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 Post subject: Penguins in Sweaters
PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2011 10:47 am 
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A good yarn: Knitters make sweaters for penguins after oil spill

It's a sad story with a happy twist. Blue penguins in New Zealand have been soaked with oil after a container ship ran aground near the east coast of the country's North Island earlier this month. New Zealand’s Environment Minister Nick Smith has described the oil spill as the nation’s “most significant maritime environmental disaster.”

In their oil-soaked state, the birds shouldn’t preen themselves because their feathers are contaminated. They also need help staying warm before and after rescue workers do what they can to clean them up.

So Skeinz, a knitting shop in Napier, New Zealand, put out a call for knitters to make little sweaters for penguins in need. And boy, have knitters around the world responded. One blog post from the folks at Skeinz.com ran under the headline “It’s raining jumpers.” Another ran with the headline “We have Critical Mass” — but Skeinz is still encouraging determined knitters to send their handiwork along to “keep stocks available for the Wildlife Rescue Team to draw from if required.”


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Ridiculously cute! I saw a pic of one of them in a little knitted tux jumper earlier but now I can't find it.

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Ridiculously cute! I saw a pic of one of them in a little knitted tux jumper earlier but now I can't find it.

Here it is!
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Holy hell. These pictures are the best part of my day. By far.

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There's a chicken rescue in the UK that also needs jumpers: http://littlehenrescue.co.uk/jumpers.aspx

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I wish I could knit.

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i wish i had a penguin in a sweater.


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Best thing I could have expected to see this morning.

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 Post subject: Re: Penguins in Sweaters
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I wonder if I can make the chicken sweaters and put them on the neighborhood chickens?


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omg penguin in a tux sweater. Loves :)


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keen_on_quinoa wrote:
jojo wrote:
Ridiculously cute! I saw a pic of one of them in a little knitted tux jumper earlier but now I can't find it.

Here it is!
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this is one of my favorite pictures ever!

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Now I have a new motivation to learn to knit more than scarves: jumpers for birds.

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The world just got more adorable.

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I'd seen the chickens in sweaters before but bloody hell those penguins look adorable and super happy.


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They apparently have enough for this most recent oil spill but are still accepting sweater donations for their back-up supply. I was going to make a few but sadly, they only want 100% wool sweaters. :(

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seitanicverses wrote:
keen_on_quinoa wrote:
jojo wrote:
Ridiculously cute! I saw a pic of one of them in a little knitted tux jumper earlier but now I can't find it.

Here it is!
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this is one of my favorite pictures ever!


*squeee* Me too!!

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that is the cutest thing i haev ever seen

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 Post subject: Re: Penguins in Sweaters
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Oh my god that is cute.


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 Post subject: Re: Penguins in Sweaters
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Just to add to the cute animal in sweaters theme:
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 Post subject: Re: Penguins in Sweaters
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AHHHH!
This is amazing.

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 Post subject: Re: Penguins in Sweaters
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A penguin who lives at a museum near me had a wet suit made for him after he began losing his feathers! They made a kids book about it, and have the little suit on display now.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=89951043

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It's official....animals in sweaters are pretty, freaking cute!


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Just to add to the cute animal in sweaters theme:


Whoa, that looks scary, like they're in a market or something...

Oh, I miss my bunny <3

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