Australia’s Oldest Guy Knits Sweaters—for Penguins

A two-week-old Little Penguin rests against a stuffed animal in an incubator at the Cincinnati Zoo, Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011, in Cincinnati.When Alfred “Alfie” Date moved into a new retirement home on the New South Wales Central Coast last year, his reputation preceded him. But it wasn’t his title of Australia’s oldest person that the facility’s nurses were most intrigued by. “I think I’d been in here about 12 hours, might have been 13,” says Date, now 109. Then “the two girls come in to me and say, ‘We believe you can knit.'” It turned out that Victoria’s Phillip Island Penguin Foundation was in need of sweaters for a species known as little penguins, affected by an oil spill. Date, who first learned to knit when his sister-in-law handed him wool and a pair of knitting needles 80 years ago, was the perfect man for the job, “I’m a sucker,” he says. “I can’t say no.”…MORE


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