Alfred “Alfie” Date, Australia’s oldest person, has revealed that he spends his time knitting tiny jumpers for penguins to protect them from oil spills.
Date, 109, a prolific knitter who learnt the craft from his sister-in-law in the early 1930s, responded to a plea for small jerseys from the Penguin Foundation, a group which tries to protect a colony of the creatures at Phillip Island, 130km southeast of Melbourne. Date, who lives in a nursing home, said he had been knitting “easy single-rib and double-rib” stitch jerseys for the little penguins.
“If you’re using a light wool you’re wasting your time,” he said.
He said staff at the nursing home last year heard he could knit and suggested he put his skills to use. He said he should be forgiven for occasional slip-ups.
– The Telegraph