Friday, April 13, 2018

Friday the 13th Superstitions and fluff

Friday the 13th Bunnies -art work by Diana Levin

Friday the 13th is considered an unlucky day in Western superstition. It occurs when the 13th day of the month in the Gregorian calendar falls on a Friday, which happens at least once every year but can occur up to three times in the same year. In 2017, it occurred twice, on January 13 and October 13. In 2018, it will also occur twice on April 13 and July 13. There will be two Friday the 13ths every year until 2020, where 2021 and 2022 will have just one , in August and May. 

 The fear of the number 13 has been given a scientific name: "triskaidekaphobia" (try saying that 13th times in a row eh!) ; and on analogy to this the fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskevidekatriaphobia, from the Greek words Paraskeví (Παρασκευή, meaning "Friday"), and dekatreís (δεκατρείς, meaning "thirteen").

The superstition surrounding this day may have started in the Middle Ages, "originating from the story of Jesus' last supper and crucifixion" in which there were 13 individuals present in the Upper Room on the 13th of Nisan Maundy Thursday, the night before his death on Good Friday.  While there is evidence of both Friday and the number 13 being considered unlucky, there is no record of the two things being referred to as especially unlucky together before the 19th century when Rossini (the composer ..died on a friday the 13th so I  wonder if it was started by that unfortunate event?)

However, it is not all over the world that this Friday the 13th superstition exists: In Spanish-speaking countries, instead of Friday, Tuesday the 13th (martes trece) is considered a day of bad luck. The Greeks also consider Tuesday (and especially the 13th) an unlucky day. Tuesday is considered dominated by the influence of Ares, the god of war (Mars in Roman mythology). The fall of Constantinople to the Fourth Crusade occurred on Tuesday, April 13, 1204, and the Fall of Constantinople to the Ottomans happened on Tuesday, 29 May 1453, events that strengthen the superstition about Tuesday. In addition, in Greek the name of the day is Triti (Τρίτη) meaning the third (day of the week), adding weight to the superstition, since bad luck is said to "come in threes". Tuesday the 13th occurs on a month starting on Thursday.

In Italian popular culture, Friday the 17th (and not the 13th !) is considered a day of bad luck. The origin of this belief could be traced in the writing of number 17, in Roman numerals: XVII. By shuffling the digits of the number one can easily get the word VIXI ("I have lived", implying death in the present), an omen of bad luck. In fact, in Italy, 13 is generally considered a lucky number.

However, due to Americanization and pop culture like the horror movies Friday the 13th, nowadays people consider Friday the 13th unlucky as well. Don’t overdo it ! Before you know it every day will be an unlucky one ..LOL The 2000 parody film Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the Thirteenth was released in Italy with the title Shriek – Hai impegni per venerdì 17? ("Shriek – Do You Have Something to Do on Friday the 17th?"). Friday the 17th occurs on a month starting on Wednesday by the way.

According to the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville, North Carolina, an estimated 17 to 21 million people in the United States are affected by a fear of this day, making it the most feared day and date in history. Some people are so paralyzed by fear that they avoid their normal routines in doing business, taking flights or even getting out of bed. "It's been estimated that [US]$800 or $900 million is lost in business on this day". In Finland, a consortium of governmental and nongovernmental organizations led by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health promotes the National Accident Day (kansallinen tapaturmapäivä) to raise awareness about automotive safety, which always falls on a Friday the 13th. The event is coordinated by the Finnish Red Cross and has been held since 1995.

A study in the British Medical Journal, published in 1993, concluded that "'the risk of hospital admission as a result of a transport accident may be increased by as much as 52 percent' on the 13th." However, the Dutch Centre for Insurance Statistics on 12 June 2008 stated that "fewer accidents and reports of fire and theft occur when the 13th of the month falls on a Friday than on other Fridays, because people are preventatively more careful or just stay home. Statistically speaking, driving is slightly safer on Friday the 13th, at least in the Netherlands; in the last two years, Dutch insurers received reports of an average 7,800 traffic accidents each Friday; but the average figure when the 13th fell on a Friday was just 7,500. So, there’s hope for us yet. If we are careful, wrap ourselves in fluff , Friday the 13th may not be that bad after all !

I don’t believe I am particularly MORE prone to accidents on Friday the 13th , mainly because I’m extremely prone to accidents at all times no matter what day or date it is…I am one of those people who can fall UP stairs, trip over air or get a deadly coughing fit just by breathing. I know! It’s a skill. Not one I am extremely proud of or advertise, but it does mean, there are very limited chances that you will see me successfully skiing off slopes or running hurdles.

The only place where I feel safe and comfortable is when I am diving or swimming. Nothing…so far…fingers crossed…has ever happened while I was underwater, but I am not tempting fate today. Would be a bit hard since we live in the mountains and a bit far away from any stretch of ocean unless you count a murky and very low on water dam at the moment and there is absolutely no way of me diving in that unless the forest around us is on fire.

I have been dyeing up a storm in the last week with a lot of lace weight yarns and my home spun bunny mink yarns in preparation for the Handknitters Guild Show in May (see Dates to put in your calendar at the end of this blog).

Next on my list are two THREE…sock weight yarns: IxCHeL Silver Star yarn with cashmere and silver, Rapunzel Gold Yarn with (yes you guessed it : Gold specks of bliss) and an amazing home grown and Victorian spun IxCHeL sockweight/4 ply/fingering yarn. I also have been experimenting a LOT  with shapes and textures and dyes. It is so much fun, especially when there is an unexpected perk of texture and shapes : see  a Barnacle Shawl in the making below. I am planning one in Indio shibor dyed sock yarn and trying hard to come up with a technique that does not involve weaving in a gazillion ends... let's see if I get there in the next blogs to come !

For tonights update there are DIVA tops on offer in all their glory ! A super soft blend with SUpersoft merino, Cashmere, Silk, Angora bunny and some glitz to add that extra bit of bling! Have fun snaffling up some of tonight’s offers !

IxCHeL Diva Tops 

100 grams AU$24

SuperFine Merino, Cashmere, Silk, Angora Bunny, Glitz


Rose Velvet

Cheese and Heather

Silver and Gold

Woad Me…

Indigo Go Go

Captain Jack and Ianto

Peacock Party

Unicorn Farts

Teen Exorcist

Please don't hesitate to contact me at any time if you have any questions okay? Always happy to enable. All my contact details are also to be found at the end of this week’s blog entry.

Have a Creative and Fun week!

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Dates to put in your Calendar


 A fabulous day filled with lots of yarn and fibre goodies and spindles, bowls and lots more !
An amazing day out !
Hope to see you there !
You can find the IxCHeL Stall and wall of colourful yarns and fibre at stall nr 1 and 2 at the front entrance. You can’t miss us !

Friday July 20th to Sunday July 22nd ;

Australian Sheep and Wool Show, Bendigo.
Go to to see what is happening and book your tickets. The Bendigo Sheep and Wool show is the biggest wool show in Australia ! with an amazing amount of woolcraft, indie dyers, a huge amount of tops, yarn, craft, felt and spindles, spinning wheels and anything you need for your knitting,crocheting and crafting.
 I will be there with an amazing amount of new exclusive wool blends and yarns, batts, felt and landscape and botanical natural dyes and so much more !!!
I will also have spindles by the amazing Bearded Dragon and lots of fibre tools as well from darning mushrooms to noste pinne and needle cases to distaffs. And, there will also be Turkish spindles from my friend Scott Snyder of offer again !

Get ready for a fabulous weekend filled with lots of craft and fun !!!


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