Taming my Akha spindle

 

 

I bought an Akha spindle from Spindlewood many years ago, but never learned to use it properly. The spindle is very nice, and well made as all spindles from Spindlewood. But I didn’t quite understand the technique with Akha spinning, so I put it away and hoped for better luck later.

That later came a couple of days ago, when my Swedish friend Anna-Britta posted in a Swedish spinning group on Facebook. We had a very interesting chat, watched a few videos on Youtube, and I got inspired enough to pick up my Akha again.

This time I succeeded! It’s so fun! And it’s amazingly effective for cotton spinning. Thank you once more Anna-Britta!

Now I’m waiting for the weather to be warm enough for carding punis outdoors. It was snowing yesterday, but also a few warm and nice moments with an optimistic sun peeping through the clouds. So, maybe next week?

Snow in the middle of May… not unseen in earlier years, but this is too much. It’s been one of the coldest springs the last 100 years.

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  2. spindlitis

    I have two Akhas. One is a traditional one and the other is a modern version. Both are excellent for spinning cotton. FYI, I really learned to spin cotton from watching an Ethiopian woman spin while visiting Toronto. She used a tiny high whorl, with the whorl made out of gourd, a cane shaft and a metal staple opened up for a hook. She spun while supporting the spindle, then would let it spin suspended after a thigh roll. So many different ways to spin!

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