It's time for our first contest! Listed below are scavenger hunt questions. Feel free to work with other members of your Blend -- pool resources to find answers if you want. Your answers are all about members of the swap so, in providing your answers, give the name of the swap member. In other words, document your research! You can repeat people, i.e., if you find a person who fits multiple categories, feel free to name them over and over again!

There are two categories, the answers for the first group of questions should be about your Blend only; the answers for the second group are from the swap as a whole.

If you have a blog, please post your answers there so we can all enjoy your efforts. If you don't have a blog, please email or PM your answers to your Blend Hostess.


What do you get? Fun! Bragging rights! Oh...and there will be prizes for the first successful hunter in each Blend. The names of the four winners will be put in a hat and one grand prize winner will be chosen.

In Your Blend:
  1. What U.S. state has the most folks in your Blend?
  2. What is the most popular Ravatar choice, i.e., self portrait, child, pet, yarn, etc.
  3. Find someone with over 100 posts. (Bonus if it's not a blend hostess.)
  4. Who is the oldest Raveler in the group, i.e., Ravelry membership, not age!
  5. Who is the newest Raveler in the group?
  6. Find a sock knitter.
  7. Find a spinner.
  8. Find two people with the same favorite drink.
  9. Find two bloggers.
  10. Find two non-bloggers.

Outside Your Blend:

  1. Find two people who dye yarn.
  2. Find two people with the same favorite color(s).
  3. Find two people with the same favorite fragrance.
  4. Find two people with the same favorite yarn(s).
  5. Find someone with more than four kids. (Bonus if you find more than one.)
  6. Find three people who live outside the U.S.
  7. Find someone with an unusual pet.
  8. Find someone with at least three pets.
  9. Find two people with birthdays in the same week.
  10. Find two people with the same favorite curse word.
On behalf of all the Hostesses, I hope that everyone has now been contacted by their swap partners, reviewed their swap partners questionnaires, and started preparation of swap kits. Part of the fun of any swap is finding those little extras that make kits special and unique. Keep in mind that the mailing date is August 22. Kits can obviously be sent prior to that date, and early mailing is encouraged.

In this swap there will be no specific requirement to maintain weekly contact with your swap partner as in many other swaps. No one will be checking up on you, but we strongly encourage you to take the time to get to know each other. We obviously all share common interests in both knitting and Starbucks. Take the time to find out what other interests you share with your swap partners. You may be surprised!

This swap is sponsored by School of Swap on Ravelry. We encourage you to make use of School of Swap as a tool in making your swap experience successful, particularly if you are a first-time swapper. It's a wonderful method for establishing accountability and staying on track.

Later this week an inter-blend scavenger hunt will commence. Some of the items can be found by searching through all the blends, others will be specific to individual blends. Prizes will be awarded. Grab a mug of your favorite blend and settle in for some fun.

Finally, weekly chats in the Coffee Lounge will commence this week. Neila will host the first chat on Wednesday, July 16, at 9:00 EDT (8:00 CDT, 7:00 MDT, and 6:00 PDT). We realize that not everyone can be present right at the start of the chat. Please feel free to drop in anytime during the evening. We try to pick times when people in most time zones are available. Each hostess will be hosting a chat and times will be announced so check here for days and times.

Coffee, My Old Friend
By Karie Lesly

An aroma that fills the room with warmth brewing gently,
steady and calm.
Two friends together in stolen moments sharing soul, heart, life.
Weaving through the years
like a fine delicate lace.
The design unravels details,
simplicity, sometimes flaws.
And even still, meshing together
bonded by each cup.
The tenderness of solitude
occassionally with a good book.
As I take the first sip
of the first cup
I realize again that I am blessed.
To share this cup with such a friend,
sometimes it being only me.
So much more than flavor, roast or blend...
A way of life.

Enjoy the holiday weekend everyone!
Hopefully by now most of you have received the information on your swap partner. If you haven't, please be patient. Some of us might not have had an adequate amount of caffeine yet!

Please take the time to fill out the following questionnaire and post your answers either to your blog (if you have one), on Ravelry, or here. You can also email your partner for additional information. Use this questionnaire as a stepping stone to getting to know your partner. When you post your responses, please use your full name in addition to your Ravelry ID.

1. Full name
2. Ravelry ID
3. Email address
4. Blog address (if you have one)
5. Handmade item you desire in the swap (bag, cup cozy, etc.)
6. Starbucks item you desire (gift card, mug, beans, etc.)
7. Favorite Starbucks beverage/bean
8. Favorite snack food
9. Favorite color(s)
10. Favorite fragrance
11. What types of things do you like to knit?
12. Do you spin?
13. Do you dye your own yarn?
14. Favorite yarns
15. Favorite needles
16. Do you have any allergies?
17. Would you be willing to prepare an angel kit if necessary?
18. Do you have any special requests?
19. Do you have any pets?
20. Is your home smoking or nonsmoking?

Let the fun begin!

The Need (Haiku)
by Karen Suriano

desperate people
comprise lengthy lines, not for
food. their need: starbucks