A review of the Yarn U app for iPhone, available at the apple iTunes store for $2.99
I installed the app, read the instructions and was ready to go.
The first thing that popped up was a list of yarns and miliage, hmmm I thought, milage .... the furthest yarn away was 2,971mi, and the closest was 243 mi. Now before you think I live in the middle of no-where, I don't really, I just happen to be in Canada, and obviously this app is geared towards American residents.
Just to make sure I loaded maps, I was the big blue dot in Canada, the yarns were little markers peppered all over the US, no markers to join me at all, in Canada :(, thank good ness for online shopping.
The location feature I'm not sure about, obviously it's just set up for the US. The app lists a yarn and pins it's location, for me, here in Canada I can get a lot of the yarn online, and as well some of the yarn listed as 300 mi away is actually here at my LYS.
This app is another reason why I miss living in San Francisco. So many awesome things designed for living in the States.
Moving on from my geography issues (which of course haunt most Canadians ....)
The app was really great.
There are hundreds of yarn choices, they're listed, pictured, described, reviewed and projects for them are recommended. Definately a great yarn shopping companion.
I also love that it's not all obsure yarn in the app, many of the yarns I use myself regularily, so I find the content to be really useful.
It is also great that that you can find the yarn, favourite it, make a comment about it and then email the yarn to share your choice with someone else. This way when I'm out buying yarn for hubby's socks (or sweater), I can email him the yarn I've found and get his opinion.
Another super useful feature is the app's ability to store a lot of information and provide access to it offline. This is great if you're not in a 4G location or if you don't want to use us your data time with items you've already accessed.
Definately an app I'll be using for a while !!
PS - Yarn U has a facebook page, you can go there as well to find out more