The ACA with Salena Baca on the Yarn Thing Podcast

Join Marly Bird and guest Salena Baca, on the Yarn Thing Podcast at 10am MST on Monday October 23rd. Learn all about Salena’s membership service with the American Crochet Association.Yarn Thing Podcast with Marly Bird and guest Salena Baca

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About Salena Baca:

Salena Baca learned to crochet before grade school and has been wildly obsessed ever since!

After crocheting “in the closet” most of her life, Salena burst out after finding Ravelry in 2009. Learning that an entire world of crocheters were available to connect with was life-changing. It determined her next career move; crochet design and networking.

She began designing patterns that appealed to her style, and has formed platforms such as Salena Baca Crochet, the Design Wars Challenge, Happily Hooked MagazineThe Pattern Pack, and the American Crochet Association.

She’s published over 200 patterns, has very strong ties in the crochet and fiber arts community, and is the author of Crochet for Christmas and My Crochet Closet. Salena currently lives with her family in Oregon.

Listen to the Show:

Listen on Blog Talk radio (or your favorite podcast player):

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Find Salena online in the following locations:

American Crochet Association Website

Salena’s Ravelry Page

Salena on Facebook

Salena on Pinterest

American Crochet Association’s YouTube Channel

Shop Salena’s books

Salena’s Episodes:

This is not Salena’s first time on the Yarn Thing Podcast. We are so happy that she could come back again. She was on the show for the first time to talk about her Craftsy class, Modern Crochet Afghans: Color & Texture. Head over to the show notes for that episode to learn more about her class.

Purchase Salena’s Craftsy class here:

Modern Crochet Afghans Color & Texture Craftsy Class with Salena Baca

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  1. Leslie Cloud says:

    What a great podcast. Salena I love what you are doing and your concept of this type of training!! I’m very excited to look at the ACA website!! I have a full-time job, but wish crochet was my full-time job!! Love the concept of YARN LIFE, that you just talked about! Thank you for all of your information!

  2. Mary Alice says:

    I will look up more information on your classes. My yarn life right now is changing. My local yarn store is going out of business. Saturday is the last day. I have taken advantage of some good sales and am in the process of organizing all my craft supplies and craft magazines. In addition to crochet and knitting, I also make jewelry, sew, and have started to quilt. So, I have a lot of supplies, and things started piling up when I had cancer and did not feel up to organizing. Our yarn store was a great place for knitters to congregate and get to know each other. I am working on keeping that going at another location. By the way I said knitters because I am the only one who does much crochet. So, that is my yarn life in flux. Thanks for the great podcast!

  3. Dawn Colbert says:

    Just saw the video. Love the talk you two had. I belong to the ACA, Salena Baca Crochet, Yarn Life. Love her patterns also.

  4. Vicki L Lynch says:

    I wish my yarn life was a bigger portion of my day….Having a day job seems to take more time than my yarn life would like.

  5. Robin Delano says:

    Crochet has gotten me through some recent dark days. My. Yarn Life has meant everything to me. I’ll have to look for the show to add to my days.

  6. Teresa Tindall Johnson says:

    A few weeks ago I learned about Yarn Life From a post on Facebook by Marly. I instantly fell in love with Salena! I look forward to learning more about the business from her. Marly this was a Great show as always!

  7. Bonnie says:

    I really enjoyed listening to this episode and learning about the ACA. I’ve always loved school and learning so it really piqued my interest and I would definitely look into enrolling in the program. It was my first time hearing about Yarn Life so I will also have to check that one out.

  8. Nadine Z says:

    I love the ACA and Yarn Life! Salena Baca and Marly Bird are wonderful role models for the modern crochet world!!

  9. WallflowerGal says:

    Yarn life is the only life worth living! hehe
    Loved hearing about the ACA and all that Salena has been up to. Peace Love Crochet (and Knit) to all!

  10. Jenny says:

    I cannot wait to retire so that I have more of a yarn life. When I have to bring home my yarn stash from my office I don’t know what my husband will say because he already thinks I have enough yarn at home! lol

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