Monday, October 24, 2011

Sweaters for Penguins

In case you haven't heard, there was a terrible oil spill in New Zealand in early October and it has caused what is probably the worst environmental tragedy the country has ever seen. The penguin population of New Zealand has been hit quite hard by it:
The fallout from the incident, which saw Rena run aground on a reef last Wednesday, is already being felt, with seven little blue penguins and two cormorants recovered and treated today at a centre in Tauranga.
If you are a knitter, there is a way you can help. New Zealand yarn company Skeinz has put out a call to action to get people to knit sweaters for the rescued penguins. This may sound crazy, but I can assure you they are vital accessories and not tragicrafting. The sweaters keep the penguins from preening themselves and ingesting the oil, which can be a serious problem. Of course it also has the added bonus of being totally adorable.
Cutest Call To Action Ever of the Day

Directions on knitting the sweaters and information on where to send them are on the Skeinz website. If you knit, please take time to help out a penguin. And if you don't, do what I did and help spread the word. 


  1. FYI...from the Skeinz blog:

    "The Wildlife Rescue Centre do not require any more jumpers, but if you have completed one, send it as we have another rescue centre who has requested the surplus once the crisis has abated."

  2. That is both awesome and adorable. Yay penguins!