Jumpers for lambs: Knitting project brings warmth to orphaned lambs

SURVIVORS: Bruschetta and Spunky wear their new warming jackets with lamb rescuer Maggie de Roy. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0826jklambs3
SURVIVORS: Bruschetta and Spunky wear their new warming jackets with lamb rescuer Maggie de Roy. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0826jklambs3

When Maggie de Roy received a parcel in the mail last week she was surprised by its contents.

“The package came totally out of the blue,” she said.

“I opened it up and it was the weirdest thing.”

Inside were two little knitted jumpers intended for lambs that had been sent by a stranger.

Mrs de Roy lives on a property at Borenore, and rescues and cares for lambs from a neighbouring farm.

The drought has hit the farm hard with only two lambs surviving after their mothers were not healthy enough to look after them.

“These two are healthy and kicking, though one I revived twice,” she said.

So the two lambs, named Bruschetta and Spunky, have been given jumpers to keep them warm.

The Lamb Jumpers, Helping Our Farmers project has been set up in NSW to encourage keen knitters to create jackets for lambs.

Mrs de Roy said while the jumpers arrived in the mail without her asking for them she had heard of the project.

A pattern is available at its Facebook page.

There is also a list of places knitters can drop off their work for dispersal to farmers.

In Orange Julie Mendham’s Caboodle shop in Anson Street is one of those drop-off centres.

She said people were knitting for the cause as farmers in the area needed help.

“I’ve got a few that have been dropping them off,” she said.

Farmers can also request jumpers for their stock on the Facebook page.