Yarnpond
Do you love doing test knits?

Testing knit/crochet patterns can be a fun and rewarding way to learn new skills and help a designer out. But if you're on thee mailing lists for many designers and their tests are being managed in many different places, then it can be difficult to keep all those projects running smoothly and still be able to show your finished items on time, and provide feedback to the designers.

With Yarnpond you can subscribe to as many designers' test pools as you like, but receive all your new test notifications in a daily or weekly email rather than getting one email from each designer. It's easy to keep designers up to date with your progress by checking off milestones during the test period, and at the end of the test you can leave useful, guided feedback in the feedback forms that the designer sets up right within Yarnpond.


Find new designers and join their testing pools

You can browse all the designers on the system, and add yourself to their testing pool. Being in a designer's pool means you can get email updates when they open up a new testing call.

Browse open test calls

Designers can choose to show their test calls to their pool only, or to all Yarnpond members, or publicly. You can find open test calls from designers whose pool you aren't already in, if they post them to a wider audience.

Communicate with the designer and other testers in a dedicated chat room

When you're participating in a test, you get access to a dedicated chat room where the designer and all testers can discuss the test. It's a great place to ask questions, in case another tester is wondering the same thing. You can also upload in-progress photos to the chat.

Rate and review designers

When you're done with a test and have provided pattern feedback to the designer, you get a chance to give the designer a star rating and leave a comment about them. This helps other testers to identify the best designers to work with.

Build up your own rating for paid test knitting jobs

You also get rated by designers when you complete a test, so you can use Yarnpond to build trusting relationships with your favourite designers and market yourself as a paid test or sample knitter.