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 

386 comments:

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lulu said...

Beautiful objects. Thank you for sharing!
(knittingbeekeeper on rav)

Debbieamy said...

These pins are beautiful and creative. Wow. Debbieamy on Ravelry

MaryEllen said...

I hope I win!! These pins are so unique!

Veganrocks said...

I hope I win! These pins are gorgeous!

Veganrocks said...

I hope I win!! Beautiful pins!

Mrs. P said...

How lovely and what a super way to show your crafty side!!
Janine in NJ

Anonymous said...

These pins are lovely!! Thanks for sharing with us and I hope I win!!
(Rav - ladywithneedles )

Peggy said...

A sweet, special give-away, Susan! Thanks for the chance to win one of these little artistic gems. (Peggity on Ravelry)

Kathy said...

What a great idea! They are beautiful!
kathyg on Rav

Anonymous said...

They are beautiful and I love the name "Talking Clay". Lightinabook@gmail.com

Linda Rumsey said...

These pins are stunning! And such fun.
lindarumsey on Ravelry

Anonymous said...

Lovely pins and lovely lady. Thank you for giving us the heads up on these.
fiberpassionluv/rav

MarieAnge said...

Gorgeous pins and so eclectic! :)

Susanne Namdar said...

The beauty lies in the simple design. Thamks for introducing them.

susieqhammer said...

Wow! what an amazing, talented young lady! Her work is beautiful

Anonymous said...

These pins are adorable! Thanks so much for sharing them!

I'm HeatherD on Ravelry

Susanne Namdar said...

The beauty lies in the simple design. Thanks for introducing them.

Susanne Namdar said...

The beauty lies in the simple design. Thamks for introducing them.

Helen said...

More lovely knitting - and a lovely shawl pin to win - how marvellous!

Please include me in your draw :-)
helenthequilter on ravelry.

Cheers
Helen

Zytigg said...

So pretty, this is getting pinned on my Pintrest page. Zytigg on Ravelry

gknitter said...

These are so clever. Thank you for sharing.

kathleen said...

How incredibly cute! So glad you showed them to us before the magazine comes out.
HIkermumma on rav

gknitter said...

These are so clever. Thank you for sharing.

Anonymous said...

So sweet! Thanks for letting us know about them.
Rav= alchemy

Anne said...

What a creative set of pins....I especially like the textured backs.

jaksdbn@gmail.com

Trudy said...

How beautiful. I have some great gift ideas

Anne said...

What a wonderful idea

jaksdbn@g mail.com

pens and needles said...

I LOVE SCARF/SHAWL PINS! My favorite accessory, after the knitted item itself! Pick me, pick me, please! I've never won an online giveaway and think my luck is about to change.
jantaber on ravelry

Anonymous said...

Very pretty...& a sweet accessory...
Johalley on RAV

Anonymous said...

Very pretty, love them :^)

Rav ID: ScottieGirl1

Terri D. said...

Oh my goodness Susan, these pins are adorable. I would love to win this. Thanks for posting Nancy's etsy site. I may have to purchase a few for gifts!
Blessings,
Teresa
(teresad186)

Sandra said...

Thanks, Susan, for a chance to win one of these gorgeous pins!
Sandra
(Rav. ID: istitchfast)

Anonymous said...

What lovely pins and what a talented young women. Love the whole concept. karenlambert@cox.net

Anonymous said...

Twiglee -ravid

Beautiful!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful find! These are as cute as can be!

Leslie
Ravelry id: Ollesent

Libba said...

The pins are so beautifully designed!

retiredtoknit on rav

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful idea, I love them and I love your Blog too!
Calendula25 in rav

Donna said...

These shawl pins are so beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Connie said...

Beauty in simplicity. Thanks for showcasing items like this that I probably wouldn't bump in to.
tyme2play@yahoo.com

stacy and natalie said...

I love the clay pins. Alpacamommastacy on rav

Kristi ~ Ohio said...

Thank you for the chance to win. Nancy's shawl pins are beautiful. :)
queenbee1958 on Ravelry

stacy and natalie said...

The pins are amazingly beautiful

hoffee and a nuffin said...

What a wonderful addition to handmade accessories. The pins are lovely!

hoffeeandanuffin@gmail.com

Lisaknits said...

You have enabled me. Would love to own this one too.

lasknit2 on Rav

Anonymous said...

I love the two sides... Rabid berrygal

Trina C said...

How adorable. I love them all. Thanks for a chance to win.
So glad you brought these to our attention.
My rav ID is katrana

Trina C said...

How adorable and so useful at the same time. Thanks for featuring these. Loved them all on Etsy. Love your blog. Thanks for a chance to win one of these great pins.
Rav ID: katrana

Trina C said...

How adorable. I love them all. Thanks for a chance to win.
So glad you brought these to our attention.
My rav ID is katrana

KimmyZ said...

Love, Love, Love the clay and copper shawl pins! Really enjoy reading your blog, Susie. You're my kindrid spirit.

Hugs, Kimmy (KimmyZ Rav ID)

Winsome said...

How adorable! Thanks Susan for this giveaway, I do need a shawl pin. Best of luck to Amanda!

Rav ID: WinnythePu

Nancy said...

LOVE THESE ADORABLE PINS !!
And I love that you always introduce me to wonderful new things, Susan.

nanheiner@gmail.com

Lori said...

These are lovely. I love the white clay, and the message on the side.

swakins said...

I just participated in a spinning demo called a sheep to shawl and I think this pin would just be the crowning glory to a lovely shawl. rav id swakins

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous pins!
ljgreenlaw on ravelry

Anonymous said...

Pick me please
Love thespians
May not be able to wait
Rav I'd Missellen

Donna said...

This pin is adorable and would go with everything!Would love to win this!
Donna
seahorse681@bellsouth.net

Becky said...

Love this pin

Becky (gathersnomoss)

Linda Tytko said...

Hi susan,
I love those shawl pins I am knitting Makai from Mel of single handed knits shawl and it would look lovely on it.
Thanks Linda

Anonymous said...

I am an accessory addict. Love the idea.
Skispinner -ravelry

LoriAngela said...

These are definitely the next hot knitting item!
thanks.
Angie

L. P. said...

Simple, yet creative and cute pins. What a talented potter!

The Alaska Venhauses said...

Such beauty in their simplicity.
Carolyn
(crazy8mom on Ravelry)

Anonymous said...

Sigh...If I won it would be my inspiration to knit a shawl for my sisters birthday gift. cguard (on rav)

KCarney said...

What a lovely giveaway--so nice of you to feature these pins!

Karen

KCarney said...

What a lovely giveaway--so nice of you to feature these gorgeous pins!

Rita said...


I would love one of these pins
(shawhill) rv id

nmbaker said...

The pins are very lovely and creative!

mequilter9158 said...

Simply gorgeous ~ perfect for the first shawl I finished on the knit-along.

Debbie said...

very COOL!!
gussek on Ravelry

Barbara L. said...

Very cute pins. I would love to win one.

Ravelry ID: knityid

Anonymous said...

Cute pins! I really love the two-story house one!
Alissia on rav

Diane S said...

The shawl pins are beautiful! I love handmade art pieces, and that's exactly what these are :) Ravelry id: ddknitter

Monica said...

How beautiful! I love that you find such great things and share them with us on your blog. Thanks, Susan!

Monikita on Ravelry

Madame said...

Love the pins - all the detail is amazing.! The sheep are super cute.

Anonymous said...

These pins are such a treat. How lovely. Thanks for chance to win one.

Bordergirl on Ravely

cherie amour said...

Perfect timing...I was just on vacation with my husband and daughter when we were so pleasantly surprised by a GREAT yarn shop in Ukiah, Ca. My husband had not seen shawl pins before and thought they were a great idea. I was just able to show him these very unique pins on your blog. Maybe he will think of them again next month at birthday time!! Yay for clay!!
(sheheath)

cherie amour said...

Perfect timing...I was just on vacation with my husband and daughter when we were so pleasantly surprised by a GREAT yarn shop in Ukiah, Ca. My husband had not seen shawl pins before and thought they were a great idea. I was just able to show him these very unique pins on your blog. Maybe he will think of them again next month at birthday time!! Yay for clay!!
(sheheath)

Dana S. Whitney said...

Love the pins, sentiments and reversability. Covet!
PainterWoman @ ravlery.

L said...

Adorable! Love!

Rav: hollyberries

Luann said...

Lovely pins!

Pauly Heller said...

Totally adorable! Who would not want one of these?
paulyheller rav id

Pauly Heller said...

Totally adorable! Who would not want one of these? I love the little houses. What a sweet gift for you, Susie!

paulyheller rav id

beth jillette said...

Lov love love the pins beautiful

UmmRania said...

Wow, these are so unique and beautiful! I would love to win one!

Ummrania on rav

Oatie said...

Simply adorable!!!!
Linda (OatieP2 on ravelry)

Oatie said...

Simply adorable!!!
Linda (OatieP2 on Ravelry)

debsnubs said...

These pins are lovely would love to win one.
Debbie

Betti said...

These are wonderful. I have already listed this shop in my favorites. Would love to win.
love2knit4u

Patricia said...

Oh so lovely! What a fun little treat! Thanks Susan for sharing your discoveries!
PatriciaLovesYarn
jwandpjc@yahoo.com

LovingLife said...

These pins are absolutely darling. I can't wait to see them in the Sept Vogue Knitting Issue and I couldn't wait to have one so I just purchased one.

Anonymous said...

They are beautiful, she'll do very well i'm sure.....

Jan said...

Lovely pins. They would look good with so many knits.

Jan (IUGrad on Ravelry)

Anonymous said...

Love them! They are one of those things that you just want to buy one for everyone you love! Sweetpeaquilts@yahoo.com

Arianne said...

Adorable sheep! What great adds to handknits. (arilisbeth on ravelry)

Vicki Maynes said...

You always find such unique items!

Vicki Maynes said...

You always find such unique items!

Vicki Maynes said...

You always find such unique items!

Anonymous said...

What a wondeful pin! coutrem on rav

mae said...

I love the power of the knitting network to get the word out on really wonderful treasures. Thanks for sharing.

melonkelli said...

lovely pins!

Nancy said...

Oh, these are sweet! Thanks for showing us, Susan!
Nancy (daisyknits on Rav)

Nancy said...

Oh, these are sweet! Thanks for showing us, Susan!
Nancy (daisyknits on Rav)

Whitney said...

How original!!! Rav ID whitsknits

Margaret said...

This is so unique and beautiful, could definitely pair this with a few items.

Lynn said...

This is the single best item you have ever featured. Thank you for giving us a chance to win one. Great artist!--flowerdancer on Ravelry

Twana said...

Fairly new subscriber to your blog, so this is my first time commenting. Thanks for giving people a chance to win one of these lovely pins. tamalady@yahoo.com

Kathryn said...

Your taste is always cutting edge! Another awesome recommendation! Thanks!

Kathryn

kemoser on Ravelry

Jennifer Edwards said...

It would be such a delight to have one of these! I am simply smitten by them! Drawn2Knit rav id

Margo said...

Love the pin! Hand made with a special message!
Margo
mwhiterug@att.net

Anonymous said...

The pins are wonderful and that is a great incentive to make a shawl. Thanks.

Suzanne said...

These shawl pins are really beautiful. When I went to her etsy shop, I realized that i had been there before. I love the messages imprinted in the side as well as the unique features each piece has.

songbird said...

Thanks for this fun give-away....Nancy and Amanda, the pins are awesome!

Lisa
LRLSPENCER@yahoo.com

lakchi said...

The pins are beautiful and so unique!

RavID LAKCHI

tahoe34 said...

Simple and gorgeous! If I don't win I'm buying one!,,

Tahoe34@mac.com

Bizenurse said...

So very pretty and unique!
(bizenurse on ravelry)

Darlene said...

These pins are so cute, i love the details. Thanks for the chance to win one!
Quiltsalot3 on Ravelry

TerriSue said...

I love these pins, especially the "knit me". Thank you for the chance.
lovebirdmom at gmail dot com

Jeannie D said...

darling pins...love the little lamb! childwood on Rav

Gabby said...

These are really pretty, I would love to win one!


Gabbyknitster on Rav

Goober Sue said...

Love them! Hope I win.



Gabbyknitster on Rav

Goober Sue said...

Love these, hope I win!


Gabbyknitster

Goober Sue said...

Love them! Hope I win.



Gabbyknitster on Rav

sharonathemom said...

The pins are fabulous! I will be purchasing if not chosen.

Rav: sharonathemom

Cris said...

These are really lovely. Think I'll have to order one even if I don't win one. :)

Cris said...

These are really lovely. Think I'll have to order one even if I don't win one. :)

Sue said...

Just what I need, one more thing that will call to me. Can you hear it? "Buy me, buy me."

Janie and John said...

Love the pin. I have a real soft spot for hand made pottery, so what a great way to unite my knitting with the pottery!

jennysue said...

What fun - I'll be needing that fox pin. And did you look at her other items? The gathering bowls are a definite unique gift item.

jennysue said...

I will be needing one of the fox pins. And I looked at her other items on the site - will be wanting to give her gathering bowls as gifts this holiday season.

jennysue said...

What fun - I'll be needing that fox pin. And did you look at her other items? The gathering bowls are a definite unique gift item.

Pat Salvatini said...

As always, you find some of the best items to feature. These pins are lovely.

plynn

Olga said...

Those are SO cute! Very clever:).

EndlessQ on Rav.

Karen said...

so beautiful would love one someday!

pookie said...

Just absolutely lovely.
Ravelry ID. Pookie 17

Anonymous said...

How clever they are! So unique! Thank you for sharing this with us Susan!

stashmonkey said...

Delightful!

Sue aka Stashmonkey on Rav

Unknown said...

These are so unique and creative. Thanks.

Unknown said...

These are so creative!

NanaJen said...

I love these pins!!! The simplicity (and complexity) or the designs are fabulous...and SUPER CUTE! Thank you for the feature & giveaway! What a wonderful job Nancy does.
RavID~jaydawnrn

amyroz said...

INLOVE with sheep!

slmiller8 said...

Love the pins, very cute!

slmiller8 said...

Love the pins, very cute! (Forgot to add my contact info before)

toomanyufos on ravelry

Marianna said...

Love the pins! Thanks for the giveaway.
yarnbasket on Rav

Melissa said...

Love the simplicity of these pins.
Ravid: pik2knit
-Melissa

madknitter said...

So simple, yet clever. Love them.

Deb said...

absolutely sweet! Such a talented woman and there is comfort in wearing those pins:) Hand made treasures are always keepers
deb

Jody said...

These pins are lovely! What a great giveaway!

Anonymous said...

So pretty!
(kelleyjogirl on Rav)

Sheri Ahner said...

I have only been reading your blog for a very short time but already I'm hooked on what you write! I would wear this pin proudly if chosen. Thank you for offering this to your readers!
Sheri "Missouri"

Sheri Ahner said...

I have only been reading your blog for a very short time but already I'm hooked on what you write! I would wear this pin proudly if chosen. Thank you for offering this to your readers!
Sheri "Missouri"

Doula Mommy said...

Those pins are so pretty! I'd love to have one for my sweater or shawl!

~Jessica, MonkeyButtBabies on Ravlery

Pam said...

I am impressed with the shawl pins. Love them!
Rav ID: plashus

Pam said...

I am impressed with the shawl pins. Love them!
Rav ID: plashus

Anonymous said...

Wow! How unique and pretty!
Lee (mamagiff on rav)

Valerie said...

Very cool pins. Thanks for the chance to win.

Valerie said...

Very cool pins. Thanks for the chance to win!

Anonymous said...

Simply perfect! Would love, love , love one!! Luvknitz on raverly

Lyn said...

Very beautiful. Love them!

Anonymous said...

What great shawl pins!!

Trilliumknits on Ravelry

Anonymous said...

What great shawl pins!!

Trilliumknits on Ravelry

Karen M said...

Wow! Beautiful. Thank you for sharing. Rav Id: KarenMollung or Mollungke@verizon.net

Karen M said...

Wow! Beautiful. Thank you for sharing. Rav Id: KarenMollung or Karen.Mollung@tufts.edu

Anonymous said...

The curved shaft on these shawl pins, and the natural beauty of the clay, make them one of a kind art. Simply gorgeous!
Thanks for featuring the Talking Clay pins and for the generous give away!!

Happy knitting,
threadsgal on Ravelry

Anonymous said...

Absolutely gorgeous! What wonderful creativity :)
Andrea F.
chef-drea@sbcglobal.net

JudyAnn said...

Lovely! Please pick me!

JudyAnn

Anonymous said...

Very sweet, thanks for the opportunity and link!

Anonymous said...

These pins are wonderful! Thanks for introducing them to us, and giving us the chance to win one. :-)

Susan (nuts4crafting on Rav)

Anonymous said...

LOVE this pin!! Could wear it to my daughter's upcoming wedding events. kathy
longkathy27@yahoo.com

Debbie said...

OMg, I would love to win this pin!

Rav: Debbie4

Debbie said...

OMg, I would love to win this pin!

Rav: Debbie4

Carmen N said...

Beautiful work - I love these pins! (cnuland on Rav)

Carol said...

Those pins are very nice. I could really use a new shawl pin!

Carol said...

Those are very nice pins and I could really use a new shawl pin!

Shirley said...

WOW! These pins are gorgeous and yet so simple. love both sides of them.

Shirley
sbquilter on Rav

Shirley said...

WOW! These pins are gorgeous and yet so simple. love both sides of them.

Shirley
sbquilter on Rav

Sheila Factor said...

LOVE. THESE. And, I am about to start a shawl!! Will Definitely be heading into Urban Yarns to pick one up!!
~Sheila (bumblebee0704 on ravelry)

Anonymous said...

Beeeutiful!!! I love the pin.
Diane (dili@tds.net)

Anonymous said...

That little sheep is just about the cutest thing I've seen all day! (bookworm0226)

Anonymous said...

I love to see a new design come out, esp. a shawl pin! I'm going right over to Etsy to take a closer look.

treblemaker in Ravelry

Anonymous said...

Very pretty pins! Unique! Thanks for the giveaway.
Chels
chelseyb5 at aol dot com

Diane Littman Diane said...

Love them! They are works of art for sure!
Diane (dili@tds.net)

Anonymous said...

Wow! Those are beautiful! It's always a pleasure to discover some new things and great artists! I would love to try those pins!
Thalassa on ravelry

Debbie Pick said...

So adorable! I love the sheep design. Thanks for sharing.
Pickxy on Ravelry

Mchele said...

These are lovely. I hope I win one.

GerryART said...

I've been looking for a good shawl pin
And, this design/style hits the mark !
Now I must go visit her website

Hugs

56steps said...

These are so cute!!!!

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