This website occasionally contains affiliate links. If a product, book or event has been provided free of charge, then you’ll find it listed as a “sponsored blog post”. Affiliate links mean that I may earn a small fee if you click through to a website and subsequently make a purchase. If you take part in a give away or competition on the blog, then it’s likely that the prizes / freebies have been provided for free and it’s important you read the terms and conditions before entering. Links to my patterns on Love Knitting and Love Crochet are affiliate links.
Many bloggers will review products they have been sent for free without declaring this to their readers. On all my websites you’ll find a clear disclosure of where items came from. Why do I do this? Because I think it’s important my readers know where the products I review come from. There are dozens of knitting and crochet bloggers supplying free patterns on their blog with yarns supplied for free in return for a “blog post”. This kind of endorsement is really helpful to yarn companies who want to you to buy their products. You’re more likely to buy a yarn that has been recommended by someone you trust and yarn companies spend a lot of time developing relationships with bloggers in order to make the most of this cheap advertising. It’s the same with food products, kitchen equipment and any number of gadgets.
I always let companies know I will only review products I liked or that worked (it’s not unheard of for me to return an item if I don’t think my readers will find it useful or if it didn’t do what it promised). I accept items in return for a review on Amazon, in these cases I always state that an item was provided free for review and on my blog it will be listed as a “sponsored post”.
Many of the books I review I buy myself or have been given as gifts, if a book has been supplied for free as part of a review, this is listed as a “sponsored post”.
Yarn support for patterns published in knitting and crochet magazines, books or external websites are arranged between the yarn company and the publisher. If I collaborate directly with a yarn company, you’ll find this clearly stated when the design is published.
Free patterns made with yarn supplied for free are listed as “sponsored posts”.
After I have reviewed a product I’ll either keep it, host a give away on the blog or donate it to charity. Items I keep are declared to HMRC as “payment in kind”.