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Knitmap iPhone Updates

I just wanted to let you know that we’ve made some improvements to the iPhone version of Knitmap. It now looks more like the original site, and it has the new “Near Me” option that will automatically locate stores based on your current location.

Just in case you didn’t know, Knitmap for iPhone lets you find yarn stores in a simple, iPhone friendly display. Out and about and forget exactly where that nearby yarn store is? Just open Knitmap for iPhone and touch the Near Me button, set any other options you want, and click Search.

There’s no special address, just go to Knitmap.com on your phone’s browser. Don’t forget to bookmark Knitmap on your iPhone, or better yet add it to your home screen (I love the little icon)!

Before You Walk, You Must Crawl...

So let’s crawl already!

I am very excited to announce the launch of the Knitmap Yarn Crawl feature! I’ve wanted the ability to create a local yarn store crawl from the very outset of Knitmap. We are going to be adding additional features to the crawl in the coming weeks, but in the mean time I want you all to play with it and let us know what you think. Tell us how you’ll use it, how it works for you, and any additional features you’d like to see.

Here’s how it works:

  • Sign up or log in to your Knitmap account.
  • Search for yarn stores as usual.
  • When you’ve found a store that you want to add to your crawl, select the new “Add to a Crawl” button on the right side of the store’s detail page. You can add the store to a new crawl, or to any existing crawl that you’ve created.
  • From the New Crawl page you can enter a name and a description for your crawl. Keep in mind that all of this information will be available to all of the Knitmap users.
  • If you know the name or location of additional stores you can add them from the New Crawl page, or you can save your crawl and return to the map to keep looking.
  • While you’re adding the stores that you want to visit, you can drag and drop them in the list to change their order. Less driving time means more time to shop!
  • Once you are happy with your crawl you can save and print it.
  • If you want to make changes, you can edit your crawl at any time.

That’s it! Fun and easy!

This will be perfect to plan an afternoon of yarn shopping on your next vacation! Planning a cross country road trip? Map out stores along the way. Do you have some spare time in a new city? Why not see what their local stores have to offer? I’ve started a crawl to list my favorite local Portland yarn stores for anyone attending Sock Summit 2009, and I’m working on a list of stores that I want to visit while we’re in San Diego later this month. Where are you going this summer? I want to see your crawls!

Just remember…yarn bought on vacation doesn’t count as stash; it’s souvenirs!


It looks like the Update Location feature was offline last night, but it’s working now! I think I caught the few updates that were left in comments, but if I missed one, let me know.

Twitter and a New Feature!

Store owners, this new feature is for you! You can now sign up to manage your own location on Knitmap! This means that you’ll be able to directly update your store’s features, address, hours, and notes as often as you’d like. Use the notes section to post about upcoming sales, classes, or new inventory. You’ll also receive notification whenever a comment is left for your store.

To register to manage your location, click the new ‘Manage Location’ box (above the map) on your store’s detail page, and follow the instructions to receive your confirmation code via text message. Don’t worry if your carrier isn’t listed (we’re working on adding more all the time), just send us an email with your name, Knitmap user name, store name, city/state, and a phone number (for verification purposes) and we’ll email you a confirmation code. As always, all of your personal information provided to Knitmap will remain confidential.

Once you’ve signed up to manage your listing, you’ll see that we’ve made a badge that you can place on your website. It will direct your web visitors directly to your listing at Knitmap!

Try it out, and let me know what you think!

Knitmap is now on Twitter. We’ll be tweeting with new features like this one, new stores, and other events that you won’t want to miss! Follow Knitmap here.

Notice Anything Different?

Our trusty Knitmap programmer, Matt, has been working really hard lately to complete overhaul the site. While you may not see many changes apart from the minor design changes, and a few tweaks here and there, I have so much more control over the back end of things! This means a cleaner database, better maps, faster response times, and the groundwork for some new very exciting features that will be rolled out soon.

We also cleaned up a few of those tedious housekeeping things like starting an FAQ, putting our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use agreements into writing. Check them out and if you have any questions about them, feel free to contact us!

We’ve checked and double checked that everything is up and working, but there’s always something funny that sneaks past. If you find something that isn’t right, please let us know.

So, what do you think? Pretty snazzy yeah?

Knitmap in Knitscene

I just got a heads up that Knitmap is mentioned in the upcoming Winter/Spring 2009 issue of Knitscene magazine. Go check it out!

ETA: We’re mentioned on page 5, number 4 in the Check It product reviews.

Did you see it?

Big thanks to Craft Magazine for the link to Knitmap on their blog this week, and thanks to Vogue Knitting for the the mention in their Yarn Market News: End of Summer Update newsletter! Craft Mag: Knitmap

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