yarn crafts

Тhis is not exactly a traditional Bulgarian martenitsa, but it’s a wonderful toy for younger kids. I used these colors because we have only red and white yarn at home just now. I’m not too good at knitting, though Lily has promised to teach me at last.

It’s quick and easy to make. I don’t think there’s even a need for explanation :)

What is ‘martenitsa’?

In Bulgarian folklore the month of March is often portrayed as a plump, cheerful old lady, “baba Marta”. The 1st day of her reign is celebrated with red and white ornaments in various designs – as bracelets, brooches, pom-poms… 
The origins of this ritual are lost in time, but the meaning is clear – they are luck charms you give away to wish good health (and good looks, too!) Friends, family, even pets and domestic animals get one.They are also a countdown to spring – you wear them every day until you see the first stork, or swallow, or blossoming tree. Then you take themartenitsa off and tie it to a branch.


What Others Are Saying

  1. Jacqueline Costa 10/01/2017 at 02:58

    I use to make octopus by crocheting them by this looks a little easier by the way you did it thank you.

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