Saturday, October 06, 2007

A tragic knitting tale...

As some of you probably recall, I was in a sock swap on the Knittyboard and sent these socks to Jenneke. Well, she sent my package a long time ago, but it still hadn't arrived. I wasn't too worried, I've had international packages take extended trips before.

So you can imagine how excited I was to see it in my mailbox last night when I got home. (The package was sent from the Netherlands on 8/28 and got here on 10/5 - ugh.)

Well I got the package into my apartment and started to open it, which is when all my excitement turned to anger. See, the package had been opened and little bits of the wrapping had been torn off:



There were also two very mangled bars of chocolate. :( However it was taped up again all beautifully, so because of this and due to the long delay I'm assuming it was held up at customs.

So I opened this wrapped package and found the most beautiful yarn:



But... NO SOCKS.

Yes, whenever the package was opened the socks were separated from it. I am so sad to think of my socks, which I'm sure were beautiful, floating around lost in customs or wherever they are. I'm definitely going to report it - I called USPS right away and they basically said I could file a "missing item report" but that there is pretty much no chance the socks will be recovered.

I debated writing about it here, but I didn't want my most observant readers to see that I sent socks to my pal and never got any in return, so I'm putting this out there to say a big "Thank You!" to Jenneke, who sent the package out complete and on time. I already emailed her and told her what happened yesterday.

In any case the yarn is gorgeous and I'm so glad I had such a nice and thoughtful partner who sent me such nice goodies.

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12 Comments:

Blogger Nichole D. said...

Aww, that really sucks! It always helps to leave "bribes" for customs. We had a friend in the Peace Corps, and would wrap her stuff in newspaper and mass amounts of tape, and leave chocolate bars, pens, and other little goodies for the customs people, because they're corrupt asshats. So sorry you're the victim of these guys!

2:02 PM  
Blogger IrishgirlieKnits & PashyKnits said...

Oh no. That's awful!! Seriously customs people!?!?! As much as I'm sure they would have been lovely to have, I feel bad for your pal who worked so hard on them and then for them to never show up. Bummer! Fortunately she was thoughtful to send along some extra yarn and that made it safely...that color is gorgeous.. and very you :)

2:20 PM  
Blogger Cassandra said...

so sad! someone out there is wearing your socks!
it very much irritates me how easy it is for postal workers/ customs agents, etc to steal things from our mail with impunity. ive filed those missing item reports before. nothing ever comes of it.

2:36 PM  
Blogger Alyson said...

I would be So. Pissed. And poor Jenneke!!! All that work just gone missing! Stupid USPS has no accountability for anything. I'm sorry :-(

3:02 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

That's just awful! I wonder if some customs agent is walking around in some very beautiful handknit socks!

3:08 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

No socks? Ah that is a shame. Customs is making it harder and harder to do international swaps.

3:19 PM  
Blogger Elemmaciltur said...

That really sucks....sorry to hear that your socks are lost.

5:30 PM  
Blogger Jenneke said...

Not only were the socks I knit taken from the package, also a second set of yarn, alpaca merino from the Natural Dye Studio, was taken. I guess the customs/postal employee has good taste. I just blogged about it too and posted a picture of the socks.

11:40 AM  
Blogger Rebel said...

That's awful! You should go down to the post office and ask to see everyone's socks. Well, you'd probably have to go to the customs office. Bummer. The yarn is pretty though!

11:10 AM  
Blogger midgeling said...

Oh, man! That totally sucks! How disappointing for both of you. Between airport security and the postal service, these people have just been given free access to grope and grab and screw with whomever they choose. I just hope karma catches up with these people.

12:38 PM  
Blogger Jess in boston said...

that just sucks. I had my own sock disaster this week -- left my in-progress sock knitting on a plane, never to be seen again! It especially hurts that the finished sock was in the bag, too! The loss of the needles, yarn, close-to-done sock, yeah, that hurts. But the other finished sock too??? Man. I haven't quite recovered yet, in case you can't tell! :) So I can definitely relate to this story. I'm sorry to hear it, though!

8:22 AM  
Blogger String Bean said...

They took your socks!? Ack! That's awful. So much for privacy, eh? All I can say is Join the Club. Allison and I have had a continuing debate about the low standards of USPS.

You just gave me customs fear. I hope they don't terrorize my alpaca from Canada. *extreme nail biting*

12:35 PM  

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