A Dream Come True!
The Danbo Brothers surprised me early this morning when they walked in sporting beautiful, brand new, hand-knitted hats and scarves! I just knew those guys would be able to procure some proper winter woolies!
I was dying of curiosity and couldn’t wait to ask the brothers how they came by their adorable little toques and scarves. Apparently, during their sojourn to the farmers market, they’d won the heart of a lovely lady, a custom knitter, who, in spite of her very busy schedule, enthusiastically took on their hat and scarf project (probably because, like so many who meet the Danbos, she was instantly charmed). She spent considerable time with the brothers, listening intently as they explained their very specific requirements, and taking careful notes as to size, colour, style and fit. She took everything they wanted to heart (although she did find Little Danbo’s request for a fuchsia toque and scarf to be a bit perplexing, and confirmed his choice with him several times.) Yesterday, they went back to the farmers market to pick up their new hats and scarves. They returned first thing this morning, excited and over-the-moon happy with their newly-acquired woolen accoutrements.
I couldn’t be more delighted for the pair. They’ve been searching for proper winter wear since early autumn, but their small size and disproportionately large, boxy heads apparently make them somewhat challenging to design and fit clothing for. Their search took them all over the city, to six different knitters, with a request for custom work. The first five flat out refused to take on their project, saying the work was too finicky. Had I not known of the Danbos’ quiet determination, I might have had some doubts as to the success of their project. But, for the Danbos, it seems as though nothing is impossible, and I knew it was only a matter of time.
The Danbo Brothers have been dreaming of having a Snow Day since they arrived here. And the Universe conspired to bring it about the exact moment they got their new winter wear, by arranging for a spectacularly delicious winter blizzard—just the kind they’d been hoping for. Last night, the snow started coming down in large, soft, giant flakes, silently blanketing everything in a deep layer of snow. And this morning, just as the Danbos came home from the farmers market, the sun started to peek through the clouds, adding a magical sparkly glow to everything. How perfect is that?
Oh, what fun those two had playing away the whole of the day in great piles of soft, white, fluffy snow! They plowed through shoulder-high snowdrifts, made snow angels, and Big Danbo even dug a snow cave for Little Danbo, who could not have been been happier.
It wasn’t until late afternoon, when the sun was low on the horizon but still shining bright, that the Danbos finally came in from the cold. They stamped their little feet at the front door, shook off all the snow and removed their snow-and-ice-encrusted winter woolies. I smiled, as the smell of wet wool instantly brought back my own happy childhood memories of coming in from playing in the snow.
Big Danbo fashioned a clothesline out of some kitchen twine, stringing it between two chair legs in a bright patch of sunshine, and carefully hung up their wet toques and scarves to dry. I made them each a cup of hot spiced tea and, as the sun set and the sky turned a dusky pink, they settled down in front of a warm fire with books they’d discovered on my bookshelf: Big Danbo with The Subject Tonight is Love, 60 Wild and Sweet Poems of Hafiz, and Little Danbo with Flower Fairies of The Winter, by Cicely Mary Barker.
The Danbo Brothers wish to thank their custom knitter, Jo-Anne, for her willingness to embrace this small but deceptively challenging project. The Danbos could not have found a more enthusiastic, creative and skilled knitter for their little hats and scarves and they are absolutely delighted with her beautiful craftsmanship and the excellent quality of her work. They highly recommend Jo-Anne to anyone who requires any custom knitting.
Thank you so much, Jo-Anne.
Please click on Jo-Anne’s business card to enlarge her contact information.
To find out who the Danbo Brothers are and how they came into my life, check out my previous post: Meet the Danbo Brothers.
All photographs by madlyinlovewithlife; © 2014 madlyinlovewithlife