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Knitters are nice people

Posted by Fairy Yarnmother on October 22, 2011

I saw this in a blog and thought it was a hoax, afterall……. why would penguins need sweaters; but it’s true.  So now I want to knit this penguin jumper, but I’ll have to convert the pattern for the knitting machine!  Suppose they’ll like hand dyed yarns?  This is from the ABC news  blog,  Follow the Skeinz website for the pattern at the end.

New Zealand Penguins in Need of Sweaters

rex penguin sweaters ll 111020 wblog New Zealand Penguins in Need of Sweaters(Photo credit: Toby Zerna/Newspix/Rex USA)

A yarn store in New Zealand is making an unusual request that is pulling at the heart-strings of the world—they are asking people to sew knit sweaters for penguins affected by the country’s oil spill.

The “penguin jumpers” are intended to keep the birds warm until they are well enough to be scrubbed down and to prevent them from consuming oil on their feathers while preening.

The yarn store is called Skeinz and is located in Napier, New Zealand. They posted the request along with instructions and patterns on their website and have already received a “deluge” of jumpers.

“It’s really precious and overwhelming,” the store posted on its blog along with photos of piles of penguin sweaters.

On Oct. 5, a cargo ship ran aground in New Zealand, pouring 350 tons of oil into the ocean. The accident has been regarded as the country’s worst environmental disaster in decades.

More than 1,000 sea birds have already died as a result of the spill, including birds from the country’s native blue penguin population.

Oil can be extremely harmful to penguins, whose feathers are very different from other birds. They have very dense and tiny feathers of different lengths that stick onto them like Velcro, creating a waterproof pseudo-wetsuit.

“Basically, when you get even a drop of oil on these birds, it opens up a channel so water can penetrate,” Kevin McGowan of the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology told “It’s like a hole in their wetsuit.”

McGowan said the sweaters could be the equivalent of the plastic cones sometimes put on dogs to prevent them from scratching stitches after surgery or poking at head injuries.

“When they’re wet, the cold can penetrate, especially in water,” McGowan said. “You don’t want anything to penetrate through that wetsuit armor and oil is a pretty bad thing.”

Specifications and instructions for the penguin PJ’s can be found on the Skeinz website as well as the address where penguin-loving knitters can send them.


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A knitting machine from scratch

Posted by Fairy Yarnmother on April 23, 2011

This is great.  Look at the videos from correx37.  She’s made her own knitting machine from printer parts and an ancient computer. 

here’s her first video on a knitting gadget, she set up latch hooks in a row and found a way to knit by using the latch hooks.  

here’s the 2nd video, where she’s automated her gadget.

the 3rd video.  Now she’s got the printer motor moving the needles forward and back the way a knitting machine would. 

and here’s her final machine.  it’s completely automatic and will go until it runs out of yarn.  She named it MK2.  You can see the progress she’s made in her designs.   I’m sure her next machine innovation will have it make coffee.  :)

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2010 in review

Posted by Fairy Yarnmother on January 2, 2011

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 4,100 times in 2010. That’s about 10 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 21 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 66 posts. There were 41 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 58mb. That’s about 3 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was January 5th with 152 views. The most popular post that day was Link for DIY electric spinning wheel.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for knitting, hand painted yarns, sock blanks, CSM, knitting machine, make electric spinning wheel, and leg warmers.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Link for DIY electric spinning wheel May 2009


Sock Blanks–what they look like knit up October 2009


Sock Blanks October 2008


Estonian Cast on for Sock Knitting August 2009

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CSM video

Posted by Fairy Yarnmother on July 27, 2010

Just to brighten your day…… a cute youtube video: 

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Check out MadCityMike’s blog

Posted by Fairy Yarnmother on March 29, 2010

My friend, Jean, and I went to the Madison monthly crank-in this Saturday and Mike was there.  Mike’s a blogger and took photos of the event that he posted in his blog (the link is above).  He has a beautiful machine, it’s a NZAK and had also made some gorgeous tubies (sock blanks made on a CSM).  It’s so nice to have photos of the places you go and the people you meet, Mike’s a dedicated blogger and I’ve got lots to learn from him about this blogging thing.  He also took a photo of me and the blanks I brought to show everyone there, so go check out his blog and say hello.

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