A New Digital Media Mom App For Knitters & Crocheters: Yarnventory

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The first two Digital Media Mom Android apps, Where Did I Put It? and Willpower, have been very popular and well-received (unanimous 5-star reviews for both!) and now I’m happy to announce the release of the first in a whole suite of new Digital Media Mom apps: Yarnventory.

Like all Digital Media Mom apps to date this one was inspired by a hassle I regularly have to deal with in my own life, and like all Digital Media Mom apps it’s priced at just $1.99. Here’s the app’s description from Amazon:

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Don’t you just HATE how when you find a great pattern and want to start a new project, the first thing you have to do is open all your yarn stash bins and pull everything out to see if you have an appropriate yarn on hand?

Wouldn’t it be great if you could store photos of all your yarns and all their important details (e.g., dye lot, style, weight, quantity per skein, number of skeins on hand, etc.) plus notes of your own about each yarn in a database instead? YARNVENTORY IS THE ANSWER!

In addition to letting you store and edit yarn photos and details, on devices with an external SD card Yarnventory lets you back up, export, and re-import your Yarnventory database. This is useful for transfer to a spreadsheet, or for backup and restore of data if your device is lost or replaced — just install a fresh copy of Yarnventory and import your existing data!
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Like ALL Digital Media Mom apps, Yarnventory has minimal permissions and can run totally offline, it has no In-App Purchases or ads, it’s simple enough to be backward-compatible with earlier versions of Android, and it has a very small installation file size as well. Here’s the rundown on those permissions:

Read-only access to device state: (to tell if a call comes in and let the call come through)

Read/Write access to external storage: (for database backup/export and import functions)

 

First In A Suite Of Apps For Crafters

As I mentioned, Yarnventory is just the first in a suite of similar Digital Media Mom inventory database apps for crafters. Because I also work with beads, polymer clay, embroidery/needlepoint and more as a crafter, I know there’s a need for this same type of app for other crafts as well. Stay tuned, and I’ll let you know as each one becomes available.

 

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6 Comments

  1. Comment by Mary Price:

    Yarnventory is really neat. Now could you develop a similar thing for my jewelry and beading directions and beads?? Thanks

    • Comment by Mom:

      Mary – a Beadventory app is among those I’m developing. Beadventory will take a little longer to finish though, because it poses certain challenges due to the different types of materials used in beading projects (e.g., thread, wire, jewelry findings, etc.). I do some beading/jewelry making myself, and I need to do a little more noggin’ scratching to figure out what the best and most efficient screen/database design will be for this type of app. =’)

  2. Comment by Cindy Sircher Fuchs:

    Love your new app Yarnventory since I’m an avid crocheter and knower. Ravelry has a place for your stash but was never user friendly. This app is great!!! Will you be developing an iOS version in the future? Many of my knit and crochet friends are asking. Thanks again, I love it and I’ll let my daughter know about your upcoming bead app!

    • Comment by Mom:

      Thanks Cindy, I’m glad you like the app! I’d very much appreciate it if you could leave an Amazon review – reviews really DO help!

      Regarding an iOS version…Apple’s a real pain in the neck for app developers to work with, and I won’t do it. It can take weeks to months for Apple to approve a new app, they reserve the right to de-list your app at any time or change your app’s description/classification/price and other details without advance notice or developer permission, etc., and they charge $99/year just for the privilege of being allowed to submit apps to their store or keep your apps listed in their store—even if none of your apps are ultimately listed in a given year. And on top of the $99 per year they still keep 30% of the gross revenue from your sales. You know, because Apple’s hurting so much for money. #sarcasm

      Apple makes everything harder: from getting an app listed to begin with, to turning a profit on your apps. >='[

  3. Comment by ljp:

    I’ve been looking at your app, and I’m very tempted to buy it, but it is missing a text field that I consider crucial: needle size. I realize I could use the “Notes” field for that, but I was thinking I would use it for other things, e.g., what I made with that yarn, what it was like to work with, etc.

    Any chance you will be updating the app to add any more features?

    • Comment by Mom:

      I didn’t include needle size because the app is for all kinds of fiber arts crafters, not just knitters, and also because the crafter is free to use any size needle, hook, etc. so long as a swatch shows proper gauge. Being both a knitter and crocheter myself, I never pay any attention to what the yarn label says with respect to hook or needle size, I go with what the pattern recommends. If this were a “Patternventory” app, I would’ve included a field for recommended needle or hook size. As you say, you can always enter hook or needle size in the Notes field and that’s partly why I included a Notes field in the first place: each crafter has his or her own idea of what information is important or necessary over and above the fields I’ve provided.

      Also, it sounds to me as if you intend to use this for keeping track of finished projects, which is possible, but that’s not really what Yarnventory was made for. It’s really just about keeping an inventory database of yarns the crafter has on hand—or had on hand at one time, and intends to purchase again.