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Yarn can be made out of so many different fibers, both natural and synthetic. Natural fibers usually come from the fur of animals, such as sheep (wool), rabbits (angora), and goat (cashmere or mohair). or from plants, like cotton, bamboo, and the hemp plant. These days, people have discovered how to make fibers out of shrimp and crab shells (chitin) and milk proteins (milk casein)! It's important to find out the fiber source of the yarn you are using for a particular project because you want to be sure if the elasticity, the washability, the warmth or coolness, and the finished appearance of the yarn is appropriate for your chosen project.