This one may be a bit long, run to the loo and grab a cuppa, i'll wait...
So, i've been thinking about my relative lack of real life friends. When i was a kid and in school i always made great efforts to build friendships. I made calls, set up gatherings, picked people up, planned parties, etc. As the years went on after high school and lives grew busier, it became more and more work to keep friendships up or even to make new ones. Eventually it became clear that i was the one doing most of the work...i was making the calls and the plans. I'm sure some of you out there can relate. Eventually i came to the point where i thought, "why am i bothering?". Did i really enjoy the company of the people i was trying to spend time with? Do i learn anything from that person? Do they learn anything from me? Is the relationship a good give and take?
Through the years, my friendships have dwindled to just about nil. At this point in my life, i have a wonderful handful of friends back in NW Indiana, i have the few fun knitting gals in my knitting group and i have a small circle of Internet Friends i've come to know and care about...even though i've never met them in person. I know that last bit may seem odd to some, but there's an unmistakable bond that ties some Internet friends. We may not be able to explain it, it just is. We're bonded by common interests and shared experiences. That's how it is with several people who are my online, blogging, knitting, Internet friends. In my mind and heart, i consider them to be friends just like my real life friends. That's just how i'm made.
I recently blogged about the wonderful yarns that JP gifted me with. (He's not blogging a lot right now because he's working hard and due to graduate from the University of Alabama in about 21 days!) Last year i blogged about how Dave gifted me with his spare swift and some books from my Amazon wish list. I've also blogged about the wonderful items that Erin sent me after i did some test knitting for her. I also received some wonderful yarn from Robin M, and from Cookie too . In addition to these things, i've received extra special goodies from some of the contests i've entered and won. I've won contests offered by Michelle (who decided to quit blogging), Lesa, Becky, Robin and Erin (oops, i never blogged about that prize!).
Well, Dave just struck again. He's sneaky, that one! Look what he sent to me.
I am extra giddy over these gifts. It just so happens that i LOVE Moose. I adore Dave's shop logo. And i had recently decided to start collecting totes from shops i buy from and visit. Dave, i cannot thank you enough! You are so incredibly generous and thoughtful, i'm very lucky to count you among the Internet friends i've made. One of these days i'll have Deb cart my arse up to Boston so we can hang out, talk fiber, and share a good meal. I can't wait.
In writing this post, it's dawned on me that there have been two other people who have gifted me with items and being the slacker that i am i think i have failed to blog about and thank one of them and KNOW i have overlooked the other! Gasp! I suck!
Long ago, when we still lived back in Indiana, Kat once gifted me with a box of yarns she was not using. Those yarns were eventually used in various projects and put to great use! Thanks Kat! You know i love you. ;)
And then there's Mia. Mia is one of a kind. Mia has a HUGE sock yarn addiction and she's a fantastic stash enabler. LOL I actually know Mia in person, she's one of the wonderful gals in our knitting group that tries to meet twice a month. There have been several times when Mia has brought wonderful gifties to me. She once brought a giant bag of her leftover yarns...i've used some, shared some and still have a lot left. She's gifted me with this, and some lace weights that i've yet to photograph. Mia has also given me some fun knitting magazines and an adorable frog that she sewed...oh yes, she sews and quilts too. I don't think she sleeps! I really need to take more photos of all of those things. Mia, thank you so much for sharing your yarn addiction and your talents. I appreciate you very much.
See? I told you this would be a long one.
In closing, i'd like to say thank you very much to all of the friends i've made through blogging and knitting. The knitting community may not be understood by all, but those of us involved, know that it's truly a wonderful place. I am very fortunate to have met some wonderful Internet friends and i plan to continue growing those friendships through our blogs, emails and hopefully a visit or two some day. You all keep me sane and mean the world to me.