Picot Edge Socks

I have not posted in a while, because I have been dealing with daily migraine. Not fun... I would normally not share this, as it feels very personal. However, I also feel that it is time for me to stop denying its impact on my life and pretending that all is good. I started having episodic migraine about 10 years ago, initially, only for a few days per month. However, throughout the years my migraines became more intense, frequent, and difficult to manage. Now I have a migraine every day, the majority of them quite disabling. Unfortunately, migraine is a poorly understood disease without a cure and only with limited treatment options, many of them with horrible side effects. And without responsive prevention and treatment it has been shown to lead to chronic daily migraine in many individuals.

According to the Migraine Research Foundation, migraine affects about 39 million people in the United States alone and 1 billion worldwide. (That is 1 in 7 people!) Of these, more than 4 million Americans have chronic daily migraine. In addition, it is estimated that 9 out of 10 people with migraine cannot function normally during an attack and 1 in 5 are disabled. Sadly, it is also the least funded research area in the United States disproportionate to its disease burden compared to other diseases. One reason migraine research is so poorly funded is because of the social stigma of the disease. There is a perception that migraine is an inconvenient but relatively benign disease, rarely leading to death. While I hope that this perception will change someday, I am also just trying to accept that I may never find an effective treatment and be migraine-free. I haven't given up though and am still looking for new treatment options. However, I realize now that I can't keep waiting to live until I am migraine-free. By accepting that migraine is a part of my life, I am learning to stop wishing for my old life back and to be present where I am. I am hoping to appreciate good moments and focus only on these. I am planning to do things that make me feel good.

Knitting is one of these. It makes me feel good. Sometimes I enjoy creating something challenging, while other times I just crave the repetitive motion of knitting. The last 2 weeks I felt the latter. I love knitting simple socks, because I can just pick up some yarn and do it. I don't have to think about it much. I made a pair of socks with picot edge from leftover DROPS Fabel in Candy, one of my favorite sock colors. I used this yarn before, when I was just learning how to knit socks. Amazingly, I had enough for an entire second pair from the 2 skeins (100g) I purchased.

Socks knitted topdown picot edge with DROPS Fabel Candy and yellow rhododendron flowers

These socks reminded me of my beautiful rhododendrons, so I included a picture of a few of them. I hope you enjoy looking at them too.

Yellow rhododendron bush and white, purple, and red rhododendron flowers

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