Penguins need sweaters

Look at 'im in 'is widdle swedder. Just look at 'im.

Seriously, though, apparently penguins caught up in oil spills sometimes need sweaters to keep them from preening their feathers and ingesting toxic oil. The Skeinz yarn store is looking for people to knit penguin sweaters. They even provide instructions on how to do it.

Also, come on. Penguin sweaters.

Thanks, Noah Hall!


    1. Presumably he’d notice this at the same time that he realized the rest of him is a stuffed animal too…

  1. here is a NZ tweet that better explains

      Can you knit? Penguin jumpers needed for #NewZealand penguins affected by oil spill. #knitting

  2. My wife’s grandmother keeps knitting dishrags and handing them out to the family in bulk… This would be a way better use of her time.

    1. I salute your grandmother-in-law.  Knitting in cotton is hard on the hands, since the fiber has no real elasticity, and the tension to achieve gauge must be held by the knitter’s throwing hand.

      I’ve been knitting these for family and friends since my grandmother passed away.  I’ve probably knit 20 of them since August, to meet their requests.  Once you’ve used handknit dishclothes, it’s tough to go back to those thin, cheap store-bought ones.

  3. They make these for parrots out of t-shirt material – they often develop a kind of OCD which causes them to pluck out their feathers, and the little t-shirts prevent that.  I’m wondering if these penguin sweaters need to be knitted, or can they be sewn from a cheap fabric?  It would definitely be more efficient.

    1. They did. If you check out some of the pics, you can see a sweater with a little bow tie. Never underestimate knitters.

    1. It is Spring in New Zealand (where the oil spill happened) atm – so, yeah, they probably do still need sweaters

  4. In 2000 a similar call went out for 100 penguin sweaters and over 15,000 were received. Skeins (the yarn shop cited) says they already have enough sweaters.

  5. actually, snopes has it as true! if you read, the pic of stuffed animal was posted by one of the knitters- doesn’t mean they don’t actually go to real penguins.

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