As promised, I finished my first proper limbed Waldorf doll just in time to give her to Kitten as a birthday present. We named her Marfa (another traditional Russian name) and Kitten adores her, she can even say her name (it comes out as Masha). She has her own bunny (Kitten loves bunnies and her lovey is a bunny too) and a purse, where she stores her most precious possessions (a few sparkly stars). Her hair is stitched on in 3 layers, but I don't really like that it limits styling options, so next time I will try a different method.
I now have a much greater appreciation for people who sell their creations. I probably wouldn't sell Marfa for $150, which is a pretty standard price for a Waldorf doll that size (she is about 16 inches). It is such a labor of love, I felt like the doll is guiding my actions, like she was meant to be and I was only helping her to come to this world, like giving birth. There are so many small details that cannot be overlooked and, OMG, hair takes forever! However, I loved every minute of it.
I was honored to be asked to make a companion for Kitten's best friend, so stay tuned for another Waldorf doll!