Why I Love Affiliate Programs

It is a win-win for everyone!

I’ve slowly been adding affiliate links to my posts + need to do a blog audit to clean up + polish my old posts + add in appropriate links to make each post better.    My goal for these affiliate links is to increase my blog income (without costing you anything!) so that I can remove the Google Ads between posts.  Wouldn’t that look so much nicer??

If any of these programs interest you, just click on one of my links.  It doesn’t cost you anything but it helps me out a LOT.  In some cases you might even get a bonus by using a referral link instead of just signing up with their website!  Coupon Apps usually offer this incentive (interested to learn more?  Comment below + I’ll write about it next).

SWAGBUCKS

I fill out surveys, print grocery e-coupons, watch videos + answer polls to earn points which can be redeemed for gift cards.  My current favorites are Home Depot, clothing stores, and Amazon.com.  How does this relate to knitting + crocheting?  AMAZON SELLS YARN!  I only just discovered this myself (duh, me!) and it has opened up a whole new level of shopping at home (uh oh).  It is where I have found my latest favorite, new baby mitten colors.  But best of all – it now means I can get my yarn for free or very cheap because of swagbucks + Amazon Prime’s FREE 2-day shipping!

Once I earn 450 points I redeem them for a $5 amazon gift card.  It takes a couple weeks to get the card so I make sure to redeem the points right away so that I have the gift card code when I’m ready to make a purchase.  Even better?  Once you have the gift card code, you can go to your amazon account + enter that code to use later.  (They make it way to easy to have a shopping spree…)

Click here to sign up for SwagbucksIf you’d like to know more of my strategies to earn swagbucks quickly, you can email me @ knittedhome @ gmail + I’ll send you an email with everyone I know!

EBATES

Ebates is my favorite way to earn cash with all my online shopping.  It reminds me of a cash-back credit card.  For my yarn friends, Ebates offers cash back to Michael’s + JoAnn’s, Fabric.com (I just bought tons of yarn from this awesome shop!) + Hancock Fabrics + some Amazon.com departments!  Just type the name of the store into the big green search bar at the top.

Once I have all my purchases in my online shopping cart, I close the store’s window and open ebates.  I select the store I’m shopping at + it opens a new window to that store.  Stay in this window to complete your purchase.  Select your shopping cart + complete your purchase as usual (enter any promo codes + gift cards as usual; your credit card info is safe + Ebates will never see it).   Ebates will track your purchase in this window in order to give you a percentage back of your total (minus tax + shipping).  That’s it!

Sometimes Ebates will have a daily double deal where they offer double cash back on a particular store.  You can sign up for those emails (one a day) if you do a lot of online shopping + want to maximize your cash back.

Sign up here for Ebates.  Did I mention you can also use your Swagbucks giftcards to pay for your purchases you make through Ebates?  What a great way to double-up + maximize your savings!

AMAZON

If you are doing a lot of Amazon.com shopping (like all those new crochet hooks + knitting needles + yarn), this savings add up QUICK!  You can sign up for Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial to get FREE 2-day shipping .  If you like it (which who doesn’t love getting something in the mail in 2 days for free?), you can sign up for a whole year with Prime for only $99.

I hope this post helps shed some light on my use of affiliate links in my posts.  I also hope it will allow you to keep your confidence in me as well as allow you to support this little blog without spending any money out of your own pocket.  I’m right there with you in wanting to save money.

Did I miss anything?  How do you save on your hobby?

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First e-Pattern

I’ve been writing my own patterns nearly as long as I’ve been knitting + crocheting.  However, it was only when I started teaching + using my simple, beginner patterns that I started to seriously write them out for others to use. 

Luckily my students have been very forgiving as well as constructive critiques to help me get the pattern written correctly for beginners to follow easily.  

You can check out the new pattern here. 

Does anyone else write + sell their own patterns?  What words of advice would you offer?  I’d love to check out your work; please leave a link to your listing in the comments!

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Shutter Love

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A quick note to announce that Shutter Love, a local photography studio & baby boutique is now carrying Knittedhome baby mittens & the Granny Chevron baby blanket (made to order).

I need to get some pictures taken and framed to illustrate different colors options for blankets.  Do you have any other ideas to add to this little set up?

If you’re in the local area, I highly recommend checking them out in Perrysburg – located on the cutest main street, Louisiana Avenue.  It is the same strip that the huge Farmer’s Market sets up on in the warmer months.

🙂

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Hair Bows & Bow Ties

I finally got around to trying this nifty little pattern back in March (was it really that long ago?), whipping up quite a few more than I intended, and I’m ecstatic to introduce it in the Etsy shop!

Add a bow to any hat or headband in the shot

I think this pattern was originally intended to be a little girl’s hair bow but I have been on a quest to find cute *boy* clothes & accessories before EJ was born.  Using my grandfather and his adorable bow ties as inspiration, I think these would make wonderful bow ties for a little boy!  What do you think??

I haven’t figured out how to safely (i.e. not a choking hazard) attach these around a little neck, but I’m open to suggestions.  In the mean time, I’m also selling these under supplies.

I plan to add many more colors soon; I just had this baby blue skein to use up.  What are you working on today?

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