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!