Sweaters for Penguins

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Sweaters for Penguins? Have I completely lost my mind? This blog post may not be as ridiculous as you might think, it is a sad story, with a happy (feet?!) ending.

Image c/o Animal Tracks

Skeinz, a yarn store in New Zealand, put a call out to knitters worldwide on 11 October, to knit sweaters for penguins affected by the New Zealand Oil Spill

"As you may be aware the oil spill & potential disastrous effects to wildlife & environment off the coast of Tauranga is frightening. A small number of little blue penguins have already been caught in the oil spilled to date with growing fears that more will be effected. Skeinz has been asked to help with the penguin relief by knitting small Penguin PJ’s to help protect the birds & prevent them from preening their feather & ingesting the toxic oil."

Quote from The Yarn Kitchen; Skeinz blog

Soon after, little penguin sweaters flooded the store from around the world, which the press caught hold of, appearing on TV3 News and Good Morning America

The TV3 Cameraman c/o Skeinz blog The Yarn Kitchen

Less than a week after the initial call out, Skeinz reports "I have just arrived home briefly & called into Skeinz to see all the jumpers for myself. This is a sample of the deluge we have received over the last couple of days. It is really precious & so over whelming."

and soon after "we do have critical mass of jumpers"!

Sweaters for Penguins
Image c/o laughingsquid

A heartwarming story, related to such a tragic event.



Patti said...

Oh, such a good story to open up the day! How sweet they are in their little jumpers!

Frugal Down Under said...

I remember something similar in Australia a few years ago. Unfortunately all the other birds preen themselves too but seem to be harder to dress.

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