February 22, 2006

Top left corner is the jaywalker sock I have turned the heel and am about to start the gusset. The forest parade knitpicks came in so I can finally finish those other jaywalkers I am working on. Yep, that is more sock yarn, after all if I am going to pay a mere $2 in shipping, I have to spread it around, ha ha. Top corner is dye your own!

The center, bottom purple yarn is my first spun yarn, it is 2 ply and is 3 ozs. The top purple one is the same, however my legs were starting to hurt (feel the burn, baby!) So, I asked my husband to spin the wheel and ply it for a sec while I took a break. I go and get some water. When I came back in the room he is obnoxiously abusing my wheel. It looked like he was riding a bike and the yarn was not spinning/plying together, instead being sucked in, it even broke. Man I wanted to smack him. Never let a man touch your spinning wheels, ladies. What was I thinking? So, the top isn’t ply’d very well and I think I am just going to leave it, not sure.

The answer to my science question is this…

The rhinovirus, or common cold virus, only binds to certain receptors that are in your nasal sinuses. If someone sneezes and then shakes your hand and you touch your eyes or nose you will increase your chance of getting the virus. This is why it is good to wash your hands. However, if someone just sneezed in your food, you would not get the virus. In addition, if you were to lick your carpet, more than likely there is nothing there that would give you an infectious disease. So, as much as we can’t stand germs a diry floor isn’t going to kill you.

One last thing, I learned in my anatomy class that your tear glands are actually in your eyelids. The tears wash across your eyes to the corner of your eyes where they drain into your ducts. The ducts are connected to your nasal sinuses. Have you ever cried so hard you couldn’t breath out of your nose? This is why. This is also why if you shake the hand of someone who has the cold virus on their hands and then you rub your eye you can get the cold virus.

What did you learn from my mini lesson, besides that you can lick carpet and be safe?

1. Frequent Handwashing is good. Anti-bacterial soaps won’t make a difference as we are talking about the common cold virus. Normal soap will work fine.

2. Don’t touch your nose or eyes.



  1. After the science lesson, can I lick my laminate floor like I can lick a carpet? How about tiles? LOL

  2. I don’t know…the line “What did you learn from my mini lesson, besides that you can lick carpet and be safe?” sent my mind right into the gutter…and who knows what I’ll pick up there. 😉

  3. Roxanne: Unless you spilled something like raw chicken or something with bacteria on the tile it is probably okay. So the “5 second rule” probably is a pretty valid rule. Your body is covered in bacteria but unless you have a compromised immune system you are fine.

    Amy, it is the hormones. 😉

  4. Thanks Wendy…I took some microbiology too so I know we have more bacterial cells on our body than we have actual body cells. Pretty cool stuff and thanks for sharing!

  5. Well…it’s good to know that the “five-second-rule” can apply to my food that my son sneezes on without fear of getting sick — though it doesn’t make it any more appealing.

  6. I stopped caring about the floor germs when my baby kept on eating old food off the floor. He never got sick and I am glad to know that he probably would not have even if I did care.
    I love the colors in the yarn you spun. Have you tried using it, yet?

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