After the publication of an article announcing the newest itunes app for knitters and crocheters by Interweave Press, the genuis behind Yarn U sent an email asking for a review of an application for itunes called Yarn U.
Yarn U is an app that Detroit area knitters can use on their Apple products that will help with descriptions and information on yarns while shopping.
This reference application contains descriptions of many yarns you will find in patterns or magazine articles. The Yarn U application can be very helpful when shopping for yarn substitutions or websites that carry the yarn of your choice. This application compliments the Interweave Books itunes app and works great together as a powerful duo for the astute yarn shopper.
Yarn U was developed by Mary Beth Klatt, a freelance writer on subjects such as Fashion, Design, Historic Preservation, Real Estate and Architecture, Food, Wine & Spirits. Ms Klatt has also developed an application for fabric lovers; Fabric U, that is also available at the itunes app store.
In reviewing this program, this writer found the database to be easy to peruse; you can sort by yarn weight, type, content, yarn name, company name or everything. Once you have made your selection, a description page appears.
The description page describes the yarn and yarn content while offering Pros and Cons concerning the yarn. Links in the description will take you to patterns in external websites. You, the user, also have the ability to leave comments in the database. Many comments describe sales on yarn that are found at the users local yarn shop. This data ages fast and I’m not sure these are necessary.
However, since this application is still evolving, there are several suggestions I would like to make to the developer.
Updating the database with newly created yarns and yarn companies is a relentless task, but the need to have current ‘hot’ yarns in the database is paramount. Yarnies know about the normal or standard supply of yarn companies and types, but are more interested in the current yarns available, and where to find them.
One yarn company I didn’t find in this application is Universal Yarn, manufacturer of the Debbie Macomber line of Blossom Street Yarns. Debbie Macomber is a fiction writer that bases many of her books around a yarn shop on Blossom Street. Ms. Macomber is also an avid knitter, yarn shop owner and pattern developer.
Another trending yarn type missing is the ‘web’ type yarns. These yarns are hot, hot, hot and work up fast into ruffled scarves. Universal Yarn makes Marina, Berroco manufactures ‘Lacey’ and Red Heart created ‘Sashay’, to name a few.
The focus lately is on saving our local ‘mom and pop’ stores and buying locally. This application does not show the yarn shopper local resources for the yarn they are researching, but instead points only to web stores. My suggestion is to send the consumer to the page at the yarn website that lists shops that carry the yarn. The shopper can then scroll to their city and state and know where to see the yarn in person so they can touch, squeeze and decide if the yarn is what they are looking for. Many yarns and colors do not translate well to computer monitors.
You can find this app in the itunes store by searching for Yarn U, at a very nominal cost. The app is undergoing updates with new enhancements available soon.
Detroit area knitters can use this app while shopping at their favorite local yarn shops. Shop local to save small businesses.
- Artisan Knitworks
- Basketful of Yarn
- City Knits
- Crafty Lady Trio
- Fun with Fiber
- Have you any Wool
- Heritage Spinning and Weaving
- JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores
- Knitting on the Fringe
- Knitting Room
- Labor of Love Yarn & Fiber Arts
- Mary Maxim Needlework and Crafts
- My Craft Room
- PK Yarn over Knit
- Skeins on Main
- Sweet Pea’s Yarn & Gifts
- The Wool and the Floss