December 1, 2022: Wood products (skeiners, Kates) ordered past this point will likely not make the mail in time for a December 24 delivery. Ours is a very small crew and this is a busy season. Please do feel free to order, though: we’ll be delighted to make you a masterpiece as soon as we can :-)
This custom fabricated Lazy Kate consists of a solid piece of hardwood (American black cherry, hard maple, or black walnut) holding four carbon fiber shafts. Thanks to our AkerKate's unique engineering, the shafts are able to pivot up and down while remaining captive in the Kate, without risk of being lost or misplaced. Two endcaps protect the wood and house four rubber feet that reduce slipping/sliding during operation.
Our AkerKate accommodates up to four jumbo bobbins as large as 4.75" (121mm) diameter and 6.75" (171mm) tall. The shafts are undersized 1/4", 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. This Kate coordinates beautifully with Akerworks Flat-Pack Bobbins.
The AkerKate is a tensioned Kate: each bobbin's spin may be individually tensioned using our patented TensiTamers (US Patent #10427850) on each shaft. This is a special device that provides adjustable braking tension to the bobbin. These TensiTamers can also be used as a yarn guide if desired. Surprisingly versatile, they can even be configured to allow the use of the AkerKate as a spindle Kate! Four are provided with each Kate and can be stored on board the Kate when not in use.
Each AkerKate comes with a protective slipcover-style sleeve made of durable canvas duck.
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.
We celebrate the infinite variety of natural wood grain - your AkerKate's wood will have its own unique patterning and may include variations in color and character. Please let us know if you have a preference for a particular look and we'll happily try to accommodate.
Your AkerKate can be custom engraved with your name or a brief message. Add custom engraving after putting your selected AkerKate into the cart.