We had the good fortune of connecting with Tricia Hodson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tricia, other than deciding to work for yourself, what else do you think played a pivotal role in your story?
Being unique and not being afraid to try something different is the best way to stand out in this business. So many people start out by crocheting from popular patterns. I was concerned about copyright and I knew that I wanted to create my own, unique designs.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As LazyTcrochet, I offer original designs in knit and crochet fashions and accessories. It was important to me from the beginning to be able to create my own designs as well as offer unisex and custom options. It’s fun to find inspiration in colors, textures and style and come up with a unique design.
I like sewing bags, purses and aprons and I offer custom orders for some of my most popular designs in crochet fingerless gloves, shawls, scarves, hats and more. I love making shawls and I especially love chunky yarn and buttons.
I recently celebrated 15 years with my LazyTcrochet Etsy shop. I started out as a stay-at-home Mom, then went to work full time and now I’m a full time caregiver for my Mom. I like being a mentor for other crocheters and women in business.
I am most proud of being featured in a Holiday Gift Guide for Midwest Living Magazine, back in 2012. It was a simple shoulder warmer button wrap that quickly became my best seller on Etsy. I enjoyed a touch of notoriety and the love and support from friends and family.
Some of my crochet patterns are available on Ravelry.com, both free and paid and am always working on something new to share.
I love knitting, crochet, needle felting and fabric crafts. Mixing them up is the fun part!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Situated between Cleveland and Pittsburgh, we tend to visit Pittsburgh more often since my husband and I both grew up near there. We love our Pittsburgh Steelers, visiting the Strip District and the zoo, but our favorite spot is Penn Brewery on the North Side. If Cleveland is new to you we would spend a day at the beach on Lake Erie and look for beach glass. The West Side Market has an incredible variety of international options, produce, butchers, seafood, spices and more. As a foodie it’s hard to decide which restaurant to go to in and around Cleveland. I have a list of places yet to try and it’s always changing.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My Mom crocheted when I was young, but I had no interest in learning. It wasn’t until I was an adult that I taught myself how to knit, crochet, and more from a collection of needlework books that she gave me. We used to crochet together all the time, but Alzheimer’s has made things more difficult. She is still my biggest fan!
Linkedin: Tricia Hodson