one of my guy friends, who I taught how to knit, actually wrapped me a small bag of coffee beans and a carribou giftcard in a ball of cheap black yarn a few years back as a birthday present. It's still one of the best gifts I've ever gotten.
Odds are good that the goods are gone. Did you get an angel? I'm sure you did, but I understand the feeling of frustration. I knit someone a Hurley doll once durring a LOST swap, and she flaked. My poor Hurley.