Monday, May 04, 2009

Ravelry = Schmavelry?

I'm a bit upset right now, and it's all Ravelry's fault. Well, not really Ravelry's fault, but it's sort of the cause for my anger. I had some yarn in the "trade/sell" section of my stash, and was contacted by another knitter who was interested in that particular yarn. I agreed to swap the yarn because I thought this would be easier than selling. Just before we exchanged postal addresses, another knitter wrote to me, willing to buy the very same yarn. But as I had promised it to the first knitter, I had to say no.

Anyways, knitter #1 and I exchanged addresses, and she said she'd mail the yarn she wanted to swap with me in the next couple of days. I myself, on the other hand, didn't get to mail the yarn she wanted only before Easter (even though I hadn't received anything in return yet). Because I had mailed a few things before that did not arrive at the addressee, I decided to go with a registered letter. The mail person gave me a receipt with a tracking number, so I could check where letter was. So, that's how I know that the yarn landed at the address I was given. However, I haven't heard a thing from knitter #1 since. Not even after I messaged her to ask if she had received the yarn she had wanted to swap. (Needless to say that my letter box remains pretty empty - no yarn)

I guess it's quite logic that I'm pretty pissed off right now. So far, I learned that knitters and the knitting community are very nice and generous; but now, knitters rip off other knitters. I'm not sure if I'm more upset or more disappointed.


Cynthia said...

I am so compelled to comment. I too undertook a sell through Ravelry. Someone saw some yarn in my stash and asked if I was interested in selling it to her because she 'had to have' that particular colour. Several emails later I had her address and rather than waiting for the payment we had agreed to, I sent the yarn. When she got the yarn that the email was coming, she expressed some surprise that it was on it's way (even though I had waited about 10 days to mail it). Once it was in her hands and after expressing her delight in the colour, she told me she couldn't afford the yarn anymore and wanted to know what I would like to do. She sent it back and I ended up paying duty on the returned yarn (they are so many learned lessons here and most glaringly obvious) but I have to say I was pissed to say the least - I turned down another offer for the same yarn obligating myself to this other knitter. I understand the issues of our current economy but why agree to something and then, after I send the yarn, back out? Long story short I understand your frustration (I just got my yarn back last week - she got in 4 days, it took two weeks for me to get it back). I feel both upset and disappointed but perhaps sometimes we think that all knitters act as we do and I sadly believe that is not the case.

Anonymous said...

honestly? I don't think you jumped to a conclusion too early, really. She should have mailed out the yarn when you guys said that you would. And when she didn't she should have messaged you. Send a message over to one of the moderator's of the iso and destashing group, somebunnyslove (Kim). Hopefully though the swapper will mail out you yarn to you.
I agree with you though, its a big pain in the arse. But its nice to get rid of the unwanted yarn through the trade/sale pages. :)