I crocheted my way through the Midwinter Gathering, and liked it. I felt like I had joined the community of stitchy people. But I was also interested to notice that crocheting seemed to keep me from blurting out jokes at inappropriate times during business meeting, one of my less attractive habits. I also found that having my hands busy allowed me to focus my mind more effectively; often I have a notebook open in biz meeting, and end up doodling or thinking about to-do lists or starting to write something. A pen and a blank sheet of paper is too appealing.
(Disclaimer up-front: Su links to an article of mine in her post. I didn't know that when I started reading her post, and had already decided I wanted to link to her post, because I like what she said and it made me think.)
I wish I had figured it out about handwork earlier. My love affair with Quaker process would have gone more smoothly, earlier, I think, if I had had some form of handwork in Meeting for Worship with Attention to Business sooner. Actually, I did want to do handwork earlier, and even tried to learn to knit for the third time -- and failed for the third time.
But, I learned to crochet when I did, and it definitely helps keep me centered, and helps me listen better.
Looking at Su's pictures, I have a vision of her making a rainbow octopi for the FLGBTQC auction at FGC Gathering. *grin*