Here's a charity knitting project with a difference. The call's gone out for knitted penguin jackets to keep little blue penguins caught up in the oil spill warm and snug, and to keep them from preening themselves.
Here's the link - http://felt.co.nz/blog/2011/10/knitting-for-penguins-caught-in-rena-oil-spill/
Apparently it only takes about an hour to whip up (maybe a little longer if you are a slow knitter like me!), is ridiculously cute and one way your average mumsie can do something to help.