We built YarnPlaces to help knitters find great yarn shops, knitting events, and more – but also to give them a place to share their enthusiasm for knitting with like-minded people online.
Reston, VA (PRWEB) March 27, 2013
MapMuse today announced the release of YarnPlaces.com, a map-based web portal to yarn shops, knitting events, knitting groups, and fiber farms. Knitters can now locate, learn about, and connect with places across America that cater to their hobby.
“We built YarnPlaces to help knitters everywhere find great yarn shops, knitting events, and more – but also to give them a place to share their enthusiasm for knitting with like-minded people online,” says MapMuse owner Mike Pilon. YarnPlaces.com is built on a series of interactive maps that locate places of interest to knitters and crocheters. Clicking on a place’s icon brings up its profile page, which is filled with background information, contact details, hours, and photos. “We’ve gone to great lengths to collect useful and current information about these shops, farms, groups, and events,” says Pilon. “We think knitters out there will be quite pleased to find it all in one place.”
In the interest of engaging the “close-knit” community of yarn enthusiasts, YarnPlaces includes several features that give users a voice on the site. To begin with, anyone can submit a new shop or edit the profile of an existing one; all changes are verified by MapMuse for accuracy before going live. Users can also submit photos and reviews of places they visit, letting fellow knitters know which shops are worth a stop and which can be skipped. “Think of it like a Yelp or TripAdvisor designed specifically for knitters,” says Pilon. To promote more in-depth discussion of shops and knitting techniques, YarnPlaces also features a discussion forum moderated by Pilon’s wife, Cindy.
Yarn shop owners are also encouraged to get in on the fun by submitting their business to be featured on the homepage. Featured shops are given increased coverage on the site via an interview, video, and photos. “It’s a wonderful way to get exposure,” says Pilon. “And best of all, it costs nothing but a little time and effort.” YarnPlace’s first featured business is Uniquities Yarn Shop in Vienna, Virginia.
MapMuse, the company behind YarnPlaces.com, has been releasing locator maps and apps for the general public for over a decade. Although they’ve always taken an interest in the fiber arts community, YarnPlaces represents their first foray into building a dedicated website around the hobby. For more information on MapMuse, please visit their homepage at http://www.mapmuse.com.