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Friday, November 25, 2005

Sweaters for Penguins - Tasmanian Conservation Trust

Tasmanian Conservation Trust

Over at the Makezine Blog, I found this story about a Tasmanian project to collect handknit sweaters for penguins who were caught in oil spills. I thought at first it was a joke, but no, it's the real thing.

I found this image of fairy penguins in colorful jumpers at an Australian news site.

Aren't they adorable?

The project is now over - they report that they collected over 15,000 sweaters, or "jumpers" as they are called in former parts of the British Empire. Their current effort is focused on motorist awareness of the penguin habitats - apparently there's a large problem of penguins crossing the roads being struck and killed.

The jumper patterns, however, are still available at the site - kept around against the horrible event that they are ever needed again, I imagine. While there may not be a current call for jumpers for penguins, I imagine the patterns could still be useful - how about a handknit jumper for the stuffed penguin you give a favorite child for Christmas?

Meanwhile, I'm just going to bask in the wonder that is handknitting - it's saving penguins! Is there anything it can't do?

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