Let’s sweat!!!

Do you guys ever have projects that don’t turn out precisely how you were expecting? I know that I do. Take for example “Richard Simmons” lion – as he has come to be known – above.

I started out trying to make just a plain amigurumi lion like Tamie Snow’s from her book, Tiny Yarn Animals. I can assure you though that Tamie’s version looked nothing like the famed owner of the “Sweatin’ to the Oldies” franchise. But I hardly even changed anything the pattern! I mean, I didn’t make him yellow and pink like Tamie did, and I did add some more hair to his coif. And, I did try doing that “brushed yarn” thing on his “do.” So no, I didn’t follow the pattern exactly as written. I added some ears too…NOT that you have any chance of seeing them behind his hair…

Still, the point remains that none of that was done with the express purpose of going from this (picture courtesy of the back cover of Tamie’s book):

to….well, this…


So, who thinks that I need to make Richard Simmons lion a red sleeveless shirt and some stripey shorts?


3 Responses to “Let’s sweat!!!”

  1. 1 barb March 7, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    You must certainly make him a shirt and stripey shorts!

    Richard Simmons has inspired millions of people to take better care of themselves. He’s super cool in my book. And so’s your lion!

    • 2 fiddlerontheblog March 9, 2010 at 12:42 am

      Agreed! Richard Simmons was encouraging people towards healthier, more active lifestyles long before it was cool or trendy. God knows how many lives he’s saved over the years. Biggest Loser totally owes him for opening up the market on that too.

      Thanks so much for visiting the blog! I’ll totally let you know if Richard Simmons lion ends up being the recipient of a new wardrobe!

  2. 3 Shara March 15, 2010 at 10:41 am

    This is ridiculously cute! The jump rope is killing me! I really like your version very much, it has way more personality and the hair is great. I am interested to see his wardrobe additions-you should make a few tops and bottoms to mix and match (with coordinating sweat bands of course! and yarn free weights too)

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