I received a promo code for an iPhone app called ✄ Yarn U ✄ a little while ago. It’s taken me some time to feel I truly had a feel for the app, and whether it was right for me, hence the delay in posting a review. However, I’ve come to my decision about it.
While the people who like this app will – I think – love it, it’s not tailored to my kind of yarn purchasing. It seems to be more suited to people who have a specific yarn in mind and want to find pattern ideas or get information about the yarn. I am more likely to disregard pattern suggestions and knit whatever feels right.
The yarn are sorted mostly by weight, but I don’t always agree with the sorting. For instance, I noticed that fingering weight yarns were sometimes in the lace weight category. Now, I know some people are using fingering yarn for lace patterns for a variety of reasons. I have done it myself. But a fingering weight yarn does not become a lace weight yarn simply because you are using it for lace. (It’s possible there’s a reason for this decision; I didn’t ask.)
Also, it doesn’t include ALL yarns, but then, how could it? There are tons and tons of yarns out there. Many of the ones I thought to look for were there. One noticeable absence was Blue Moon, maker of my favorite sock yarn (well, one of my favorite sock yarns). However, the designer does seem to be really on top of adding new yarns as time permits and requests come in. Kudos on the reply time to comments, too. It seems like great support, which doesn’t always happen with apps.
One weird quirk that I noticed is that the shortcut to jump to the top of the page seemed disabled. (If you don’t know how to do this, tap on the white – or black – bar at the top of the iPhone’s screen. The one that displays the time and signal strength. It should jump you to the top of whatever page you are reading. Oh – in the newest iOS, anyway.)
So, in summary, while this is a nice app for browsing yarn, it isn’t for everyone. If you want to browse yarn and get comments from other people in an app, this might be a good fit for you. If you’re more like me and tend to pick the yarn and pattern seemingly at random, you might not get as much out of this as the designer intended.