I know, not a very creative title, but all my winter-weary brain can come up with at this point. Don't get me wrong – we certainly can't complain that we've had a tough winter this year. Other than the few days of Snowmageddon, it's been relatively mild. But we have entered the time when the grey skies start to take their toll and visions of warm, sunny spring are starting to seem so far away.
I promised hubby I would have his sweater completed by spring, and lo and behold I was able to keep my promise!
Mountain Brook was finished today. All the ends are even woven in and all that's left is a nice bath and blocking, although I think it looks pretty good even without blocking. Maybe it's my imagination, but there does seem to be a very faint color difference in the skeins. I know they are all the same dye lot – the LYS double checked for me. So I'm just going to chalk it up to a strange trick of light. Yup, that's my story and I'm sticking to it. Model shots will follow once it's blocked. Stats: Mountain Brook by Janet Szabo, yarn – Nature Spun Sport by Brown Sheep, size 3 needles. Knit all in one piece – no seaming!! Yeay!
Recently I was given a copy of the app Yarn U to review on my blog. This is an app available for the iPhone or iPad that reviews yarns. You can sort by manufacturer, name, weight or (strangely enough), the distance you are from the manufacturer. When you choose your yarn, a page comes up showing the yarn and giving the basic statistics, along with a map giving the location of the manufacturer.
For most yarns (but not all), you can scroll through the color choices:
There are also links to online companies where the yarn can be purchased, along with a spot for comments (you can add your own). There is also a list of pros and cons, which can, of course, be quite subjective.
I think this is the start of a decent app, but it does need some more work. The list of yarns, although extensive, does have gaps. For instance, the only Brown Sheep yarn profiled is its Cotton Fleece. Only four of Knit Picks yarns are listed. I did like the reviews and the ability to add comments from knitters who had actually used the yarns would seem to be very useful. The photos of the yarns that did have a list of colors were a decent enough size to get a real feel for the yarn itself. Although there were links to online retailers, there need to be more. Only a select few retailers were offered. The one part of the app that I found most puzzling were the maps. I found them distracting. I really don't need to see on a map where the yarn was manufactured and I think they take up screen real estate that would be better filled with more photos of the yarn in use. I do think the app is slightly overpriced right now at $2.99. Perhaps in the future when more yarns are added the price would be justified, but for now it's just a little too light on information. It certainly will be interesting to see how the app evolves and I hope the developers will continue to add and improve!