Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Dragon Boat Races and a Knit Project

It never ceases to amaze me that there are so many cool things to do in Portland, especially in summer. Last weekend, after 30 plus years of living here, we went to our first Dragon Boat race. We hauled lawn chairs, cameras, and my ubiquitous knitting [see, instructions below], and headed to Waterfront Park. Over 90 teams in colorful boats, competed on the Willamette River all day Saturday and Sunday. Suprisingly, they have been competing for 20 years.

Dear daughter, Katie, competed as flag catcher for the Portland State University Green Dragon's team. As flag catcher, the trick is to lean out as far as possible from the dragon's head, and not fall into the Willamette --something that you definitely don't want to do!

Dragon Boat teams practice year round, and compete internationally. There was such a friendly competitive spirit among the teams, that it's definitely worth checking out. Among the students and professionals competing, there was also a team from a local retirement home with a woman in her 80's in the race, plus, a team of cancer survivors. It was very inspiring. There will be another race in Portland on September 12th.

It's always good to have a portable project between meets like Mistake Rib Scarf: Cast on in multiples of 3. 21,24, 27, 30 etc. Use any size yarn and needles to match-I use a worsted yarn, and size 8 needles. All rows; K2, P1, continue to the end of the project. A good length for this scarf is 52 inches. That's all there is to it. Have fun!

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful blog site. Love the pictures of low tide, and the breakfast. Great, what an interesting town!
    The jewelry is beautiful. I will look forward to reading your blogs in the future.


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