Andy and I have jokingly referred to my online knitting friends as my "imaginary" friends, as I've never actually met any of them and only know many of you via blogs and Ravelry. Friends all the same, but friends I wouldn't actually recognize in person, and when people ask me how I know this or that person, I have to say, "Well, I haven't."
Tonight I realize how very real these friendships are to me, as I found out tonight that one of my online friends passed away last month. I knew Janet had cancer, and had been undergoing chemotherapy on and off for as long as I had known her, but she always seemed so upbeat about it that even though it sounded serious, part of me hoped maybe it wasn't.
And it was.
I suspected she was sick early this summer because I hadn't heard from her for a while, and no matter how sick she probably was, she seemed to spend as much time as she could posting encouraging comments on other knitter's blogs. I sent her a couple letters, and didn't ask what I was afraid to ask: are you okay?
She died on September 3 at the age of 49, and tonight I am mourning an online knitting friend whom I never met but sorely miss.