The Vermont school teacher behind the now-viral mittens worn by Senator Bernie Sanders during President Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday said she’s been flooded with requests from people wanting to buy a pair. But they’re no longer for sale.
“Thanks for all the interest in Bernie’s mittens!” Jen Ellis wrote on Twitter. “I’m so flattered that Bernie wore them to the inauguration. Sadly, I have no more mittens for sale. There are a lot of great crafters on ETSY who make them.”
When you get invited to a meeting but it should have been an email pic.twitter.com/RxnM0QWask
— Alex Cohen (@anothercohen) January 20, 2021
The mittens that sparked thousands of internet memes were made from repurposed sweaters and recycled plastic the 42-year-old who works as a second-grade teacher in Essex Junction, Vermont, with her partner, Liz, and their kindergarten-age daughter.
“I don’t have any mittens to sell. I don’t really do it a lot any more. 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.
I made Bernie’s mittens as a gift a couple years ago. They are made from repurposed wool sweaters and lined with fleece (made from recycled plastic bottles). #BerniesMittens pic.twitter.com/lTXFJvVy9V
— Jen Ellis (@vtawesomeness) January 21, 2020
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.”
Sanders’ outfit quickly became an internet meme.
He was Photoshopped into historic photographs, comic panels and the subway, while sitting, arms folded, wrapped up warm against the DC winter weather, wearing the cozy pair of mittens.
I don’t know who did this, but it popped up and made me laugh so hard so I’m sharing it with you. pic.twitter.com/OAZKVOvb3R
— @taraskurtu (@TaraSkurtu) January 21, 2021
#berniesmittens takes on #thequeensgambit in a chess match for the ages. pic.twitter.com/CeU5fBcGWd
— Ellen Moorhouse (@EllenMftw) January 21, 2021