A sneak peak at some handmade Christmas gifts...may I introduce Koji, the cute, cuddly and slightly weird looking monster (requested by C of course) and then the Mermaiden for the girls (at their request). A few months ago I acquired Hillary Lang's "Wee Wonderfuls" after seeing her Mermaiden pattern on Martha Stewart's website. I had to take a look. Both patterns were very straightforward, though I used different materials than she suggested in both projects because that was what I had on hand. The mermaiden should have velvet or corduroy hair but I gave them felt hair, and Koji's body should be corduroy but I made it out of a super soft felt I picked up at Purl Bee in NYC over Thanksgiving. Koji took two evenings to make, and if I had only chose to do one mermaiden (instead of the way too many number of 7) that would have taken me a couple of hours.