Surf City Lawyers - March 2018

714-533-9210 MARCH 2018 WHYWE CROCHET Personal Touch in an Impersonal World


making something meaningful, but she didn’t know where to start. When she saw me crocheting, she thought it would blow her mom’s mind if she made a hat for her.

Now let me tell you, I say it was a joy, but it was also tough. Anna is a very left-brained person with an accounting mind, and crocheting is a right- brained activity. Teaching her was also a challenge because she is right-handed and I’m left-handed. This

I didn’t know it at the time, but the birth of my niece led to one of the most important parts of our business and my life. Crocheting has become a major influence on how Anna and I approach our practice. When I was a teenager, my grandmother taught me the basics of crocheting as a way to bond with me. Later in life, my skill with the hooks fell by the wayside. It wasn’t until my brother was about to start his family that I began to pick it back up. I wanted to give my niece something from the heart, and I thought using my crochet skills from all those years ago might be the best way to do it. I crocheted her a baby cap, and I haven’t looked back since.

meant that I had to essentially mirror her in order to show the process. While it wasn’t easy at the start, she kept working at it. She really wanted to make

something for her mother that was gorgeous. Finally, she finished a hat for her mom and delivered it to her. Her mom was blown away.

I don’t want to make it sound like we just sit around crocheting all day. I take my work seriously, but crocheting helps me make better decisions. I like to use the metaphor of making soup: When I crochet, I’m able to take all the factors of the problem and put them into one pot of critical thinking and let them simmer. Being a lawyer means we’re always on a deadline, so this helps us balance the stress and digest the information surrounding our cases. When I’m able to do that, I make thoughtful decisions. We crochet because we want to make a difference, no matter how small it may be. I was told a story once about a kid who was walking along the beach throwing starfish back in the ocean. When he’d throw one in the water, he’d quickly move on to the next one, hurling the stranded creatures back to their home. A man saw this and came up to the child to ask, “What are you doing? There are thousands of starfish on this beach. You can’t make a difference for all of them.” The boy replied, “No, but I made a difference for that one.”

“Crocheting helps me make better decisions.”

Today, we have a subscription to a crochet magazine, a crochet calendar, and a yarn habit that borders on obsession. When you think about crocheting, you probably think of a very specific persona. For us, it isn’t an activity to pass the time; it’s something we do as a heartfelt gesture. Anna and I want to put a personal touch on what we do as lawyers. For us, a handwritten card and a crocheted dishcloth is a way to make sure that our referral partners know we value them. I think the world needs a personal touch, and this is one way of doing it. Perhaps the biggest joy in crocheting was being able to teach Anna. When her mother was diagnosed with cancer, she had no idea what to do. She really wanted to bring her mom joy by

–Christine Kingston

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