Mile High Merino is a collaboration between High Steaks Farming and 24 Mile Hollow Yarn Co (the knitter, indie dyer and designer), producing ethically grown, single flock, superfine Australian merino yarn.
The sheep are raised on native pastures, high in the hills of the NSW Central Tablelands and the 17 micron wool they grow is scoured and milled in Victoria.
Mile High Merino yarn is hand dyed in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney NSW, by Imogen Worden of 24 Mile Hollow Yarn Co using low impact acid dyes and the immersion method. The depth and shade of colour varies across the skin, making each one unique.
Imogen was taught to knit as a child but picked it up again while commuting 3 hours to Sydney for work. She wanted to make use of those travel hours so picked knitting. Feeling full of new beginnings, she got herself a copy of Knitting Without Tears by Elizabeth Zimmerman.
As a maker, Imogen was used to dipping her toe into other arts and crafts (tatting, crochet, patchwork, soft toys, dressmaking, lino cut/silkscreen/etching, jewellery, cheese making - the list goes on and on). So she thought she might add another and purchased 10 blank skeins of wool with the thought that dyeing looked like a bit of fun. Too soon her 10 skeins turned into a LOT more. With no intention of knitting all of the yarn she produced, she decided to sell some and The 24 Mile Hollow Yarn Co was born. Why that name? Prior to the mid-1800s Lawson, one of the first settlements in the Blue Mountains, was called 24 Mile Hollow.
Imogen dyes mostly with no plan whatsoever! She really loves playing with colour and likes to see what happens (usually a lot of pink - she really likes pink!). Sometimes she takes notes but sometimes not. Colour inspiration and yarn names come from the 80s. She's also a lot nerdy, food gets a feature every now and again, sometimes nature or architecture inspires her, and she's quite fond of puns.
Mile High Merino is proud to be supporting boutique businesses in rural Australia to produce this beautiful, soft fibre.
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