Smitten by Mittens
Bernie Sanders’ mittens may have become the unexpected must-have fashion accessory of Joe Biden’s inauguration, but those hoping to steal the Vermont senator’s look are in for a disappointment. The teacher who made them and gave them to Sanders says she has none for sale.
The mittens that sparked hundreds of internet memes were made from repurposed sweaters and recycled plastic by Jen Ellis, 42, a second-grade teacher who lives in Essex Junction, Vermont, just outside of Burlington, where Sanders was mayor in the 1980s.
“I don’t have any mittens to sell. I don’t really do it a lot anymore. I’m flattered that they want them, but there are lots of people on Etsy who sell them and hopefully, people will get some business from them. But I’m not going to quit my day job,” Ellis told the Jewish Insider in an interview on Wednesday night.
She explained that the demand had been overwhelming. “I am a second-grade teacher, and I’m a mom, and all that keeps me really busy. There’s no possible way I could make 6,000 pairs of mittens, and every time I go into my email, another several hundred people have emailed me.”
She went on to say: “I hate to disappoint people, but the mittens, they’re one-of-a-kind and they’re unique and sometimes in this world, you just can’t get everything you want.”
“It’s been unexpected,” she said of their sudden social media fame. “He must really like them if he chose to wear them.”
Ellis said she was not a regular social media user and had struggled to remember the login for her Twitter account.
Asked about his outfit, Sanders told CBS News in an interview after the ceremony: “In Vermont, we dress warm — we know something about the cold. We’re not so concerned about good fashion. We want to keep warm. And that’s what I did today.”