Calling all knitters: Your skills are needed, and this time it's not for a shawl or baby blanket.


Earlier this month, a Liberian cargo ship ran aground on a reef near New Zealand, spilling tons of heavy oil and devastating the area's fish, birds and wildlife. Environmentalists estimate that 1,000 sea birds have already been killed by the disaster, and volunteers are working furiously to save those birds still covered in oil.


That's where you knitters come in.


A New Zealand yarn store, Skeinz, has been asked to help with the penguin relief by knitting small penguin sweaters to help protect the birds and keep them from ingesting oil when they try to preen their feathers. They folks at Skeinz have even posted a penguin sweater pattern on their website and an address where you can send finished sweaters.