Hey Urs, Great info about apples and nuts. I have two cents to add.There is a tradition in Korea when a couple gets married called the pae bek ceremony. I had the rare privilege of observing this ceremony while I was living there. It goes like this: after the formal wedding ceremony (as they are practiced in modern Korea), the wedding couple and the groom's family don their hanbok (traditional Korean dress) and go to a special room. In this room, the bride and groom pour tea for the groom's parents, then to the groom's eldest brother and his wife, and all the way down the line of the groom's family. After this happens, the bride and groom hold a piece of (usually silk) cloth while the groom's parents throw nuts and fruit at the newlyweds. The bride and groom try to catch the fruit and nuts on the cloth, and the amount that is caught is an omen for how many children the couple is expected to produce. :-)
Thank you so much for letting me in on the Magic Knot. I just finished viewing it and I am certainly going to give it a try. What a great invention for knitters!