Friday, August 02, 2013

Talking Clay ~ Shawl & Scarf Pins ~ Giveaway!



Hi, Knitters,
All of the photos today have been provided by Nancy Walker of Talking Clay.

I have a special surprise for you today. When I was in Seattle at Vogue Knitting Live, I had a lovely, young, bright knitter in one of my classes named Amanda. I noticed in class that Amanda is a very talented knitter, very quick. Later in the marketplace Amanda stopped by my book signing with her equally beautiful mother, Nancy. We chatted for a bit and I couldn't stop staring at the unique pin Nancy had gathering up her sweater. Let me see if I can describe how this looked.

Nancy had on a brown, handknit boxy-style sweater, drapey stockinette and simple. She had artistically gathered up a bit of the excess fabric in the front and had run a shawl pin through the gathers to hold it in place. I just loved the look of it. I asked her about the pin she had used and she took out and unrolled a fabric holder that contained a bunch of these pins. She explained that she is a potter and that she was starting up an Etsy shop to sell her shawl pins. 

When I saw that fabric unroll to expose her exquisite pins my heart kind of stopped. These pins are charming, elegant, sweetly humorous, simple and stunning all at the same time. I love the white clay with the copper rippling wire. The combination is simple perfection. I asked right away if I could purchase one of the pins she had with her. When she said yes I was thrilled. The Rooster Pin I bought was the only thing I came home with from VK Live in Seattle. Nothing could really top it. I asked Nancy if she would stay in touch with me to let me know when her Etsy shop opened up and if I could feature her artistic pins on my blog. Now that is happening!

By the way, I wasn't alone when I fell in love with the now named Talking Clay pins. None other than Trisha Malcolm of Vogue Knitting Live and the Vogue Knitting magazine empire loves the pins just as much as I do. Talking Clay shawl pins are being featured in the issue of Vogue Knitting magazine being released September 2nd! If you want one of these pins I would get one now before the rush comes on in September!

Click here for the Talking Clay Etsy Shop! Attention shop owners: Nancy does wholesale orders!!!



The front side (seen in the first photo) of the Talking Clay pin is more of a picture of something like a sheep, rooster, angel, rabbit, stork or fox (currently in the shop). The backside of the pin, shown above, is the knit side of stockinette stitch. I love it. 


The design of the pin makes it versatile. It can be worn decoratively or to hold a shawl or sweater in place. Above in the photo is the lovely Amanda, Nancy's talented daughter.


Here you can see the front and back and the rippling wire coming out of the bottom. The pins kind of look like floating balloons with the strings trailing behind. 


Here's one of the best parts. The pins have a message imprinted on the side. These say, "K2P2" and Knit Me. Other messages include, Be Patient, Rise and Shine, Be Ready, Be Clever, Take Care...... and so on. I enjoy a little surprise like this on the side. It is an added detail to make the pin even more special. 


Today I get to offer you the opportunity to win one of the new sheep Talking Clay pins! Isn't it cute?



This pin you could win says, "Knit Me" on the side and has the knitting on the back! Please leave a comment on this blog post to enter to win. Leave only one comment please and be patient (as the pin recommends) for your comment to show up on the blog. I have to approve all comments to prevent spam and that takes some time if I am not at my computer. Also, it is a must to leave either your Ravelry id or an email address so I can get in touch with you if you win.

Good luck if you enter and I know you will love these pins. If you can't wait to get one, jump over now and snap one up for yourself. I have the rooster pin and Nancy is generously sending me one of her beautiful house-shaped pins as a gift. I can't wait! Click here to see all of Nancy's pin designs which include owls and houses in addition to the rounded pins featured on this post.  


Good luck and let the comments begin!
best, susie 

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Anonymous said...

These are lovely! Thanks for featuring them.
(Redbayknits)

Michelle said...

So beautiful! Love love love!
Michelle (quique on rav)

Christine said...

These are so adorable, pick me, pick me please ;-)

Deborah said...

Hi Susan! They are adorable!
How unique...love them!
Please count me in ...and thanks so much!

All my heart,
Deborah ;)

Susan Griffith said...

Wow! these are beautiful thanks for sharing
Griffgirls on ravelry.

Susan Griffith said...

Wow! these are beautiful thanks for sharing
Griffgirls on ravelry.

Natalie Servant said...

Those are adorable! Heading off to check out her store now.

Anonymous said...

Stunning! On my way to the Etsy shop right now. And may I say how much I enjoy your blog, Susan. I've been a fan for years and knit so many of your patterns. Kathleen(KathNits rav id)

Sara said...

Oh my gosh! Those are the cutest pins ever! I'll be heading over to her shop right after I drop this comment off here...
Thanks for another great giveaway!
Sara
sms394 on Rav

Debbie1085 said...

Love the pins. They look so creative. Please enter me in the drawing!

Debbie1085 in Rav

jstultz50 said...

the pins are so cute!! Thanks for doing this!

Ratch (in ravelry

Nox Knitreaver said...

No wonder you were so blown away! These pins are amazingly lovely.

Pam (knitreaver on rav)

Sara said...

Those pins.... Well, I must get one for my mom. She always just ties her shawls and this would be so much better for her style.
Sara

(Survivor)

Nox Knitreaver said...

No wonder you were so blown away! These pins are amazingly lovely.

Pam (knitreaver on rav)

bitten78 said...

These are so adorable. My Mother loves roosters and has been looking for the perfect shawl pin, and now I've found it! The little houses are just perfect too, oh how to decide? Thanks for showing us these little treasures.
(kimberknit04 on Rav)

Anonymous said...

So cute. I think I will buy one.
Knitterlydesigns on ravelry

Alison Wood said...

These are just beautiful, I love them.

Not sure if I can enter from the UK, but giving it a go, no worries if not.

Kieran Andersen said...

They are ALL so cute!! Clever and sweet, how perfect!

Kieran

(Ravelry Id is: Kieran)

stephigordon said...

I love these!!! What wonderful creations - thank you!!! Stephanie (indigodogmt on Rav)

Lucy said...

Those are all adorable!

Lucy21780 on rav

jenb69 said...

These are wonderful! Thanks for sharing the information. These would make great holiday gifts.

Jen (jenb69 on rav)

Charles said...

I love, love, love these pins...one would be perfect for my 94 year old mom who, bless her heart,still struggles to knit...Kristin

barb said...

These are lovely. Thank you SO much for offering this giveaway. Good luck to all.

yerkeb on rav

Going to go look at her Etsy shop.

Andrea W. said...

Every time I think knitting has about run out of things new, I am completely overwhelmed by another cute knitting accessory. This is definitely a must have. See y'all..I'm going shopping on the new Esty "Talking Clay" shop.
KnitAweigh on Ravelry

barb said...

These are lovely. Thank you SO much for offering this giveaway. Good luck to all.

yerkeb on rav

Going to go look at her Etsy shop.

Debby Scheinholtz said...

These are adorable pins--and I am always looking for pretty and functional shawl pins! Would love to win.

Bridget said...

How pretty! I love things like this.

(thekittyknitter on Ravelry)

Judith said...

Those are so cute and the sheep is my favorite.

Zbyszkoknits on Ravelry

Kari W. said...

The pins are wonderful. Thanks for the opportunity to win one.
Kari (dogmaw on rav)

Kristin said...

Just beautiful! I love the organic and artistic nature of the pin with the lovely hand knit works of art! Heading over to the shop!

Colleen said...

These are darling...I especially like the one that looks like knitting :)

Kristin said...

Beautiful. I love the artistic and organic nature of the pin with lovely hand knit works of art! Thank you for the opportunity.
Heading over to the Etsy shop now!

joan g said...

Thanks for sharing these great pins with us!
Joan Grahlfs

joan g said...

Thanks for sharing these great pins with us!
Joan Grahlfs

Kristebee said...

Adorable give away! I'm thinking of adding these to my Christmas knit gifts this year! Thanks for sharing!

Kriste. (Kristebee)

JackieLemon said...

Beautiful pins! Thank you for sharing!

Bonnie said...

Thanks for sharing these! I'm going to look at her shop now.

heatherg7 said...

These pins are adorable!

Heatherg7 on rav
Heather

Marisa said...

What a brilliant and lovely idea! Must check out her Etsy shop.
Marisa (loladietcola)

Cindy H. said...

Beautifully simple pins...I love them!

Rav ID Arrowfeather

Tobie said...

Adorable pin! I'd love one.

Anonymous said...

What a neat idea. As always, thanks for sharing (your blog is how I stay on top of unique knitting finds)!

Jenny in GA
Rav ID - seejennyknit

Elizabeth said...

Oh my goodness!!! I am in love!!! Thank you so much for sharing this amazing artist with all of us!!

thejitteryknitter said...

Such lovely pins, the perfect accessory for simple style! Thanks you so much fir featuring these!

thejitteryknitter said...

Such lovely pins, the perfect accessory for simple style! Thanks you so much fir featuring these!

Karen said...

I love those pins!
Rav ~ karenshireman

Fabiknits said...

Gorgeous pin!
Rav id: Fabiknits

MaryjoO said...
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Carmen said...

How adorable are these shawl pins? I especially love the back "knit" side.
Rav ID- tapgurl

MaryjoO said...

(oops -- I deleted my last comment (hope it disappears) as I forgot to put my Rav name)

lovely pins - elegant and classy! Thanks for the giveaway
MaryjoO on Rav

Desiree said...

Love the pins!

RavID: Nonosmom

Harper said...

How lovely. The white clay and copper pin ARE perfection.

Rav = Harper

Sandy said...

They're beautiful! And so versatile, too! :)

Deborah Frederick-Squires said...

I am always on the look out for unusual pins, this one fits the bill. Thanks for the chance!!

Deborah Frederick-Squires said...

What a great pin, always on the look out for unique pins. This one fits the bill!!Thanks for the chance to win

Anonymous said...

How very unique! Thanks for the giveaway chance.
Lynn
rav LynnIL



Deborah said...

Hello,
These are so beautiful!!
Deborah ( woollyfa on rav)

Anne said...

The pins are very cute and today is my birthday, so that might be my birthday gift to me!
Rav ID annealden

camby said...

Love these pins! Especially the....well I can't decide which one I like best! :)
Camby on Rav

Debbie said...

Lovely! Rav id dmess

Debbie said...

Lovely!
Rav id dmess

Diana said...

Wow! These pins are beautiful. So perfect. Thank you for sharing them.

Rav ID Diana505

Abigail said...

Thanks for sharing another talented artist with us! Favorited her shop.
Rav id happyjeske

Kathy Wallace said...

Oh my heavens, these are adorable!
sassykrafty on Ravelry

Ber said...

There pins are just beautiful. So talented!
Bee30

Ber said...

These pins are just beautiful. So talented.
Bee30

Ruth said...

These pins are so unique and I would love to win one! Thanks for the giveaway and I will be checking out her Etsy shop as well.
RLake Ravid

Ruth said...

These pins are so unique and I would love to win one! Thanks for the giveaway and I will be checking out her Etsy shop as well.
RLake Ravid

Renee Anne said...

How fabulous are those?! I think she's about to get hit with a bunch of orders :)

(renny1780 on Rav)

Marilyn said...

How creative and fun!

Susan said...

Aw! So cute.

Thank you for the opportunity to win.

Rav ID. SuuzzeeQ

Erika de Niet-Winkels said...

Wow, what a great blogpost.
And such nice pins. Superb idea of her. Her site is beautiful.
Thanks for the opportunity to win a pin!
Your new book is also great!
My ravelry name is: Stitchee-Erika.
Bye for now,
Erika

Jessica said...

These pins are great!

Janebg1923 on Rav

Julie said...

Very interesting shawl pin. Thanks for the review. RAVID: Tanknit

Sheila said...

What an adorable shawl pin!
SheilaOKeefe on Rav

Kim @ Peace of my Heart said...

These are lovely!

kseckels at computerizeme dot com

Sew Daphne said...

I'm so happy for Nancy that she's getting all this new coverage & for you for having found her.
I love the pins!

so..... memememememememeeeee!

ikkinlala said...

These are so pretty!

ikkinlala AT yahoo DOT ca

Johnston4kids said...

Very sweet! Thank you for helping artists promote their wonderful goods.
Johnston4kids on rav

PurlingPenny said...

I've been waiting to purchase a shawl pin until I found something that just spoke to me. I'd love to win this. I will be visiting the shop and making a purchase for sure!


PurlingPenny on Rav

GynnaB said...

What a gorgeous idea!!! I love how simple and sweet these are with a BIG punch of awesome!

gynnab on ravelry and @gmail.com

Carol said...

These pins are beautiful! It is hard to pick a favorite, love them all.

Needlelove on Rav

JanetEllis said...

What a great idea. I see many gift options!

Shirley said...

So clever and cute!

Shirley said...

Very clever and cute. RAVID Hockeymom17

Janet said...

Lovely pins....would make wonderful gifts

Anonymous said...

Love the shawl/sweater pins! Simple, yet, so unique.

Illinigal on rav

Sheri said...

What a cute idea! Thanks for the chance to win one.

Craftyslm: Rav. ID

Margo said...

Those are so clever! I'm checking out the shop now! Rav ID: sewknittystar

Olivia said...

Those are gorgeous and unique and I love them. Nancy, if you read this, you are amazing.

(oforney on rav)

Judi said...

Beautiful pins!

judigo on Rav

Judi said...

Beautiful pins!

judigo on Rav

Mouse said...

Thank you for the giveaway, the pins are gorgeous.

Rav ID. Dangermouse

Nicole said...

These are lovely! I remember you posting about them a while back. I need to knit a shawl so I can use a pin!!

Nicole said...

These are lovely! I remember you posting about them a while back. I need to knit a shawl so I can use a pin!!
RavID = Cola711

Anonymous said...

I would love to win one of these pins! They are beautiful.
Thank you,
Kateco49@yahoo.com

Solviej said...

They are really beautiful and so unique. I am knitting my first ever shawl right now, and one of these would be really handy. Thanks for sharing :)
RAV ID SUPERSOLVIEJ

Zenitude said...

Love. Love. Love. I love the simple design and the creamy colour.
Rav: zenitude

Skye said...

love the pin and love your blog

knittykitty99 said...

love the pin and love your blog!

Kristi said...

They are beautiful! Love!
KLCknit on Rav

knittykitty99 said...

love the pin and love your blog!

Kristi said...

They are so sweet and pretty. Love!
KLCknit on Rav

Bethany said...

These are gorgeous and one would be perfect for the project I have on the needles right now!!

Lisa Viviano said...

So simple yet beautiful. They warm my heart. vivianos3@aol.com

LAURA said...

The pins are beautiful and fun!

Lori said...

Absolutely beautiful!

Auntie Shan said...

hmm... actually. They'd make great HAIR-PINS too! -- I have a habit of using my DP needles or small CIRC needles when tossing my hair up!
:-D

PghCathy said...

So hard to chose!
pghcathy

tammy said...

so pretty!

Anonymous said...

I have never owned a shawl pin. This beautiful pin would be a wonderful first! ( unknittergram) Rav ID

amchart said...

How cool are these?! Rav amchart

Lisa McGuire said...

Lovely pins!! Very creative and clever. Thank you! (ravelry=llmcguire)
Lisa

Karen said...

Adorable - love it!

redsoxgal5 said...

Oh, those are beautiful, so unique! I just looked at everything, really so pretty! Thank you for sharing when you see something new and wonderful on your travels! I have found so many cool new things reading your blog! I'm Redsoxgal on Ravelry ,Twitter....

Maureen said...

The pins are too cute.

RAV ID ACORNKNITSTER

purlynn (rav id) said...

Beautiful! So simple and versatile!

Anonymous said...

Ooooooh! These are beautiful! And such original designs. :) I would love to have one. samm@ravelry.com

Maureen said...

the pins are too cute!!

rav id acornknitster

Anni said...

Cute! asmith7@binghamton.edu

Marilyn a.k.a. Merry said...

I LOVE the knitting on the backside. What a great idea.
wahoomerryf on Rav

Sarah said...

I love the owl pins, and the knit stitches. Such a unique idea!

keatime said...

Such a clever idea! Love them!
Melissa
Rav id keatime

Mary said...

Thanks for sharing this with us Susie:) I would love to win a pin:)

maryspetals@rogers.com

Cindy Gillis said...

These are beautiful!! Thank you for thinking of us... Cindy (scgil2) on ravelry

robin silver said...

beautiful

I want one

pick me please!

luvsknittin on Rav

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Reneelynn said...

Very unique and beautiful. I like the one with the lamb. Thanks for showcasing her work! r.lang@live.com

Drae said...

My gosh what a cute idea! And perfect name for the line.
alcbrooks on Ravelry

Amber said...

What great shawl pins! Love them.

Amber
(rav id amdezo)

Anonymous said...

I love the pins!
kolpin1@mchsi.com

Cynthiacc said...

They are beautiful! I would love to win one, but if not........etsy here I come! :)

Cynthiacc said...

They are beautiful! I hope I win, but if not, etsy here I come! :)

Erika Castro said...

Beautiful!! Love the little details. (RavID: ErikaC)

Jill C. said...

What a unique pin! And here I almost bought a plain-ish one today... RavID: nmujillybean

Rachel said...

very cute! I have yet to collect any shawl pins, though I'm loving knitting the shawls-need to catch up=)

misslillyknits on Ravelry

Noreen said...

The pins are pretty, but I think it's the construction--with the copper wire that catches my fancy. Noreen1009, on Ravelry

Judi A. said...

What a beautiful shawl pin! I would love to win it.

Zowmom on Ravelry

Judi A. said...

What a beautiful shawl pin. I would love to win it.

Anonymous said...

I love these pins! Would really like to have one for my shawls.

StaceyKnitsIt ravelry

jenbrook96 said...

The pins are so cute and different. I would love to win one!

jenbrook96 on Ravelry

Anonymous said...

Another clever use for clay! Zoeynicole on ravelry

Leanne (Lunatic84) said...

So gorgeous and genius! Beautiful work!

Leanne (Lunatic84) said...

Beautiful! Great work!
Lunatic84

Jennifer Wetzel said...

What a darling and unique pin! I would love to win one. Email is jasiderius@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

These are lovely.

Heather
mommytofive (rav.id)

Dawn knittedhat Rav said...

These are so cool! I love them! Count me in.

Jane said...

Thank you sharing these pins and the site. Also, thanks for the opportunity to win one.

Rachelle said...

Gorgeous shawl pins!
sewsable on Rav

Rae Lynne said...

Oh these are terrific! I love shawl pins. :)

raelynne01 on Rav

Pat said...

Lovely pins. Thaank you for sharing the shop. What's that last shawl?

Ypsiknitter on rav

Janet said...

Too cute! I think they would make great gifts for knitters! I'd love one.

jbradyster on Ravelry

Janet said...

Too cute! I think they would make great gifts for knitters! I'd love one.

jbradyster on Ravelry

Joanne Snyder said...

Love the shawl pin would love to win! Rav ID hedgiesyarn

Mks said...

Beautiful, creative and quite unique!
Margie
Rav ID: smithmks

Mks said...

Beautiful, creative and quite unique!
Margie
Rav ID: smithmks

Julie Leman said...

These are beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

Julie

Julie Leman said...

These are beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

Julie

Julie Leman said...

These are beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

Julie

Pam K said...

I love how unique and simple these are! Can already think of where I would use one.
Ravid= pamk

Domesticated Librarian said...

So sweet they are pure happiness!

Domesticated Librarian said...

So sweet they are pure happiness!

Kristi said...

So cute - not sure I can wait! Thank you!
bountifulknitter

Anonymous said...

Stunning , just beautiful .

kmacmillan2003 on Ravelry

LannieK said...

L-O-V-E
Thanks for the chance to win - and sharing a new artist!
Rav ID: LannieK

Anonymous said...

The pins are adorable! Thanks for this opportunity.
Badavis1124@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

How charming!,, thanks for the preview....Sherrie
slh98229 on Ravelry

Anonymous said...

What stunning pins! Hoping that I'm the lucky one.

missmuffetnz on rav

Kathy V. said...

These shawl pins are fabulous and would be a wonderful addition to my fall wardrobe! Love them.
Kally (Rav)

Kathy V. said...

these shawl pins are fantastic! One of these would make a great addition to my fall wardrobe!
Kally (Rav)

Kathy V. said...

These shawl pins are fabulous and would be a wonderful addition to my fall wardrobe! Love them.
Kally (Rav)

Anonymous said...

You always have such lovely posts full of inspiration. I loved the embroidery one, and now you found this goodness on your travels! Happy things!
Kit
( Rav ID: Theekopje)

Esther said...

These are absolutely adorable and so original! I've been knitting up a number of shawls to update my wardrobe and would love to be able to use this darling pin. Thanks again for your generosity.
I can be reached at emrubin rav id or at emrubin@comcast.net

aggie325 said...

How unique! I love the unexectedness of the messages also.

Destash Now said...

The pins are beautiful. I'd love to be able to wear one.

Anonymous said...

I'd love to receive one of the pins to wear with my shawls. They are beautiful and the words are inspiring.

TMYinHNL (Ravelry ID)
Betty

Unknown said...

What a great idea to add to a gift of a knitted scarf! so lovely and different.

Unknown said...

these would make a great addition to a delicate knitted lace scarf, so lovely and different.

Denise k said...

These are beautiful, inspirational and I love them! Thank you for introducing them and the giveaway , Rav ID KittyKatz

Ronni said...

These are so lovely and different!

Dana said...

These are so beautiful! (daner3 on ravelry)

sara said...

thanks for the great giveaway! congratulations on such a great find!

knitster said...

These are so unique and different but I love them. what a great gift they would make for a knitter. Now which one to get.

amber @ KnotTiedDown said...

What a clever, useful and beatiful shawl pin! Thanks for the giveaway.

sarahbethrucker said...

How beautiful!
Ravid: sebby211

Tricia said...

The pins are very special and so are you. Thank you!
Tricia1214 on ravelry

PAt Holland said...

Simply lovely and functional. Ty for the chance. pat

PAt Holland said...

Simply lovely and functional. TY for the chance. Pat

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness! I know there is no hope for me, and yet, I do love it so I'm throwing my hat in the ring. I can always buy one as a consolidation prize!

Rav id:
mkhansen

Chris said...

Beautiful pins!

Cranwoman On Ravelry

Judith said...

The pins are really great and love the idea of including a message to make them "talk" :)
Thanks for give-away
well, good luck everyone, see who will be the lucky winner!

email: gal DOT it000 AT gmail DOT com

Elizabeth said...

i adore those pins! thanks so much for featuring them! they're unlike any others i've seen. ♥

craftysbs said...

What adorable pins. I can see why you were smitten in Seattle. Thanks for featuring them.
Sharon rav ID craftysbs

Anonymous said...

These pins are perfect. Going to look at etsy shop now. Melanie1 on Rav

Shing said...

You find the best stuff - love the pin, I'll probably order one myself. Or 2 or 3 or 4. . . .

Anonymous said...

So cute! Thanks for sharing.

Jennifer
(rav id: Suds)

Willie O'Grady said...

Hi Susan,
What a great way for Nancy to get her product out there. And, nice of her (and you) to offer one to us! Thanks so much. Laura (lauraog@eastlink.ca)

Willie O'Grady said...

Hi Susan,
What a great way for Nancy to get her product out there. And, nice of her (and you) to offer one to us! Thanks so much. Laura (lauraog@eastlink.ca)

Meriam said...

These pins are really beautiful : )

Meriam said...

These pins are really beautiful : )
bethski on rav

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