The "Anything but Lazy Kate™" has an extensive list of
features that spinners will not find anywhere else. This
unit started shipping on 8/21/2012. It is the most advanced
Lazy Kate on the market.
First, it employs the tilt-back design for
using gravity to provide a certain amount of tension on the
bobbins. What makes our tilt-back design unique is that we
have infinite adjustability of the tilt angle. The user can
adjust it from approx. 10 to 45 degrees and everywhere in between.
We accomplish this by means of a custom designed lid bracket
that is controlled by an adjustable knob.
We also use
our tensioning post design that we developed for our World
winders and skein-winders. Each bobbin has it own adjustable
yarn guide with a 1" diameter wireform which is perfect
for art yarns. This means that each bobbin can be
independently tensioned by means of the adjustable tension
We also provide our standard
tension cord system (not pictured above) which is used on
our Jumbo Lazy Kate. The tensioning cord is controlled by a
peg. The cord runs around the bobbins and provides even
tension on all three bobbins simultaneously.
forms of tensioning and yarn control in one Kate! Unheard of,
The rods measure 3/16" diameter x 8.25"
long and they will hold all known bobbins. They are made of
Our 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 classy handle.
The handle enables the user to carry the unit like a small
The unit can hold three 5"+ diameter
bobbins at the same time. In fact, there is 6" between each
bobbin rod so we provide extra room for those overloaded bobbins.
Our rods are 8" tall so the unit can fit any bobbin and even 7"
cones! We even have optional 11.25" long rods available for
10" cones. Where else can you get such flexibility in a
announcing the ABLK we have also announced 2 other products
that use some of the same features as the ABLK. These are
our Yarn Pet™ and
Yarn Pet Duo™. These are
designed to hold your yarn balls (or cones) while you knit
but the ABLK can do the same thing that these do. With the
addition of the Cone Accessory Kit the ABLK owner can also
hold balls/cones of yarn and knit right from the lazy kate.
You do not need these other products unless you want more
Optional Cone Accessory Kit -
7" Yarn Cones can mounted onto the rods. 2 wooden discs,
an Allen wrench, two steel washers, and 3 steel collars are
available as an optional Cone Accessory Kit.
If you need a top notch cone holder (which can be
tensioned!), then get one or more of these kits.
Cone Accessory Kit includes 2 size discs for fitting inside
the bottom of the cone Plus we just added 2 rubber
stoppers which provide enhanced cone centering.
April 2013 update - we now include our special rubber
stoppers in our cone accessory kit which fit into the tops
of the cones and center the cone on the rod as well as
provide positive drive to the cones while the yarn is being
Click to view the:
User's Guide for the Kate
Instructions for Cone Accessory Kit
Well what can I say. We had a highly successful lazy kate for the past
10 years. Others tried to copy our design, but our features
and quality still reigned supreme after all of these years.
developed the Lazy Kate 2 (officially the Anything but Lazy
Kate™) at the urging of a local art yarn guru (Esther
Rodgers). We dragged
our feet for a long time (1 year) but then, we eventually
got our act together (and boy, did we!) and finally got the product
We made sure that we met
both Esther's design goals as well as ours and then we carefully
refined the design. Many custom designed parts were needed
for the LK2 which always takes time and costs a lot of money. But then comes the day when all
of the parts are in and we assemble the first production
unit. We run our tests and WOW! We then realize that what we had
hoped for in this design was now a reality! The unit is,
indeed, a truly unique product which has more capabilities
than any other Kate on the market.
It employs the "new age" tilt-back design for art yarn users
and it also
includes the traditional tensioning cord system for regular
lazy kate users. But then we go one more step beyond that by
adding a fully adjustable yarn guide tensioner for each
bobbin! This means that the user can tension their yarn 3
separate ways. Never in the history of lazy kate production
has there been anything like this. But we didn't stop there.
We gave the user a handle and a high quality hardwood case
that holds all of the parts - in style. You can carry it
like a miniature brief case.
I would never have
imagined prior to starting this project that such a great
kate was possible, but as always, when your design team focuses on
excellence and providing the end user with all the features
that we, ourselves, would want, then the team pushes itself to
produce the best design possible without too much regard to cost. In
the end, it is the right thing to do. Design for function
and form will follow.
8-31-12 update - we just added
a new option for the ABLK, a cone accessory kit which allows
the user to mount cones of yarn on the ABLK. A simple design
that works really well. We do not bundle it with the ABLK
because the majority of users will not use a cone. But for
those of you that do, you will find this to be a most
competent cone holder with tensioning.
- we now also offer users the ability to buy 11" rods which
are used to hold 10" cones of yarn.
update - we offer a special kit that allows Ashford Country
Spinner users to mount their really large bobbins on our
kate. The kit includes 2 specially designed stainless steel
tubes that fit over the normal ABLK rods plus a custom
designed anti-tip bracket to allow the ABLK to tilt its lid
back with the CS bobbins installed. This is more than likely
the ONLY Kate that can handle these large bobbins.
We hope that our
customers will agree that this is the most complete lazy
kate system ever produced. We are not finished yet, either,
and have some other add-ons/options planned. This is the
reason that you should always
select your fiber tools from a tool maker like Nancy's Knit
The Anything but Lazy Kate™
will easily become the "must have" tool for spinners.
Note: 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.
Our three 8-1/4" tall stainless steel rods
(3/16" diameter) are packaged in a DP Needle tube. All
bobbins will fit onto these rods. In addition to bobbins,
these rods can also hold 7" cones (we will have
optional cone supports discs that will attach to the rods).
The rods can also be used
with our drinking straw transfer and storage system for drop
We also offer optional 11" tall rods
for those who want to mount 10" tall cones
This Kate does so many things which is
why we named it the "Anything but Lazy Kate" because if you
use it to its full extent, it will not have any time to be lazy!
Anything but Lazy Kate™
by clicking below -
is a great product and you will really enjoy
using it. It is truly the Cadillac of lazy kates.
Order an ABLK with std.
Order a Cone
for use on the Anything but Lazy Kate or the Jumbo
Lazy Kate or the Yarn Bobbin & cone holder
Country Spinner Option
We have an option that adapts the HUGE Country Spinner bobbins so
they can fit onto the Anything but Lazy Kate. The change consists of
stainless steel tubes that fit over the 11.25" rods which then allow
the bobbins to fit snugly onto the tubes.
Here is the ABLK in action with Country Spinner bobbins.
video which demonstrates
our Country Spinner Option
We are adding a special support bracket that will extend rearward
to prevent the ABLK from tilting backward when really heavy bobbins
are installed and the tilt-top is raised to add tension. The bracket
will be user installable and will pack inside the ABLK when not in
use. This item is available now.
Price for the Kit which will enable 2 CS bobbins to be
installed $40 (does not include the
ABLK). Includes new Anti-Tip Bracket.
Lay Flat Operation
As of the late Summer 2014 all ABLKs ship with an additional
series of 3 holes in the top. This allows the user to mount their
bobbins in these inner holes which permit the top of the ABLK to
lay flat. This is anew standard feature.
If you own an ABLK already and want to add these holes, here is a
link to instructions on modifying your ABLK.
Call us for more info