Jan 18

The past couple of months, I have been doing a lot of gift knitting, and most of the recipients have been thrilled to received them (just had a co-worker show off the socks I knitted for her saying they were the warmest socks she ever had).  But, what do you do when asked to knit something for someone, and you don’t even get an acknowledgement that the package you mailed to them arrived?  How hard is to it just sent a text or a PM on Facebook that says, “Got the _____ in the mail today.  Thank you.” ?

I have knitted some beautiful items for two people (one of whom asked for said item) and I had to ask one of them (three weeks after I mailed it to them) if they received it (I got a “Yes, I got it. Thanks.”) and the other one I heard from a third party that the package got there.  I am told they both loved their gifts, but I have to admit that it is very hard to knit other things for them when they can’t take the time to let me know that said gift even got to them.

I am knitting another gift for one of them, and I will admit that I am having a hard time finishing it because I don’t know that it will be appreciated, much less even acknowledged.  This person does not know it is coming.  Should I just not send it and gift it to someone else who will appreciate it and who always lets me know that they got it and love it?  Do I write the said two people off as being not knit-worthy, even if they are family?  I mean, the items I made them were from the softest wool, not cheap acrylic, and took some time and effort on my part.

And that is my dilemma.  Should I or shouldn’t I?  Part of me thinks they will come back and say “You always knit stuff for others, but how come I don’t get stuff, too?”  In a way, I hope this happens because I’d love to tell them, “Well, because I hear from the others that the gift arrived and that they like and wear said stuff.  I never heard from you on the things I sent to you, so why should I continue sending you things that you won’t even acknowledge receiving?”

I hope I am not sounding petty on this.  All I want, really, is a quick note saying that the gift arrived safely and a simple thank you for it.  Is that asking too much?