This isn't fiction; it's even better! Crochet is recognized as an art form! British crochet artist Shauna Richardson has created giant, three-dimensional crocheted lions. There are three such works touring the UK together in honor of the 2012 Summer Olympics. Appropriately enough, the exhibit is called The Lionheart Project
and is funded by Arts Council England, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Creative Scotland, and the Arts Council of Wales.
Excerpt from Arts Council England
The lion structures are sculpted out of polystyrene and set around steel skeletons. Over the course of two years, Shauna is using a 'one colour one stitch' freestyle technique to crochet the three lion skins tracing muscular contours as she goes.
Here's Richardson's Web site
with more examples of her work