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    Posted on Jul 24, 2013

    Here's To The Amazing Animals Who Give Us Yarn

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

    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...

    Alpacas

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    Flickr: heinrichs_fj

    DO NOT MESS.

    Merino Sheep

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    Angora Rabbits

    Bethany Clarke / Getty Images

    Soooooo flufffffffyyyyyyyyyyy.

    Angora Goats

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

    Cashmere Goats

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    Fancyfancy.

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    The family that beards together stays together.

    Muskoxen

    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).

    Camels

    Not this impostor cat.

    Flickr: ullkika

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

    And of course, the classic sheep.

    Flickr: barryskeates

    Sweet hair, dude.

    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.

    Flickr: neilmackinder

    A sweater or two should do the trick.

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