I know a few of my readers knit and crotchet… you may be interested in this request, Knitters wanted! 🙂
The Penguin Foundation has a global callout for knitters to make pullovers for penguins in rehab.
Penguins caught in oil spills need the little jumpers to keep warm and to stop them from trying to clean the toxic oil off with their beaks.
Knitter Lyn Blom is the receptionist at Phillip Island Nature Parks in Victoria and has knitted many penguin jumpers over the years.
The Penguin Foundation is based at Phillip Island, which is known for having a large penguin colony.
Lyn Blom says it’s not just major oil spills that cause problems for local penguins.
“Fishermen might clean out a container or something while they’re at sea,” says Lyn.
“It’s a continuing problem,” she says. “We get probably about 20 birds a year.”
One advantage of knitting a penguin sweater is that they are small.
“They’re very quick,” says Lyn.
The Penguin Foundation also distributes the jumpers to other wildlife rescue centres where needed.