I had both Dad and Chuck as escorts for each knit shop adventure. They were patient and didn't hurry me. I stopped and petted each skein of yarn in every store and as you know that takes awhile. We even went to a department store to check out the yarn selection, we had to go to the very top of the store, four stories up and then to the way back corner... it was fun.
Lots of young folks in Germany are wearing crochet beanies. These are made from thick, brightly colored, wool/acrylic blend yarns. Many of them have pom-poms on the top and some sort of tag on the edge. Each pom-pom was different and unusual. The tags can be bought in wool shops (yarn stores).
My mother liked mine so well we went to Maschenkunst in Koln and picked her up a bunny tail in a very natural colorway...
Well as you already know Elizabeth and I are going to continue knitting for others as well as knitting for ourselves. Have a Happy New Year!