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Blog Archive: October 2007

New Feature

My apologies for being late with the contest prizes. I haven’t forgotten, but real-life has a way of messing up best-laid plans. Prize photos and winners will appear here on Saturday, I promise!

When I was working with Matt on the development of this site, one of the issues that I struggled with was whether or not to include chain stores (i.e. Michaels, Hobby Lobby, or department stores that just happen to carry some yarn too). I went back and forth, and ultimately decided to leave it up to you the users.

So, we launched and asked for your comments, questions, and participation. Your response has been fabulous! We’ve had such positive feedback, and really good suggestions to improve the site. I also received some comments and questions on both sides of the chain-store debate. After some more work with Matt, here is the solution we’re proposing. I’d love to hear what you think.

September Contest Winners!

I would just like to thank everyone who has tried KnitMap. Your comments, suggestions, and enthusiasm has been fantastic! If I could send you all a prize, you know I would!

With your help, KnitMap now has almost 1,900 stores, almost 500 users, over 500 comments, and its growing everyday! That’s amazing to me considering that our only advertisement has been a few posts to forums and word of mouth.

To celebrate the winners of our first contest, I have put together a great prize package. In addition to my heartfelt thanks, each winner will receive:


  • A small project bag handmade by YarnTraveler, in the very popular sock monkey patterns.
  • A skein Smooshy sock yarn by Dream In Color. This is handpainted, 100% merino, superwash sock yarn in colorways “Strange Harvest,” “Lipstick Lava,” and “Blue Lagoon.”
  • A set of six needle-hugger stitch markers, handmade by Hide and Sheep.
  • A yummy lip balm from Wild Carrot Herbals, in Douglas Fir or Marionberry flavor.
  • A sample of Soak wool and fiber wash, in Citrus, Flora, or Aquae scents.
  • A small bamboo crochet hook. This baby is less than three inches long, perfect for fine gauge yarns, and is my favorite tool. I keep it in my traveling sock bag for dropped stitches and it’s been a lifesaver!

The lucky contest winners are:

Enquiring Minds…

I have naturally been thinking a lot about yarn stores lately. I’ve been reading comments that have been left for stores in cities I’ve never visited (yet!), and I’ve been thinking about what makes a yarn store special. I am fortunate to have several wonderful shops in my city (go Portland!), and all of these stores are different. They each have their own flavor and feel, and everyone has their own favorite for varying reasons.

So, what I want to know is, what makes your favorite yarn store special? Is it the staff? The selection? The classes? Maybe it has a cozy chair and good lattes, or it’s the convenience of being right on the bus line home?

I’m curious and I’d like to hear from you. Leave a comment and tell me what makes your LYS great. To sweeten the deal, I’ll be selecting a comment at random to receive a skein of Classy (worsted weight, 100% superwash merino) in colorway Deep Seaflower, by Dream In Color yarns.

Enquiring Minds, Take 2

Thank you everyone for taking time to share your thoughts. I found your comments really interesting. The theme of friendly, helpful, knowledgeable staff came up the most often for what makes a yarn store great. I would tend to agree since the ladies who run my LYS definitely keep me coming back!

This has been fun. I think I may do this often; ask a question and poll the users. It makes me want to chuck the day job and start my own yarn store consulting service. You can be my focus group; I could get paid in yarn, and you know I would share the wealth.

Speaking of…I have randomly (and by randomly I mean I asked Matt to pick a number between 1 and 16) selected a lucky commenter number 11! Counting from the earliest comment to the most recent comment, one entry per person, skipping me (and don’t think I wouldn’t want to snag this skein for myself!) number 11 is mi_kitter!

KnitMap on Your iPhone!

Thanks to Matt, web developer extraordinaire, you can now easily access KnitMap on the go from your iPhone.

Want to find a store near you? Need directions to that out-of-the-way shop? Want to look up a store’s hours? Its all right there! Just enter www.knitmap.com/iphone into the web browser, and you have a streamlined site perfect for the iPhone.

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