The Danbo Brothers: Snow Day!


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.


Snow Day!

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.



Danbo_WelcomeOPT2To find out who the Danbo Brothers are and how they came into my life, check out my previous post: Meet the Danbo Brothers.







Image Credits:

All photographs by madlyinlovewithlife; © 2014 madlyinlovewithlife

23 thoughts on “The Danbo Brothers: Snow Day!

  1. They are beautiful, the Danbo Brothers in snow,
    they will not catch cold, they are warmly equipped…
    Thank you for sharing, Jeannie.
    Have a good Sunday.

  2. You make the Danbo Brothers seem so very real, or are they real? :) I love their new winter hat and scarves. They are so lucky to have you :)

    • Of course the Danbo Brothers are real, Diane! :)) And I am so lucky to have them! They keep life pretty lighthearted around here. Those little hats and scarves really are adorable, aren’t they? Thanks for stopping by. :))

  3. Ha, ha ~ you really have a talent with the Danbo Brothers… I think you could make a great little reality show with them… Keep warm this weekend, and keep the creativity flowing :-)

  4. Well, those Danbo Brothers are now outfitted for winter, and they have their first snow experience — good for them! Their utter fascination and joy — pure joy — with the snow is so touching, and it harkens back to your previous post about enjoying winter (that our negative beliefs about the cold can keep us from enjoying the day, the elements). The Danbo Brothers are so innocent and zen-like, and all I can say is that I aspire to live my life the same way they do. What a wonderful holiday gift you’ve given all of us who love the Danbo Brothers, Jeannie!

    • Thank you so much for your thoughtful and astute comments, Debra! The Danbos really are innocent and zen-like—you’ve described their characters perfectly (and so eloquently). I hold the same aspiration as you and I know I’m fortunate indeed to have these two fun and playful little role models around to emulate. Thank you for your kind words and enjoy the rest of your holiday season! :))

  5. Well I am absolutely thrilled for the Danbo Brothers that they are now perfectly equipped to enjoy the winter weather and they don’t have to worry about being house-bound any longer. That certainly was fortunate that they discovered such a talented lady as Jo-Anne, and I’m sure they will make excellent use of their new accoutrements (as we say in the fashion industry Dah-ling). So I wish everybody a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year, from me and me to you and yours. Read you later.

    • Thank you so much, David! Indeed, the Danbos couldn’t be more delighted to have discovered Jo-Anne at the farmers market. She did such a fabulous job knitting their hats and scarves. And now their dream of playing outside in the wintertime has finally come true! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! :))

  6. Hello Jeannie,
    This is absolutely wonderful, and brings back many memories of my childhood – especially my first experience in the snow. Jo-Anne’s work is incredible, and their warm woolens are a *perfect* fit, down to the colours! Each colour is perfect for each brother, as always, they know what they want, don’t they? ;)

    Wouldn’t it be so cool if you could do a book along the lines of ‘Adventures with the Danbo Brothers’ or something along those lines? I’d be first in line to purchase a copy :))) (It’s one of my little dreams to do a photo book someday. Who knows, maybe someday!)

    Thanks for making my Monday morning. Wishing you and yours a great start to the week!
    Takami :)

    • Happy Monday, Takami! I think that the Danbos did a great job of choosing colours for their new hats. Ha…ha! I especially love Little Danbo’s choice: it’s hard to lose sight of him in that bright pink fuchsia hat! :)) And I agree that it would be fun to write a little book of the Adventures of the Danbo Brothers! And I totally believe that your dream will come true. I can clearly picture a beautiful glossy-paged coffee table photography book featuring your beautiful animal shots! Who knows what fun and delightful surprises the future holds for any of us? Thanks so much for your comment and enjoy the rest of your day! :))

  7. This is the first time I have seen the Danbo Brothers but I am already in love with them… it’s important to have perseverance with your dreams!

    • Hello and thank you so much for your comment! I’m glad you enjoyed meeting the Danbo Brothers. I totally agree that it’s important to stay true to our dreams, because our dreams really do matter. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Holidays!
      ~ Jeannie :))

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