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The Akerworks Flat Pack Lazy Kate!
We are so proud of this Kate. It's been so much fun to develop, beginning with an excellent collaboration with our friend Jude (lovechild on Ravelry) and continuing on through many design revisions. We've received enormous help from an intrepid team of volunteer testers who've put them through their paces... and now they're READY!
So... Some facts to start:
Bobbin Capacity: up to four jumbo bobbins, up to 4.75" (121mm) diameter and 6.75" (171mm) tall. This Kate can hold four of any bobbin Akerworks currently makes, including those compatible with HansenCrafts' miniSpinner, jumbo Majacraft-compatibles, and even our new SuperJumbo Lendrum-compatible.
Shaft Diameter: the shafts are "undersized 1/4 inch shafts" measuring 0.240" diameter, so bobbins used on 1/4" flyer shafts (Ashford, Lendrum, Hansen, etc.) as well as bobbins for larger flyer shafts (Majacraft, Schacht, Kromski, etc.) will work quite well.
Overall Dimensions: 4.9" x 13.1" x 1" (125mm x 332mm x 25mm)
Weight: ~26oz. (740g) This value ranges a bit, depending on the specific piece of wood.
Structure: a solid piece of hardwood (American black cherry, hard maple, or black walnut) holds the four "pivot assemblies" that cradle the doweled bases of the four solid carbon fiber shafts. The shafts are thus able to individually pivot up and down while remaining captive in the Kate, without risk of being lost or misplaced.The two endcaps protect the wood and house four rubber feet that reduce slipping/sliding during operation.
Here's how it looks with four bobbins in place:
TensiTamers: atop each bobbin in that image is a special device that provides individually-tunable braking tension to the bobbin. These TensiTamers can also be used (on a shaft without a bobbin), as a yarn guide if desired. Four of them come with each Kate, and those four can be stored onboard the Kate when not in use. Here's a closer look at this extra-magical feature:
Protective Sleeve: each of our Lazy Kates comes with a protective slipcover-style sleeve made of durable canvas duck. This will help keep your Kate safe when you slide it into your project bag.
So! That's a quick overview of our flat-packable Lazy Kate. Please let us know if you have any questions. You may also wish to check out the tester feedback on our Ravelry Group here, and ask of those testers anything you might wonder about using the Kate.