Last week I saw the Family of Five again at hydrotherapy, and I was ready!
I had a bag of 5 (surplus) pairs of knitting needles and 5 balls of red yarn (OK, OK, it was acrylic, I admit it - I'm generous, but not that much!), and a card with some weblinks, including Knitty.com, Knitting Help, and our Stitch'n Bitch Yahoo Group. I showed Mum how to do a slip knot and cast on, and she knew how to knit from there.
I gave the two older boys more lessons, while their mum helped her eldest daughter. All five kids were so excited, very grateful, and very full on! I don't know how their mum copes...
I have corrupted them though. It's only a matter of time before they realise that natural fibre is just so delicious, and they need a slightly different sized needle, and wouldn't a special pattern book be nice, and ... bwah ha ha ha haaa >;)