An Introduction and Other Niceties

Hi all! Welcome to my blog! Seriously…I’ve always wanted to say that. Thank you for being here!

For my first blog post [ever!] I’d like to keep it simple by introducing myself, the Aisling brand, and outline what I plan for this little corner of the internet going forward.

We don’t know how to take nice photos together, sorry.

My name is Rebecca Bauer, and I wear many hats: mom, wife, sister, friend, and maker, to name a few.

I’m 26 years old, live in the beautiful state of Oregon with my family, and spend most of my free time covered in yarn and cat hair.

My husband and I have been married for four years, together for over nine. We have two adorable little girls who keep us on our toes and push us to be better versions of ourselves every day. (That’s the polite way of saying, “They drive us crazy!” Right? I kid, I kid.)

I’ve been obsessed with yarn since 2012 when one of my best friends taught me how to crochet a simple flower motif. I had learned to make a chain stitch as a little girl, but never knew how to actually start a row outside of that. I have a vivid memory sitting on my childhood bed with an old aluminum hook and a skein of Red Heart Super Saver in maroon, furiously chaining away in hopes that if I crocheted fast enough, somehow it would turn into something other than a 200yd snake of yarn. So, thank you Michaela, for pulling me out of the depths of endless chain despair and into the wonderful world of crocheting. I owe you one!

Crochet granny square blanket. Yarn is Lion Brand Mandala Ombre, Tranquil.

Knit baby bobble cardigan. Finished item available on my Etsy shop.

Embroidered floral bouquet on linen, 6″

After a few years of dabbling in crochet, I taught myself to knit via YouTube videos and many cups of coffee. Then came embroidery, punch needling, and weaving. I don’t think there’s a fiber art out there I wouldn’t enjoy, honestly. All of this making and obsessing over new crafts led up to the start of my design career, and while I began this business under a different name, Aisling Studio didn’t come into full fruition until 2021 after a lot of heartache and a bit of soul searching.

Aisling [ash-ling] is the Gaelic word for vision, or dream.

After the loss of my sweet dad in 2020, I realized I had an aching void in my heart to learn more about our heritage and connect with those roots somehow. To connect with him. Months of researching into my genealogy helped me track my ancestors back to the 1500’s in a small Irish village, and the rest is, quite literally, history. I won’t bore you with all of the details, but learning more about my family and our origins healed something within me. Shortly after, I rebranded my business to Aisling Studio, to honor my late father and weave his memory into everything I create from that day forward.

My vision for the Aisling Studio blog is to cultivate a welcoming space where I can let my creativity flourish. I’ll be posting my current projects and original knitting/crochet patterns, feature other talented designers from the community, host the occasional Make Along, and basically share anything I am enjoying in that current moment. Tools of the trade. Books. Music. YARN…definitely lots of yarn. It’ll be a fun time, I promise!

I hope everyone who visits will find something worthwhile to inspire them and push them further into their own creative journey. Thank you for joining me, and welcome to the Aisling Studio!

10 thoughts on “An Introduction and Other Niceties

  1. Congratulations on your new blog!
    Great first post and I can’t wait to see what you post in the future.

  2. Yeah Congratulations! Excited to follow along on your blog journey. Your family is adorable and sorry for loss of your sweet Dad.

  3. Your craft, your family, and your story are gorgeous. Congrats on the blog and the courage it took to introduce yourself to it! Can’t wait to hear more from you!!!

  4. Hi Rebecca. Glad to hear your story and have you back. I like the new name a lot. Miss your poms. I did order some of the yarn you suggested and like it a lot.
    Vicki Landry

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