Celtic Diamond Lazy kate (a tool for spinners)

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Project by peanutga11ery1 posted 10-17-2009 09:46 PM 3291 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I make tools for hand-spinners, called Lazy Kates. The tools are used to hold your bobbins after you have spun singles on your spinning wheel. I provide tensioning so plying can be more even.

I hand-carve my kates with hand tools and some power tools, and I really love historic designs. I’ve recently been working on my original artwork as well.

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#1 posted 10-17-2009 09:49 PM

Wow, that’s fantastic! I’m a spinner myself – may have to get one of those after I move.

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#2 posted 10-18-2009 12:14 AM

Have no idea what I’m looking at, but I like the carving! lol. I can tell Elizabeth knows what it’s for.

-- John @

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#3 posted 10-18-2009 01:55 AM

Looks great. Now if I knew what it was used for I could be totally impressed.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#4 posted 10-18-2009 03:08 AM

Karson – Spinning bobbins (look like oversized spools of thread) go on the metal rods. The spinner pulls on the ends of the yarn to do various other spinnerly-things to it, and the lazy kate keeps them orderly. The tensioning wire prevents them from spinning too fast when the yarn is pulled off and snarling or letting the amount of twist redistribute itself.

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#5 posted 10-18-2009 03:17 AM


-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#6 posted 10-19-2009 12:28 AM

Hi! The lazy kate works buy helping to control how much your singles come off bobbins as you ply. If you look at most yarn, it has more than one strand twisted around each other—usually 3-6, sometimes even 8. I have a business making carved lazy kates (after I made one for myself and everyone loved it and told me I should make them to sell). I’m working on getting a video up on my blog of a kate in action, but have a busy weekend right now.

My dad is a woodworker and I grew up in the shop (have one sister (older) who was not interested in helping Dad, so I was the default helper. Made dad proud when i took shop instead of home ec in jr high).

Anyway I’ll put up another one soon that shows bobbins on it, I need to get more photos but life is too busy just now.

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#7 posted 10-19-2009 12:35 AM

nice work ,
i think i figured it out .
the cord ( snug ) keeps the ‘bobbins’
from spinning and running to much yarn out .

great carving !

welcome to LJ’s .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#8 posted 10-19-2009 04:01 AM

Well done & welcome to Lj’s

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#9 posted 03-04-2011 02:33 AM

Very nice.

-- Leonard H.

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