury triple-carded batts.  I'll have gobs of new fibers and new wools other than Merino coming in later this month or next month, and am looking forward to one woolly warm winter.