I have a friend who likes penguins. She and another friend from university days visit Adelaide for a few days each year. Earlier this year a kit of penguin Christmas tree ornaments caught my eye in one of Herrshner's weekly sales so I bought it and worked on it in between other projects.
I rather like these felt ornament kits - pretty simple to do, take shape in front of your eyes - and exceedingly blingy.
They are all absurd - carrying candy canes, wearing top hats, scarves and bow-ties - and hurling snowballs.
The connection of penguins to Christmas? Snow, I guess. Given that penguins are Southern hemisphere animals and snow is a Northern hemisphere phenomenon in December just adds to the absurdity - in for a penny, in for a pound of absurdity I say.
My friends were in Adelaide last weekend - and Pat was very pleased with her penguins. I reckon anything that makes us smile as these do is well worth making.