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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”.

 

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  • Cyanotype and crochet. One quick snap from today's workshop with @hannahlambtextileartist . Always good to step out of your comfort zone. @prettypatches_mag this may find it's way into new stitched pieces and I found a use for my extensive doily collection!!
#cyanotype #hannahlambtextileartist #saltaire #print #crochet #crochetgirlgang #igcrochet  #printing #alternativeprocess #sunprints #textileart #blueprints #stitchcraftandscissory #bakingandmaking #patchworkandplace #workshop Is it ok to have needle case envy? I'm having all kinds of crafty fun and frolics here in Saltaire, but instead of photos of early cyanotype experiments. I'll just leave you with this, it belongs to another lovely lady on the course. I think she'd notice if it fell in my bag!
#bakingandmaking #needlecraft #embroidery #ecoprint #textilesdesign #stitchcraftandscissory #slowstitch #theartofslowliving #textlearts #needlecase h Wind dropped, sun came out & I pulled on my new wellies so I could fill the log basket, pull leeks for soup & then get back to my knitting. Going offline for a couple of days as I'm off to Saltaire for a stitching workshop with the very talented @hannahlambtextileartist . See you all next week.
#sealsalt  #wearingseasalt #bakingandmaking #mysimplething #slowliving #thisthingcalledslowliving #theartofslowliving #searchwandercollect #winterstories #makingwinter #thewayweliveinthecountry  #howweliveinthecountry Books and coffee. Who cares it's too wet for a walk. Today's priorities: reading, knitting & coffee, lots of coffee... then baking...
#coffee #caffeine #coffeelover #booklover #booksforcooks #booksaremybag #bibliophile #booksandcoffee #theartofslowliving #slowlived #thisthingcalledslowliving  #bakingandmaking Throwback. One of my earliest published paterns, back when I wasn't sure my dabbling in design would come to anything, Knitting magazine commissioned these & my sabbatical turned into a full blown career change. I've never regretted my decision. Knitted in Debbie Bliss Rialto 4 ply I still wear them, sadly the gorgeous wellies are no more (link to story in profile).
#yarnlovechallenge #knitlove #socklove #sockknittersofinstagram #toeupsocks #tbt #throwbackthursday #littlestoriesofmylife #thisthingcalledslowliving  #theartofslowliving #slowlived #bakingandmaking #nestandflourish #livesimple #ilsejacobsen #myredwellies "Holding small things in your hand while wearing wrist warmers" 
Today's #yarnlovechallenge is "currently wearing" & as I don't do selfies you'll have to make like this is radio and imagine me in my handknitted socks, hat, scarf, jumper and of course wrist warmers as I try and get the veg patch into some kind of order before spring planting!
Lovely photo of my hands by my lovely friend Andrea Ellison x
#britishwool #britishyarn A hand made home. Joining in with #yarnlovechallenge today. Our home is filled with hand made "stuff", knitting, crochet, pottery, wooden furniture made by Mr T... it's all pretty understated ... no garish brights, few pastels but plenty of neutrals and texture in natural materials.
#britishwool #britishyarn #knittersofinstagram #crochetlove #slowliving #thisthingcalledslowliving #bakingandmaking #interiordesign #crochetcushion Beside the sea. Today's #yarnlovechallenge prompt is "out and about", so here's me on the beach in all the hand knits (&crochet) again. 
#knittersofinstagram #crochet #britishwool #britishyarn #slowliving #thisthingcalledslowliving Spring has sprung (at least it's trying) which means a harvest of salad leaves for lunch - because you'd  be surprised how many common garden weeds are edible and delicious! So weeding is no longer a chore - it's a means to free food for the table!
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