Here’s To The Amazing Animals Who Give Us Yarn

God only knows what I’d be without you, alpacas/angora bunnies/sheep.

1. When done properly, shearing is a process that doesn’t hurt the animals involved, and can even save them from the pain of carrying excess weight.

But knitters, crocheters, and fiber-lovers alike still owe a big thank-you to…

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2. Alpacas

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6. Merino Sheep

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9. Angora Rabbits

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Soooooo flufffffffyyyyyyyyyyy.

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12. Angora Goats

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Not to be confused with their identically-named rabbit brethren, angora goats don’t provide angora yarn but rather mohair.

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15. Cashmere Goats


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The family that beards together stays together.

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18. Muskoxen

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They’re responsible for qiviut, which is one of the nicest yarns you can possibly buy (and the most expensive — I’ve seen skeins go for nearly $100 apiece because of their warmth, durability, and seeming inability to shrink).

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20. Camels

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22. Not this impostor cat.

Although don’t knock crafting with cat hair until you try it.

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23. And of course, the classic sheep.

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Sweet hair, dude.

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26. So next time you pick up a skein (or seven) of your favorite yarn, remember to say thanks to the little dude who gave it to you.

A sweater or two should do the trick.

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