iPod Application Review
In the interest of full disclosure, I was given a free download code to download this app for review purposes, but apparently mangled it, because I ended up being charged the $2.99 anyway. I don’t think this affects my ability to deliver the review, but it did make me feel a bit stupid. 😦 I have the iPhone/iPod version, and am using it on my daughter’s iPod Touch (which is several years old).
What Yarn U Is
This app is basically a database of yarn manufacturers. It includes a list of yarn brands, and partial lists of their yarns. It includes the basic statistics on the yarns, photographs and comments on the various yarns from other Yarn U users, as well as a map showing where the yarn manufacturers are located.
What it is Good For?
Let’s face it, most of us check out new yarns on Ravelry. Why would we want a dedicated app for that? Well, right off the bat(t), I find it awkward to get online and surf on the go. It’s nice to have an actually portable database, with some idea of pros and cons, user comments, and MSRP if you happen to find yourself in a yarn shop without time to do homework ahead of time. Note that every yarn has pros and cons listed, so that may be more information than you could find on a specific yarn on Ravelry (unless you posted to the forums asking for opinions). It’s also nice to be able to see what yarns are manufactured locally (not many, as it turns out).
Where Could it Use Improvement
The price is probably a bit high, and the database could use more entries. On the other hand, she’s putting out frequent updates and revisions, so the second problem is getting better all the time, and it won’t be too long before it’s value catches up to the price tag. The more often you buy commercial yarns the more use you would get out of this app.
Blog Contests and Giveaways
I’ve entered a Buffalo Shawl design contest at the Musk Ox – Qiviut blog. (April 30 deadline) – the prize is… the yarn to make the shawl and bragging rights as the publish your pattern. So don’t go sending your master pattern… 🙂 I also entered a giveaway for a skein from Countess Ablaze (March 18).
I didn’t win the Crafty Hare gift basket, the Knit and Seek Tosh Merino Light, or either of the Phat Fiber giveaways this time around. I did win the Diary of a Smart Chick bumper sticker giveaway – I’m looking forward to getting this.