Has anyone ever actually done the math to figure out how long russia’s scarf is? I’m at work and can’t google atm, so I was wounder if any of you lovelies know off hand?
Since I am a nutcase when it comes to owning scarves of extreme lengths myself, I grabbed one that would be approximately the same girth and density as a Ukrainian handmade scarf from back in the Novgorod era (ok, not really, but I used a scarf with a design that I’ve thought of redoing in light pink).
- 2 wraps around the neck (relatively loosely) = 180 cm
- 3 wraps (a little tighter, but looks more full like the official pictures) = 270 cm
182 cm x 5/8 x2 ≅ 227cm
180 cm –OR- 270 cm
408cm –OR- 498cm
I think we can safely assume that Ukraine would use the measurement system of the day, probably rounding pretty closely to the nearest easy unit. Since poor Russia was under the Tatar yoke fairly early on, we’ll go with that system.
- 1 Arşın = 4 cirek = 16 qarış = 28 dúym = 711.2 mm
aka units were approximately 71cm.
Best guess for an easy length:
- A: 2 wraps = 408cm = 5.73 Arşın → round it to 6 Arşın ≅ 426cm
- B: 3 wraps = 498cm = 7.00 Arşın → no rounding! – OMG 5 METERS (how did Prussia sneak in?!)
For those of us stuck in imperial measurements, that’s 14 ft (2 wraps) OR 16ft 4in (3 wraps)
FOR COMEDY VALUE:
How much yarn would this take?!?!?
Russia’s a big dude, and I think if Ukraine went all out when he was a psychotic but adorable munchkin with a freaking 6 or 7 Arşın long scarf, I’m gonna guess she went whole-hog and made it about 25 cm wide (that’s pretty wide for a handmade scarf let me tell you)
OMG MORE UNITS
- Duym (дюйм), thumb = 25.4 mm = 2.54cm = 1 in
- Qarış (вершок) = 44.45 mm = 4.445cm = 1.75in
Haha, just kidding, I’m going to assume thumbs here, cause I don’t think my mind can handle Qarış (how does one make that plural?!).
- 10 thumbs = 25cm = 10 in
(Shitface, I can’t handle dimensional analysis in other systems, we’re using metric again with our estimated values from previously)
- A: 25cm wide x 426cm long = 10650 cm sq
- B: 25cm wide x 498cm long = 12450 cm sq
From knowing things about knitting and estimating, here is the conversion for how many cm sq one gets from 1m of yarn length:
- Worsted weight (18sts over 10cm): 9 cm sq / 1m
- DK weight (22sts over 10cm): 8.1 cm sq / 1m
- Fingering weight (26-28sts over 10cm): 7.25 cm sq / 1m
- A: worsted=1180m, DK=1315m, fingering=1470m
- B: worsted=1380m, DK=1540m, fingering=1700m
Now I know that Ukraine loves her brother very much, but I refuse to believe she would use yarn any thinner than fingering. Take a look at your average store bought sweater: a finely knit (and probably expensive one) has fingering weight or finer. A thicker sweater would be more in the DK area. If you own any handmade sweaters by someone who loves you but isn’t in love with you, the knitter probably used worsted weight.
My best guess is that she used approximately a DK weight – it’s easy to spin and is a nice balance of thickness and time spent.
And I’d hazard the guess that Russia triples the scarf around his neck because holy balls can it get cold.
Therefore, if I were to replicate this scarf (for purely historical purposes of course, in no way would I snuggle it and/or imagine lewd things that America would do with it), I would plan on using about 1500m of DK yarn.
YES YOU READ THAT CORRECTLY – RUSSIA’S SCARF TAKES OVER 1 KILOMETER OF YARN
HOW MANY SHEEP IS THAT?!?!
Let’s assume that the modern Northern European short-tailed sheep is the one that was dominant in the area when Ukraine and Russia were tiny (it’s possible!). I’ve done a little research, but I can’t really find out how much a generic sheep of that variety yields, so I’ll take a range of many breeds.
- 1 sheep yields between 5 and 15 pounds of usable wool (2.26kg to 6.78kg), but let’s knock off about 50% because I don’t think sheep were cared for quite as well 1000 years ago. Yield: 1.1 kg to 3.3 kg
Modern DK weight can get about 120m from a 50g ball, so a sheep would yield about 2600m to 7900m
Handspun DK loses about 20-30% from commercially made yarns: 2000m to 6000m
CONCLUSION: Russia’s scarf took about 1 full sheep to make. Not bad!
edit: oh crap people saw this before I started sourcing my info. inserting it ASAP!
Have a kawaii pixel Ivan, I guess (╹◡╹)
Sort of a counterpart to this Alfred by Zeemo.
reasons why puni is perf
Patriotic much, huh? xD
Anyway, it all started with a headcanon that appeared in my head… According to it, while Russia likes sunflowers, fem!Russia should really like chamomiles. After all, you see those flowers in Russia way more often than sunflowers xD
So… the picture happened to be rather big >_< Had problems with the trees and the clothes - I’m so ashamed that I don’t know much about our traditional costume xD So, don’t take those ornaments seriously, I made them up.