I'm from Canada, and never heard the term beanie till I moved to San Diego (temporarily) for school. I go to a store to buy a touque. Asked one of the girls working where they kept their touques. She looked at me like I was a moron.
I actually had to describe what I was looking for. Eventually she figured it out, I explained I was Canadian she laughs but then was all confused. I asked her what she called it, she referred to it as a beanie. Evidently, i phoned my friends back home and they couldn't believe it. It sounds ridiculous, it's not like I'm from some hick town. I live in vancouver haha. I drive to Seattle all the time. But never have i encountered this.
Um, beanie? haha.
What do you call it?