Over at the Art Yarn Blog a serious relief effort is underway and you, dear reader, can pick up your knitting sticks or sewing machine and pitch right in. A group in England called Little Hen Rescue is hard at work trying to find homes for over 10,000 battery hens who have been kept in unimaginably cruel conditions for their entire lives. Often these hens will be underweight and underfeathered when they come out of their tiny cages and need an artificial layer of warmth to keep them comfortable until their feathers grow back. That's where you come in. Little Hen Rescue is asking everyone who can knit or sew to make hen jumpers (that's British for chicken sweaters). You can find sizing information and a handy pattern here.