Per her eponymous blog, Melanie Ham‘s crafting journey began online seven years ago before evolving into the tight-knit community it is today. Her crafting content brought in 811K YouTube subscribers, and her sincere posts on her personal life also made fans feel connected to her. In addition to her crafting videos, Ham often used her platform to share her cancer prognosis. Insider reports that she regularly gave honest health updates on living with Epithelioid Angiomyolipoma, a rare type of cancer that affects soft tissues in the body.
Fans shared their condolences in the comments section on her husband’s Instagram tribute post. One user reflected on her immense impact on the crafting community, writing “I never met her, but I loved her. She touched my life with her beautiful crafts. I’m forever grateful for the gifts and talents she shared with the world. Such a lovely person. Rest In Peace Melanie and may God bless you always. God’s peace and blessings to the family and her crafting community.”
Ham’s tribute post is filled with many more comments recognizing her knitting prowess and warm nature.