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Hand Knit Sweaters for Penguins

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Published March 7th 2014
Knit a pint-size sweater and save a penguin
Do you knit? Have you got a spare couple of hours to knit a sweater for a penguin?

Yes you heard right. The Penguin Foundation seeks worldwide knitters to send them pint-sized pullovers to keep little penguins warm after a rescue mission to help save them.

The Penguin Foundation, based in Phillip Island, home to a large colony of little penguins, has rescued hundreds of little birds over the years, particularly those caught up in the Rena oil spill that occurred off the coast of Tauranga in New Zealand 2011.

There is still a knock-on effect of the spill, and these mini-sweaters not only keep our little feathered friends warm, but also prevent them from trying to clean the toxic oil off with their beaks.

There have been hundreds of sweaters knitted over the years, and whilst there are approximately 20 penguins rescued at the centre each year, The Penguin Foundation also distributes jumpers to other wildlife rescue centres where needed.

You can download your penguin sweater pattern, and find out where to send your finished knits here, and read more on The Penguin Foundation's wildlife rescue here.
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Great article great fund raiser would love to see a pengiun jumper runway lol
by Anne Dignam (score: 2|870) 2592 days ago
Congratulations on your competition win :)
by Fiona Anderson (score: 2|984) 2576 days ago
I read about this on Facebook just the other day.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12626) 2591 days ago
Gorgeous Erica - think we should get the crocheters of the world onto it as well - can't let the knitters have all the fun!
by Julie Mundy (score: 3|1738) 2586 days ago
This was definitely one of the quirkiest articles, so well done on coming first.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12626) 2578 days ago
Such a worthy cause - thank you Erica.
by Lucy (score: 3|1157) 2589 days ago
Oh, how beautiful they look in that photo. This is such a great idea. Now, where are my needles? And where do I buy some brown and gold wool (go Hawks)? :)
by Sue Stevenson (score: 2|569) 2586 days ago
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