My mom knitted all the time when we kids were young, and one winter we nagged her to teach us. My brothers and I knitted for years, I have done some as an adult but it's been a long time. I have a nephew in his mid-20's who was diagnosed with schizophrenia some years ago. He lives in a small town where there is little for him to do. He's under county guardianship and on meds but occasionally gets into trouble if he has a few beers (starts obsessing, panic attacks, delusions, ends up in hospital). He told me on the phone from the hospital he thinks a lot because he is always searching for the truth but sometimes his thoughts wear him out. I told him how his dad and uncles knitted when they were kids (his dad has almost zero insight into the human mind, let alone a schizophrenic son; the only way he knows how to spend time with his son is to get him on the tractor to cultivate a field on his farm). I think knitting might be very beneficial for my nephew. He lives quite a ways away from me so not sure when I'd have a chance to get him started, although his mother (a depressed alcoholic who is not married to his dad) lives nearby and apparently knitted at one time and could help. What I am looking for is ideas and easy patterns/instruction for a 20-something guy in the hinterlands to perhaps start with. I could buy materials and needles to send to him. Thanks in advance.