Knitters wanted for penguin pullovers – ABC Melbourne – Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Knitters wanted for penguin pullovers – ABC Melbourne – Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Phillip Island Penguin with hand knitted jumper

This link was sent to me by Vickie at HorseMark HandMade Card before I even saw it for myself!  I am a frequent visitor to Phillip Island, one of the top ten most beautiful places on earth and home to many Koalas as well  as fairy penguins and many other aussie critters. On the subject of aussie critters, go and take a look at the deadly snake my friend Bev Cats’ bought home to her at Fozziemum. Cats are fine but poor old snake is no more. I admire snakes (from a safe distance) and hope it died of natural causes. There is a free pattern for a similar type of snake here. Crochet snakes don’t bite. I seriously doubt Dinnermintz and Marbles could bring down a snake that size and be here to tell the story. For tips on helping our domesticated anipals co exist with their environment click here.  Oil spills are intolerable.

Now I have some fairy jumpers to knit.

Author: gentlestitches

the future is in our hands.

36 thoughts on “Knitters wanted for penguin pullovers – ABC Melbourne – Australian Broadcasting Corporation”

  1. They are so cute in their little sweaters! I did read too via Facebook that they don’t need any more and they are being used on gift shop penguins, but in that way they are still helping to raise money so it’s still a worthy cause I say! Would love to visit one day 🙂

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    1. Lim Blom who runs the program said there hasn’t been a significant oil spill since 2001 but they still need sweaters (at least 20 a year) for minor oil spills like fishermen emptying out stuff over the side of the boats. The other jumpers go toward conservation programs for Phillip Island. Phillip Island is well worth a visit. Your little boy would love it there!
      Thank you for commenting Bec. 🙂

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  2. The penguins look so adorable in their jumpers. But it is so sad to learn of the oil spills and what these amazing birds have to endure. I knew none of it until reading your post now. Thanks for sharing this. I simply love penguins but am yet to see one 😦
    I read the link and it seems to me, they need no more sweaters. But I feel encouraged now to atleast crochet a dog sweater for a local animal charity !

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    1. Lim Blom who runs the program said there hasn’t been a significant oil spill since 2001 but they still need sweaters (at least 20 a year) for minor oil spills like fishermen emptying out stuff over the side of the boats. The other jumpers go toward conservation programs for Phillip Island. The postage to send one to Australia from overseas is prohibitive. I am sure the local animal charities would love a crochet dog sweater and small washable crochet blankets. 🙂

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  3. Isn’t this an awesome program! I read an article today that said the penguins’ sweater needs have been met by the generous donations from knitters all over the world, but they are still accepting sweaters, which will be sold on stuffed animal penguins in their gift shop. I’ll still knit one. I love the idea of helping out the little guys any way I can. http://www.oregonlive.com/knitting/index.ssf/2014/03/penguin_sweaters_yes_theyre_re.html#incart_river

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    1. Thank you so much. Yes that is a great article.You must put a little “squirrel picnic” something on it. An acorn perhaps. Phillip Island is a wonderful place and unlike the critters just live there as they have for ever just minding their own business.
      I will save this article thanks again. 🙂

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    1. I just checked the link. What can I say in a few words when I could write a 1000?
      Here goes. A problem with disasters is that they can make caring people feel overwhelmed and they shut down and turn away. You are showing kids that there is something we can do and this old world has faced many challenges and come through.
      What a gift you give kids both with helping them learn to read and giving them hope.
      The penguins are hard workers and great parents and if ever you come to my part of Australia I will personally take you on a “fairy penguin night parade” on Phillip Island.

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  4. What a great cause and the sweaters are adorable! Unfortunately shipping rates from the US will prevent me from participating 😦

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  5. you are very talented I have forwarded the request to my great friend Karen who im sure would like to knit penguin jumpers

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  6. OMG! I just broke a glass with my “squee”. Not only is that freaking adorable, how smart of those folks to find such a practical idea for helping those cute little guys recover? Amazing. Do you get a penguin if you knit a certain amount of sweaters?

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      1. Oh! That’s even better. You get to cuddle with them without any of the penguin responsibilities. I mean, do they even use a litterbox? Who cares! Come here and cuddle with me.

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  7. Oh I wish I could knit, to see one of this little guys with a sweater made by me would be wonderful. We better stay away from snakes, my mom is the snake-o-phobia on two legs :o)

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  8. Aren’t they the sweetest little creatures Penguins 🙂 and the jumpers are so vital to them! I think the old Red bellied black was dropped by a wedgie or hawk as on closer look seems to have been twisted somewhat by a bigger animal..Cleo just decided to bring it home…clearly a gift it had been dead awhile also on closer inspection and was high as a kite! they are beautiful creatures…beter at a distance!! I must get my knit on when I have some time as I have a pattern for the penguin jumpers 🙂 and yes I recommend the crochet snake….everytime my sweet friend 🙂 Hugs Bev xx

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