My name is Tineke, and I'm a software engineer and a knitter.
A couple of years ago I built www.kniterator.com , an online pattern generator. When I was working with test knitters for the patterns it generates, I found the process difficult. It was hard to find testers. Some of them wanted to communicate via Ravelry, some via Facebook, some via email. Some I lost contact with completely during the process.
After a while it was easy to see who were my trusted testers, who always completed the pattern, gave useful feedback and provided good photos of their finished knits.
But the process was still so frustrating! And when I spoke to other designers (especially those just starting out) I heard a lot of the same complaints. I started to daydream about a one-stop platform for running your pattern test from start to finish ... and Yarnpond was born.
Although I tend to use the words "we" and "us" when I write about Yarnpond, it's actually just me. I've built the platform myself with input from a handful of helpful designers who have helped me understand their pain points, and with a few wonderful alpha and beta testers who entrusted their test knitting process to the platform when it was still in its fledgling stages. I certainly hope that one day I can write "we" or "us" and actually be referring to a team.
My biggest hope for Yarnpond is that it can make your life easier, even in some small way.
I have many many more feature ideas for Yarnpond, and you'll find some of them over on the features page.
If you have something you really want to see, please contact me and let me know about it.
Yarnpond is written in Ruby on Rails and contains about 15,000 lines of code.
Behind Yarnpond is a Postgres database to store all the data.
Right now we have 124 designer accounts and 1388 testers.