Summary of “The day I brought my knitting to the boardroom – Experience Magazine”

Even after-hours, I was so incapable of mono-tasking that I needed to play puzzle games to keep myself from getting restless while watching TV. When I realized I was wasting hours a day on Words with Friends or Threes, I decided it was time to take up a more productive hobby: knitting.
Knitting in Serious Business Settings felt like a needless provocation, even for me – and a particular risk, given the challenges of being a woman in the corporate world.
A survey of more than 3,500 knitters found that knitting actually made people feel calm, giving me some hope that I might eventually become the kind of person who can just sit still for the length of a meeting.
A study of a knitting guild in my own backyard revealed that many knitters see their hobby “As a means to focus in meetings, during conversations, or while listening to music or watching TV.”.
Sociologist Corey D. Fields has noted that younger women are repositioning knitting as a way to counteract “The overwhelming influence of technology and abstraction in their work lives.” To counter the depiction of knitting as the domain of white women, the #diverseknitty movement has drawn attention to the work of women of color and to questions of inclusion in the fiber arts community.
With the confidence that comes from finding validation – political and even academic – for something you enjoy, I grew bolder about knitting in the kinds of work situations that formerly drove me into the arms of my iPhone.
I’ve knit my way through interminable conference calls, trusting that the caliber of my participation will justify the moments when my knitting drifts in view of the webcam.
As long as there has been anyone in the room looking at a phone or laptop, I’ve felt justified in producing my knitting.

The orginal article.