Meet Natalya. She's a nudibranch (pronounced NOO-di-brank), or a sea slug to some. The name translates to "naked gills," which isn't any more appealing than "sea slug," so she would really just prefer that you call her "Nat."
She lives on the Pacific Coast, and although she looks fluffy and cuddly, she's very dangerous. She eats anemones for breakfast. Anemones are armed with stinging cells, but Nat just gobbles them up anyway and incorporates their defenses into her own system. Nothing scares her. This is her "fierce" look (she practices in front of the mirror):
Nat knows that she and her fellow nudibranchs are the most beautiful creatures in the sea. Check out her family photo album. Don't you dare try to tell her that mermaids are more beautiful. She'll just walk (slide?) away.
Natalya was knitted by my mom, using this Knitted Nudibranch Pattern designed by Hansi Singh. Hansi's patterns include all kinds of sea creatures, vegetables, and more.