How is everyone’s week going so far? Ready for the weekend?
I’ve been struck down pretty hard with occipital neuralgia, which is an inflammation or injury to the occipital nerves which innervate the back of the head including the area behind the ears. It is not the first time I’ve had this problem (it most likely stems from my C-PTSD which causes hypervigilance and constant muscle tension) but definitely the worst case so far. My neck, the back of my head, my ears and at times, my eyes hurt all the time, and it gets worse whenever I move. The pain is pulsating and dull, but from time to time, it’s very sharp and strong. I feel very sensitive to light (and it’s finally getting a little more warm and sunny!!!). It honestly sucks. I’m doing as advised by my GP: massaging the neck and shoulder muscles, trying to relax them, using heating pads and painkillers, but it’s not getting better. I’m going to see the GP again on Monday, so maybe it’s time to move to another treatment, like stronger anti-inflammatory meds, muscle relaxants, or even nerve block shots. We’ll see what she says; unfortunately, it’s a long-lasting condition. In any case, it’s no fun, and as you can imagine, I’m not doing much knitting because of the discomfort.
And since I mentioned discomfort, I thought this should be a good opportunity to talk about its opposite – comfort – and that brings me to my finished project: the Comfort Fade Cardigan.
This pattern was all the rage on Ravelry about 2 or 3 years ago, and it absolutely deserves it. It’s a very satisfying knit, in which you can watch the gradual colour transition achieved by combining different yarns. The cardigan is very comfortable, perfect for wrapping yourself around with it, and the big collar can provide additional protection to the neck when warn raised high. It’s also a very versatile project, one that can be made longer like a tunic or short, more fitting or slightly oversized – anything goes. The sweater is knitted in reversed stockinette stitch (I just decided to knit it in stockinette and then turn it wrong side out to avoid all the purl stitches) and garter stitch (collar, sleeve cuffs and bottom band), with DK-wight yarn.
I ordered a yarn set from Irish Fairytale Yarns, a transition from light grey to red, and I think it looks great. I forgot to mention that I made it for my Mum and I know she’s going to rock these colours 🙂 The only worry I have is that she’s not a fan of long sleeves (whereas I love them, my idea of perfect sleeves is when I can pull them down and hold them stretched with my fingers), and these sleeves turned out quite long. I thought about redoing them, but I like the look too much, so hopefully, she can wrap them up, or, worst case, I will unravel and knit them again if she complains 🙂
I’m going to give her a shawl pin together with the sweater as it’s an open construction, without buttons. I also think I may knit one for myself at some point because it was such joy to make and it’s a great cardigan to have in my wardrobe.
And since this post is about comfort, I’m going to end it with some photos of my cats being snuggled up, comfy or otherwise enjoying life.