Bernie Sanders mittens are sold out as teacher who knitted them for Vermont senator hit by surge of requests

THE mittens Bernie Sanders wore to Joe Biden's inauguration caused such a stir, they made the Vermont senator an instant viral meme and even threatened to overshadow the president himself.

The knitted gloves proved so popular, the teacher who gifted them to Sanders has also become an overnight star after being inundated with requests.


Jen Ellis, 42, a second grade teacher at Westford Elementary School knitted the brown and white mittens for her local senator Sanders in 2016.

The mittens have now gone out of stock, following a surge of interest generated by senator Sanders after his appearance in them at Joe Biden's Presidential inauguration.

Jen tweeted: “Thanks for all the interest in Bernie’s mittens!

“It truly has been an amazing and historic day! I’m so flattered that Bernie wore them to the inauguration. Sadly, I have no more mittens for sale.”

The mittens, which Sanders paired with a frumpy dark jacket and a disposable mask on Biden’s big day, were made from wool sweaters and recycled plastic bottles.

However, on Saturday evening Jen tweeted that she is happy to make a few more gloves for a good cause. 

“I have heard your requests, and I am happy to tell you that I am making just a few more mittens today and tonight to be auctioned off for good causes.” she said. 

The 42-year-old also spoke to  MSNBC on Sunday morning, speaking of her shock after being inundated with requests, after somebody tipped her off about the senator wearing them. 

She is now selling a few more pairs, auctioning them off in the hopes of raising money for charities including a local Vermont dog rescue organisation as well as a charity providing support for LGBTQ+ youth.

Sanders paid tribute to his home state as he wore a jacket by Burton – a Vermont-based outwear company – and mittens made by Vermont teacher Jen Ellis.

His mittens – which were various shades of brown with zig-zag-like pattern – prompted Vogue to publish a feature story on his Inauguration Day wardrobe.




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