Happy Valentine’s Everyone!
I hope this weekend finds you happily spending time with your loved ones.
This year instead of a greeting card, that will assuredly find it’s way to the old round file sooner or later, I decided to make something a little different for D. I spent a few days crocheting a Red and Green Macaw! Isn’t he just adorable? I wasn’t sure I could actually accomplish this task after I downloaded the pattern and realized it was 44 pages long! But it turns out it was not as difficult a task as I first thought. This guy, the macaw not D, is 21″ long from the top of his head to the very end of his tail feathers. After his first photo shoot he found a home on the mantel and seems happy there. I do think I just might have to make him a friend or two one of these days.
Maybe these fun facts will give you something to talk about while you’re out and about over the weekend.
Oh; and if you are a fellow crochet enthusiast and would like to find this pattern it is by CAROcreated design and I found it over on Ravelry.
- At one time, people thought that the heart, which pumps blood, was the part of the body that felt love. In fact, when the Egyptians mummified their dead for burial, they removed every organ but the heart because they believed the heart was the only part of the body necessary for the trip through eternity.
- The popular medieval folk belief that birds choose their mates on February 14 made doves a favorite symbol for Valentine cards. The dove was sacred to Venus and other love deities and was known for choosing a lifelong mate.
- Valentine’s Day was first introduced to Japan in 1936 and has become widely popular. However, because of a translation error made by a chocolate company, only women buy Valentine chocolates for their spouses, boyfriends, or friends. In fact, it is the only day of the year many single women will reveal their crush on a man by giving him chocolate. The men don’t return the favor until White Day, a type of “answer day” to Valentine’s Day, which is on March 14.
- Valentine candy “conversation hearts” have a shelf life of five years.
- The symbol of the ribbon, which often adorns modern-day Valentines, is rooted in the Middle Ages. When knights competed in tournaments, their sweethearts often gave them ribbons for good luck.
- Lace is often used on Valentine decorations. The word “lace” comes from the Latin laques, meaning “to snare or net,” as in to catch a person’s heart.
- Small pieces of mirror were sometimes used on the more expensive and elaborate Valentine cards produced during the golden ages of Valentines (1830s-1850s). “Mirror” comes from the same Latin verb as “admire”: mirari, “to wonder.
- There is no one accepted explanation for the connection between St. Valentine and love. Etymologists report that the letters “v” and “g” were once interchangeable in common speech. The Norman word galantin, meaning a “lover of women,” was at one time both written and pronounced valanta or valentin, from which “Valentine” could have been derived.
- Teachers receive the most Valentine’s cards, followed by children, mothers, and wives. Children between the ages of 6-10 exchange more than 650 million Valentine cards a year.
- Richard Cadbury produced the first box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day in the late 1800s.
- Shakespeare mentions Valentine’s Day in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and in Hamlet.
- Traditionally, young girls in the U.S. and the U.K. believed they could tell what type of man they would marry depending on the type of bird they saw first on Valentine’s Day. If they saw a blackbird, they would marry a clergyman, a robin redbreast indicated a sailor, and a goldfinch indicated a rich man. A sparrow meant they would marry a farmer, a blue bird indicated a happy man, and a crossbill meant an argumentative man. If they saw a dove, they would marry a good man, but seeing a woodpecker meant they would not marry at all.
- “The High Court of Love” was established in Paris, France, in 1400 and is the first known official celebration of Saint Valentine’s Day. Composed of 30 women, it dealt with love contracts, violence against women, and betrayals.
- Famous people born on Valentine’s Day include John Barrymore (1882), Jimmy Hoffa (1913), Jack Benny (1894), Carl Bernstein (1944), Renée Fleming (1959), and Florence Henderson (1934).
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