Mary Beth Klatt asked me to review her app, Yarn U by Sutro Media. I received the app for free--the opinions are all mine. Edit: Regular readers will be familiar with the idea that the reviewer is the half-assed one, not the reviewee.
Let me begin by saying that I am not the target audience for this app. Or really any app. I am basically a 90-year old curmudgeon in a 31-year old's body. I am still trying to figure out my new ipod. I use it primarily at home to listen to music and check my email when Spicy is on the computer. My first assertion is that this app would be much more useful if I had an iphone or some other device that works independently of wifi.
Basically when you fire up the app you can search for yarns by category. There are categories listed by weight (the pic shows fingering weight yarns) but there are a few others as well, like hand-dyed and crochet. A limited amount of yarns are listed in the database. I'm sure that the app will become more useful as more yarns are added, but at this point it's not close to ravelry-like levels.
There is a map feature but it appears that very few yarn stores are listed at this point, and absolutely none in my area.
Verdict: Has potential for users of 3G but needs more participation in yarn database and yarn stores to really sing.