You smell!

I wish the Grand Hotel would take whatever makes it smell so sweet, even from the sidewalk (like I’d ever have an occasion to go in; there’s a doorman, for crying out loud!), and apply it to the rest of that section of downtown, because in the morning, it smells like boiling cabbage. I swear, I think I’m in Charlie Bucket’s kitchen when I get a whiff of that.

And for something more substantial: If any of you are knitters, you should join Twin Cities Stitch ‘n’ Bitch. The list is 531 members strong and a great resource for all your knitting and fiber arts needs. Another hint: if you work in downtown, there’s a lunctime stitch ‘n’ bitch on Tuesdays at noon, at the Au Bon Pain (am I the only one who reads that as, “Oh, good bread!” and imagines squeezing the plump cheek of a fresh loaf while saying so?) at 6th Street & 2nd Avenue. This area, I assure you, smells nice.

3 Comments so far

  1. Erica (unregistered) on August 6th, 2005 @ 11:28 pm

    As the resident Metblog knitting expert, what are your thoughts on the Yarn Cafe in Maple Grove? I only ask because I keep hearing it advertised on FM107 all the freaking time, and then I just saw it written up in MSP Mag last month. Is it really all that?

    You pinched a loaf. Heh.


  2. Tipper (unregistered) on August 7th, 2005 @ 6:19 am

    First of all, the Yarn Cafe is advertised on FM107 all the time because – at least, this is what I’ve heard – the yarn shop owners have connections there. They also got to be on a radio show when they opened, and I’m pretty sure that radio stations don’t go out of their way to book the newest yarn shops in town.

    The Yarn Cafe is a nice place. The concept is sound, at least, and they make good coffee. They carry great yarn and the service is good (but they lose points for never responding to any of my emails or following up with me when I wanted to make a pretty substantial order). I have two, maybe three complaints: 1) the decor, while attractive, is DARK; 2) they don’t carry many books; 3) I’m never inspired there. The latter may not be their fault, but I tend to frequent yarn shops that make me want to buy things.

    All told, I like other stores better, but I wouldn’t fault anyone for liking this one.


  3. Lex (unregistered) on August 8th, 2005 @ 12:19 pm

    That stench you smell is the Mighty Mississippi. When I lived in Lowertown St. Paul, I would forget every summer that living near the river isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.



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