My youngest has been knitting scarves for his toys ever since though. He's even progressed past garter stitch through stocking stitch and onto moss stitch. He wasn't so keen on all that backwards and forwards stuff though, so moss stitch didn't last too long.
Still, one of his toys has a mighty fine looking scarf with 6 rows of moss stitch in the middle!
Secondly, I learnt I had way more patience than I ever previously believed. If before I thought I had a puddle's depth of patience, while teaching six year olds to knit I found out that the puddle has a false bottom and there's an entire well underneath. It was quite a revelation to me, but why does it take me being with other people's children to learn how to do better with my own? Whatever the reason, it made the event full-on fun and rewarding rather than frustrating.
I've even managed to access my new found patience since while helping the boys with their homework. Who knew it was even possible to get through a homework session with your seven year old without steam escaping through your ears?
So while I thought I was teaching kids to knit, really they were teaching me a more important lesson. And although I can't guarantee that my well of patience will never reduce to a puddle again, at least I know there's more to be had: believe it and it's there.