Another thing about patterns for knitting in meetings: they shouldn’t look too complicated to other people. So the piece I’m working on now — a pair of fingerless mitts worked in the round — is really simple, but DPNs (double-pointed needles) look freaky complicated. And that distracts other people, even if I’m just fine.
(I finished my last meeting-friendly project; a Fibonacci scarf for C. I need to start something new before next week! I have a hat/bonnet in mind that is mostly a pretty straightforward rib.)
Conversely, the nice thing about taking knitting to a meeting — and being early — is that it makes something of a conversation piece, a good topic for friendly chit-chat.