Knitmap is a Yarn Store finder. It's a site that catalogues and maps the locations of retail shops that sell yarn, knitting supplies and knitting accessories. You can search to find these locations in the US, Canada, UK and most of Europe. Its anywhere that Google maps will work, and the list is growing everyday! Once you've found a shop, you can rate it's attributes, leave comments, upload photos, and add it to your Favorites.
Why did we make Knitmap?
We knit and we like to travel. What better way to see a new city than through its yarn stores! There was no place online where we could easily search for yarn stores in the cities we were planning to visit. While there are store lists out there, they don't have maps, and they certainly don't allow people to rate and comment on them.
When your vacation time is short and you're trying to cram as many sights and yarn into a short trip, you need to be able to tailor your list to your sightseeing schedule. What stores are closest to your hotel? You only have time for one yarn stop, and need to know which store has the best selection? Had a long day of sightseeing and just want a cozy place to sip some coffee and knit in the comfort of fellow knitters? Knitmap can help!
But Knitmap isn't just for travelers; you can use it at home too. We wanted a site where knitters let people know what they thought of their local yarn shop or recommend other places they have been. We wanted to let anyone update the list of yarn stores and add yarn shops we didn't already have in the database. You can post about your local yarn store's Open Knit Nights, your local knit group meet-ups, who has the best coffee or snacks, and who carries the hard to find yarn you're looking for.
All of these things you can do on Knitmap right now. So what are you waiting for?
Stacy started knitting a few years ago and it's been an obsession ever since. As she travels around the world, she is always trying to find yarn shops to visit and add new yarns to add to her stash. One day she thought, "Wouldn't it be nice to have an easy way to find that yarn shop in Paris again? What yarn stores should I visit in San Francisco?" Thus, Knitmap.com was born. When she's not traveling she writes on her blog and creates handmade Knitting Bags.
Stacy isn't as good at programming as she is at the Turkish Cast-On, so it's a good thing her boyfriend Matt is. When she had her brilliant idea, all she had to do was ask him to cook up a web site real quick. Luckily Matt had already built Unthirsty.com, a happy hour finder, so he had loads of experience in making a site that will help people find what they want.