Nearly four years ago I planted about thirty tiny Hakea seedlings. They were tender little things about an inch high with two leaves each, and while I'd love to be able to report that they were cossetted and protected and lovingly looked after, the truth is that they were planted and left to get on with it.
Those that survived my not-so-tender ministrations currently range in height from a measly six inches up to about a metre, and this week I finally got my first flower.This is a Pincushion Hakea ... and if I hadn't already used the 'new alien life form' angle a week or so back, this would've been a perfect excuse to trot it out. Maybe I could've identified it as a mislocated aquatic species ... it does look sort of sea urchinish don't you think?
Contrary to it's outlandish spiky appearance, it is actually rather soft and delicate
unlike the current spinning
which may look to the casual observer to be the same as last week's sacred alpaca
but not so
this is XCorriedale, and where the alpaca was a beautiful soft silky understated grey and white, this is plain prickly blah beige and somewhat akin to spinning with wire.
When I was just starting out, this was the stuff I was talked into having - almost a kilo of it - and obviously not best suited to a hat or scarf or any other garment that might end up anywhere that might be sensitive to prickles... but it was a good choice for a beginner, she wa sright about that. You just wouldn't particularly want to wear the result.
I'm too cheap to get rid of it but I'm thinking that if I make it into socks they'll probably wear like iron ... or maybe another felted something ... and I could always dye it a more interesting shade. It's on track to turn out about fingering weight ... I could probably use it as makeshift fencing wire in an emergency
gratuitous cute cat alert:
MissC in her little cat habitation - the only one of my furrbabies to sleep in a species appropriate designated place