This FAQ was written by Sarah Bradberry
May 24th 2001 and will be updated
as need arises.
Last updated May 14th, 2012.
You can view this FAQ on Sarah Bradberry's website at http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/penguinfaq.htm
Questions covered in this FAQ
are penguin sweaters for?
2: Are there still oil spills in Australia?
3: Are Penguin sweaters needed any more?
4: Why are penguin sweaters collected at Phillip Island?
5: Why are penguin sweaters collected in Tasmania?
6: Where can I get a pattern?
7: Where should I send the sweaters I have made?
8: Where can I purchase a Little Penguin toy wearing a sweater?
9: Where can I go to keep updated about this information?
When an oil spill affects penguins
they are dressed in little knitted
sweaters to stop themselves preening
their feathers. This prevents them
poisoning themselves by ingesting
the oil. The sweaters are removed
and discarded as soon as the penguins
can be washed.
Some organisations also use the sweaters on penguins while their natural oils replenish themsleves.
No. Oil spills are very rare in penguin populated areas. However, stockpiles of little sweaters are collected by some agencies "just in case" an oil spill ever happens.
In a word, yes. But not because there have been any oil spills! (See questions 4 and 5)
The Philip Island Penguin Parade
organisation collects penguin sweaters
to be sold in their gift shop (They
even put them on cute Little Penguin
toys). The funds are then used for
research and conservation projects.
(See question 8 for details of where
to buy one).
Since these sweaters are never used on real penguins, they may be knit with any fancy or colourful yarn. The fancier the better!
The Tasmanian Conservation Trust no longer collects penguin sweaters.
Even though they are no longer collecting
sweaters, The Tasmanian Conservation
Trust still has a pattern available
online at http://www.tct.org.au/jumper.htm#Tasmanian
Note: Australian 4 ply yarn is fingering weight. While Australian 8 ply yarn is double-knit weight.
You can find a conversion table for needle sizes at http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/tips/convert.htm
To find out where to send your knitted
sweaters send email to:
Philip Island Penguin Parade: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Tasmanian Conservation Trust are no longer collecting sweaters. To find out about their new penguin conservation projects you can visit their website at: http://www.tct.org.au/jumper.htm#Tasmanian
You can purchase a toy online at the Philip Island Penguin Parade Gift Shop http://tinyurl.com/penguinfaq
The Philip Island Penguin Parade
website can be viewed at http://www.penguins.org.au/
You will need to email them for information at email@example.com including your return email address as they do not keep the information on the website.
The Tasmanian Conservation Trust also has a website at http://www.tct.org.au
They have all the info you need right on the webpage
This FAQ is copyright Sarah Bradberry
October 24th, 2002
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