Lazy kates are used to hold your bobbins while plying.
Some lazy kates are tensioned; they have a brake band that rides in the groove of the bobbins, to
keep them from spinning backwards when you are plying, thus making the job of plying
much easier - because you have more control over the yarn. Kates are also a good storage place for the bobbins that are
not in use.
We offer several models of kates, see below.
Ashford Vertical Style Kate, unfinished, holds three bobbins
(bobbins not included). Length of rods from inside arm to inside arm
measures 4 1/2."
Ashford Horizontal Style Kate, unfinished, holds three
bobbins (bobbins not included). Length of rod from inside arm to inside
arm measures 13 7/8".
Ashford Competition Lazy Kate
No more bobbin over-wind!
Suitable for single and double drive standard and jumbo bobbins. Control your bobbins when plying with the adjustable brake tension. Smooth stainless steel yarn guide to prevent your yarn from tangling. Bobbins are quick and easy to change. Convenient carry
handle. Four rubber feet prevent slipping or tipping. Stainless steel bobbin pins are removable for storage and transport.
Made from beautiful Silver Beech hardwood with a rich lacquer finish.
Bobbins not included.
Kromski Arch Tensioned Lazy Kate Holds up to three bobbins.
Length of rods from inside arm to inside arm measures 6
3/8." These tensioned Kates will accommodate most other brands of bobbins including Ashford (standard bobbins), Jensen, Reeves, Timbertops, Majacraft and Lendrum (regular and very fast bobbins).
Will accept jumbo bobbins, up to 5" in diameter. The Katie a-Go-Go™ allows spinners to take a fully
functional Lazy Kate with them no matter where they go. Best of all, the Katie
a-Go-Go™ has a fully adjustable tensioning system just like the larger Lazy
The Katie a-Go-Go™ fully assembles in less than a minute.
It has just 6 parts plus a carrying sack. There are no
tools required to assemble it. The user screws the center dowel into the
base by hand. They then insert the 3 steel bobbin rods. Then, they slip either 2
or 3 bobbins onto the rods and insert the tensioning dowel into the base.
Lastly, they wrap the cord around the bobbins and then pull their yarn through
the center dowel's yarn loop. That's it!
Parts list for the Katie-a-go-go includes:
7" x 7" x 3/4" thick Maple hardwood base
with 4 clear vinyl feet
Center dowel with sturdy stainless steel yarn loop
Tensioning dowel with cord and rubber band
3 - 8" x 3/16" tool grade steel bobbin rods
Sturdy zippered denim carry sack with a handle
A free set of 10 Spinning Project Kards is included (a
is no other Lazy Kate on the market that you can fit intoa
8 x 8 x 1" sack!
The Katie a-Go-Go™ accommodates up to 3 bobbins. Pictured above
are Majacraft bobbins which tend to have a larger diameter than many bobbins
currently on the market. The latest design uses bobbin rods which will
accommodate virtually all known bobbins on the market today.
Anything but Lazy Kate™
A kate with expanded capabilities based on an advanced design by Nancy's Knit
The "Anything but Lazy Kate™" has an extensive list of features that spinners will not find anywhere else.
First, it employs the tilt-back design for using gravity to provide a certain amount of tension on the bobbins. What makes
the tilt-back design unique is that it has infinite adjustability of the tilt angle. The user can adjust it from zero to 45 degrees and everywhere in between.
This is accomplished by means of a custom designed lid bracket that is controlled by an adjustable knob.
NKK also uses a tensioning post design that they developed for their ball winders and skein-winders. Each bobbin has it own adjustable yarn guide with a 1" diameter
wire-form which is perfect for art yarns. This means that each bobbin can be independently tensioned by means of the adjustable tension guide. But wait, there's more!
They also provide their standard tension cord system which is used on their Jumbo Katie-a-go-go. The tensioning cord is controlled by a peg. The cord runs around the bobbins and provides even tension on all three bobbins simultaneously.
Three forms of tensioning and yarn control in one kate! Unheard of, until now!
The dovetailed hardwood box even stores all of the guides, rods, peg, and knobs inside. The knob that adjusts the tilt mechanism also locks the box lid down so that everything remains intact. It even includes a handle.
The unit can hold three 5"+ diameter bobbins at the same time. In fact, there is 6" between each bobbin rod so
NKK provided extra room for those overloaded bobbins. The rods are 8" tall so the unit can fit any bobbin and even 7" cones!
The Anything but Lazy Kate™ will easily become the "must have" tool for spinners.
The unit measures 13.5" wide by 6.5" deep x 2.75" tall.
There are 4 knobs included and all are the same size and are interchangeable.
The three 8" tall stainless steel rods (3/16" diameter) are packaged in a DP Needle tube.
The rods can also be used with their unique drinking straw transfer and storage system for drop spindle users.
This kate does so many things which is why NKK named it the Anything but Lazy Kate
- because if you use it to its full extent, it will not have time to be lazy!
The Industrious Collapsible Lazy Kate
From Schacht Spindle Company. Made of maple and maple ply, with a
hand-rubbed oil finish. This kate is anything but lazy! The
Industrious Kate has an adjustable tensioning system
(turn the large end dowels away from the spring to tighten, towards the spring to loosen).
Holds three bobbins - even bulky! Collapses easily for storage or travel
by removing the four wing-nuts. Comes with directions for assembly and use.
Will accept bobbins up to 7" long, and 5" in diameter. The rods
that hold the bobbins are 1/4" in diameter. This is the kate that
comes standard with the Schacht Matchless Spinning Wheel.
Lazy Kate & Spinner's Tool
Handcrafted of Cherry by Pat Russo.
Measures 11" x 9" and will accommodate up to four bobbins, 4 1/2"
long and 3 1/2" in diameter with a 1/4" shaft. Includes spinning
wheel oil dispenser.