I do believe I have found the root of the problem.
I was shocked when I opened the dryer today and saw a massive ball of lint sitting right in the middle of my freshly laundered clothes. Did I forget to put the lint filter back in? But then I saw the eyes. Hmmm, a lint ball with eyes!
After staring each other down for a few moments, the little lint ball jumped to the side of the dryer, never taking its big eyes off of me.
I backed up in surprise and it once again used those amazingly long legs to launch itself right out of the dryer!
Never in my life had I seen anything like this little thing! What could it be? As it scampered across the top of the dryer and jumped down behind, I set my camera down and leaned over to investigate. And there it was, baby sock in tow, slipping into a small hole in the dryer vent hose.
It's a Sock Monster, folks! They really do exist! And I wouldn't be surprised if your house has one too.