Please let me introduce you to a friend, Miss Bertha Buttons.
She's been with us for a few weeks now, but insisted that I wait until she was properly presentable before introducing her to you.
You wouldn't believe how timid she was when we first met - why, you scarcely needed to look at her before her arms and legs would just drop off in a panic!
Fortunately a little minor surgery (and elastic) solved her 'little problem' and boosted her confidence for appearing in public. We were, unfortunately, unable to correct her squint. (ie. those eyes just refused to go on straight!)
She was especially delighted when I presented her with her new shawl, having a fondness for buttons and the colour purple.
She finds her shawl especially useful for her afternoon tea parties, where she takes full advantage of the opportunity to show it off.
She also now feels sufficiently at home with us to participate in Iona's games, in the role of 'Baby Bertha'.
However, her favourite is to play babysitter for Niamh's dolly.
And she is learning to be less offended by certain comments about 'Big Bertha' or 'Giant Bertha'. After all, she can't help the way she's made!
Bertha stands 11 inches tall from the tips of her feet to the top of her head. She was crocheted using Sirdar Squiggly super-chunky yarn and an 8mm hook, although a smaller hook would have been better.