My name is Hailey Smedley, and I knit and crochet chunky scarves and accessories in Guthrie, Oklahoma. I am a stay-at-home mother of two and married to my high school sweetheart, who picks up insane amounts of yarn for me. I design and write all of my own patterns, and I’m the dreamer, maker, and sole person behind Ozetta.
My shop is dedicated to my great-grandmother Marjorie Ozetta, who taught me the foundations of knitting and crocheting when I was 10 years old. I would stay with her for weeks in the summer months, and we would wake up early to cook breakfast, watch movies, and curl up in her handmade quilts, crocheting. She always said “little Hailey, you can do anything.” I used to only pick up my needles every year around the holidays, but when she passed away in 2007, I picked them up and never put them down. I wanted to keep her memory alive in some way, so I opened my shop.
My work involves both knitting and crocheting, and each piece I make is full of meaning, love, and attention to detail. I get excited when I work on something new – it’s almost like I can’t rest until I finish. I attach a handcrafted, wooden Ozetta tag to each piece, which, coupled with my craftsmanship, makes it authentic and unique. I think when people read about my shop, they feel as though they are wearing a part of a story, and to me this is more important than anything.
Etsy gave me a place to live out my dream and reach people worldwide. Before I started selling, I was enamored with the thought of receiving something handmade, and was thrilled I could own something crafted by an individual. I knew I wanted to be a bigger part of Etsy and create knitted or crocheted accessories for people just like me. After all, there is truly nothing like the warmth and coziness of a handmade scarf.
My shop has given me the chance to be my best person. I have always been creative, but now it is a constant in my life. I think when you are surrounded by something you love doing, you become greater. When you invest your creativity and hard work, it shows. Ozetta has given me the chance to stay at home with my two little ones and enjoy time with them while they are young. I live a very simple life, surrounded by my family in a place I love.
Maker and studio photographs by Danielle Darbe Photography.