Cool hat, Ingrid. That would be fun to knit.
Virtuella, my parents visited a friend in Norway a few years ago and my mom, being a knitter, wanted to get some yarn and patterns to take back. She's done this in England, Spain, France, and Iceland. She found lots of little knitting shops but they wouldn't let her buy patterns because she didn't have the right paperwork saying she had been taught the proper way to do the patterns. Her friend was currently taking some classes so she could buy more patterns. I guess some patterns are sacred and have to made just so. I have sweaters that she bought in both Iceland and Norway and that is all I wear in the winter. No need for a big coat down here. Just throw a cold-hearty sheep on your back!