Saturday, June 23, 2012

Persistence Pays Off

When I found this pattern for a lion amigurumi, I couldn't wait to get started and add this guy to my collection of favorite finished objects.  Little did I know he was to become a thorn in my side for weeks.  I don't remember exactly why, but I became a little bored with the project early on and kept picking up other things to work on instead. 

Finally, about a month ago, I finished all of the body parts and construction and had a nice, female lion.  I grabbed the yarn for the mane and started reading through the pattern and promptly put "her" up on the shelf in my room.  I was so confused by what they wanted me to do, I just decided it was good enough. 

So, I saw "her" sitting there every day for the last few weeks and it really bothered me that I couldn't finish what I started.  I decided to give it one more try and dove into the pattern head-first just following instructions one row at a time.  Unfortunately, it wasn't to be quite that easy.  I ripped out my work twice and decided to set "her" down again. 

Then, as I was laying in bed that night meditating, an alternate way of creating the mane came to me, and I saw clearly how to make it work.  I started last night and it came together even better than I had pictured in my mind.  So, through the magic of modern yarn technology, "she" has finally become a "he" -- I present to you, Leo the Lion!

1 comment:

  1. I love how the creative process works, and how we can tune-in and get the solutions we need...just like in life! I'm wondering, did you write down how you improvised the pattern? Others might have had the same challenge you did, and I'm sure they'd appreciate the help. Who knows.. I might decide to take it one one-day too! Bravo for solving the puzzle!