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There was a major oil spill off the coast of New Zealand last week, and natural wildlife is in danger as a result. To save the lives of many Little Blue Penguins affected, New Zealanders have been knitting tiny sweaters for their protection. The mini knitwear prevents them from preening and swallowing the toxic oil on their feathers, and keeps them warm while they wait their turns to be cleaned. A call put out by Grist.org earlier this week asked knitters to send in penguin-sized sweaters and provided patterns—and they’ve already exceeded their goal! As if these little guys didn’t already make us feel warm and fuzzy. (from InStyle magazine)
Calling all knitters, these penguins need your help! Skeinz, a yarn store in New Zealand, has come up with the cutest call to action, asking knitters worldwide to make sweaters for penguins affected by the 2011 New Zealand Oil Spill, which is regarded the worst environmental disaster in the country’s history.
Little Penguin Knitted Jumpers by Phillip Island Penguin Foundation Free knitting pattern - they keep a reserve of donated sweaters in case of oil spills.
Knit a Sweater, Help a Penguin in Need! The New Zealand oil spill has left the little guys in need of some warmth and protection, and a Kiwi yarn store has posted patterns for how to knit "penguin jumpers" and instructions on where to send them. It's a genuine request -- the woolens keep oil-soaked birds warm until they're well enough to be cleaned, and prevent them from nibbling oil off their feathers.