I have reliably demonstrated that my memory isn’t reliable. So when I spout anything from my past, is it history really?
What Is History Really?
At the Men’s Knitting Retreat last week, I was chatting with a long-time attendee. He mentioned that he was at the first-ever retreat in 2008 and I was certain he wasn’t. He went on to describe two of the other guys who were there. I was convinced he was describing a subsequent retreat.
Once I got home, I started to look at photos and records from the 2008 retreat.
He was completely correct, and I was completely wrong. Again, not a surprise.
Then I was chatting with the only guy who has been to every Men’s Knitting Retreat at Easton Mountain. He was a resident-staff member of Easton in 2008 and he told me he had done the set up and the registration for the event way back then. How did I not know this? Or had I just forgotten?
But these interactions made me start questioning some of the statements about the Men’s Knitting Retreat history that I had been stating confidently for years. For instance, I have always said that there were 32 guys at the first ever Men’s Spring Knitting Retreat. Well, there were 32 guys registered for the retreat. But I’m pretty confident only 31 guys showed up. I’m trying to follow up on that information with the one guy.
Either way, it made me realize that I needed to start documenting this history a little better. So I’ve started doing that. For instance, I’ve done the electronic equivalent of writing the names of the guys shown in the photo on the back of the the image. I’ve also included the names of the guys not shown.
Fortunately, I was writing the blog since before the retreats started. And I have a lot of photos of most of the retreats. So re-creating more accurate history than my mind can summon will be a bit easier.
I went back to work on the latest April Showers Shawl in silk lace-weight.
It’s looking pretty certain that I won’t have enough yarn on the cone to finish the full triangle-shape of this design. But even if it turns out to be a decent width trapezoid, I’ll be happy with it.