Monday, February 28, 2011

Yarn U iPhone App Update: 20 New Yarns, 100+ Images

This is Knitpicks' Comfy Fingering Weight. I'm eager to try it if only to recreate Casey's success knitting her Stitch in Time sweater. Isn't it darling in Comfy?

I've heard so many good things about Shelter, I just need to try it sometime soon. The colors are just so rich. Besides, I adore this dress pattern, designed by TT820. I'm eager to do in at least four different colors, Missoni style.

The new Debbie Bliss yarn, Angel. Wouldn't you like a pair of fingerless gloves like this?
A gauzy long sleeve sweater, also in in Angel, just looks yummy. I have no idea how this feels, but I'd pair it with a contrast stretch lace long sleeve top underneath.

If I've been quiet as of late, it's because I've either been knitting late at night and watching Turner Classics or updating my newest app, Yarn U.  It takes a lot of work to update an app. Not only have I corrected any mistakes I made the first time around, I've been adding new information, particularly fiber content and yardage. Plus I added new goodies and eye candy. I love all my new additions, but especially those with pretty pictures. Now I should tell you I haven't tried any of these yarns yet. Operative word yet. My stash is growing, it's not nearly as big as its fabric counterpart. The fun part about writing about these new yarns (and they truly are new for the most part, particularly Brooklyn Tweed, Quince & Co. and Debbie Bliss' newest yarn: Angel) is that I figure intuitively that I'll be adding all these online additions real-time sometime soon. I can't quite explain it.

Anyhow, here are some questions I've gotten and some answers to comments made in iTunes review.

  1. How come there are no patterns?? I can't put patterns in this app. They are copyrighted information which I don't have permission to use (although many designers generously shared photos). I did my best to provide links to appropriate patterns, especially those that are free. 
  2. Can I tag photos? I wish. I've been asking the developers about this, but I've yet to get a response. It would be a great way to get ideas for future projects wouldn't it? I'll keep at it though. It's a terrific idea.
  3. Why do you have discontinued yarns? There's no real good excuse here, except that I had access to the images, and I needed yarns to fill out the first version of my app, so there they are. However, I will eventually phase them out. But lots of them do have pretty pictures and I'll bet my Denise interchangeable knitting needles they would be great inspiration for future projects. Now you Noro fans, should be I getting rid of some of the late and great? You just let me know.
  4. Why don't you have (fill-in-the-blank) yarn? Well, I'm working on it as fast as I can. Ella Rae, more Blue Sky Alpacas, Misti Alpaca, Berocco and others. They're all on my to-do-list. I'll get them in the app as soon as I am humanely able to. It's a one-woman shop here and I've got other projects on various stove burners. 
I'm finished uploading 20 new yarns. After a little testing tomorrow, I'll turn it over to the developers and I suspect the next update will be live a week from now. Stay tuned! I'll let you know when the update is available. Keep those iPads and iPhones ready!

P.S. For those of you who have Yarn U and haven't written an iTunes review....I could use a nice 5-star review to mitigate the effect of a 1-star review. Many thanks in advance!

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