Projects for Good: Penguin Sweaters

rtxkihhAren’t they cute? What could be cuter than a penguin in a sweater? Adorableness aside, these cute little guys NEED sweaters! These guys are Little Penguins and live down under.

But sweaters? On Penguins?

From here:

These knitted penguin jumpers play an important role in saving little penguins affected by oil pollution. A patch of oil the size of a thumb nail can kill a little penguin. Oiled penguins often die from exposure and starvation. Oil separates and mats feathers, allowing water to get in which makes a penguin very cold, heavy and less able to successfully hunt for food.

When oiled penguins are admitted to the Wildlife Clinic at Phillip Island Nature Parks, a knitted jumper is placed on the penguins to prevent them from preening and swallowing the toxic oil before they are washed and the oil removed by staff.

Now you know I’m not a knitter but I might be able to figure out a pattern for these adorable and needed little numbers to be made with one stick instead of two. (If you’re interested in working on this, here’s the knitting pattern.)

(Photo from here.)

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Projects for good: Project Mittens (@Mittens4Detroit)

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From Mittens for Detroit's Twitter

I actually didn’t have anything for you today, but over on Fiber Flux she posted about doing this project, “Mittens for Detroit“. It seems this particular mitten drive will be over February 14th, but if you can get them to them before then you can be entered into their Lion Brand sponsored drawing. Or if you’re feeling really inspired and connected to other crafters, you can have your own drive! (Email them for specifics.)

I know I’m a little late to the game on this one, but I just found out about it but I had to share.

Or hey if you just want to crochet some mittens here are a few patterns to try (Free Ravelry login required). (Also this one looks really easy.)

*Are you doing a fundraiser or handmade goods drive that you’d like me to share? Email it to me and we can talk about setting up a Project for Good post for you.*