If this doesn’t restore your faith in humanity, we don’t know what will. Alfred “Alfie” Date may be 109 years old but that hasn’t stopped him from doing what he loves: knitting. But not just knitting for people; rather, Alfie makes tiny jumpers for penguins.
In March 2014, Phillip Island’s Penguin Foundation in Victoria, Australia, needed knitters to donate their time and yarn to make wool outfits for little penguins to wear in the event of an oil spill. People from all over the world responded — including Date.
According to Nine News, it was about 80 years ago when he took up knitting, after his sister-in-law handed him a pair of knitting needles and some wool. The rest was history.
“She said, ‘Knit me a jumper,'” recalled Alfie, who lives in a retirement home on the New South Wales Central Coast. So he did. And that was his first effort — a jumper for the his nephew, who was born in the early ’30s and is now “old enough to be your grandfather.”
Alfie not only knits for the birds; he also knits scarves for friends and little beanie hats for premature babies. Because, of course he’s that amazing. He admits, however, that he’s beginning to lose some of the dexterity in his hands.
“I like to make it without mistakes and I don’t excuse myself for doing it,” he said. “(But) I think there is an excuse for a person who’s gone beyond the normal span of life.”
Perhaps if he’s not too busy (the foundation no longer needs jumpers), he can make sweaters for dogs.
He could even do a Christmas line for them.
Oooh, or what about goats?
If not, sloths are always an option.
But cats? Not so much.
Hmm, maybe he should just stick to penguins.