He is Maria's pet knitted toy.
He guards her precious stash of malabrigo, a kettle dyed 100% special wool blend that Mortimer tells me knitters love.
He also says Maria likes to hoard her precious malabrigo.
And that other knitters are very jealous of her vast malabrigo stash.
When Maria's not looking, Mortimer likes to participate in all kinds of activities, like swimming...
He also likes to strike poses...he thinks he's a movie star.
He's really quite convincing...
Don't you think?