US Senator Bernie Sanders’ homemade mittens will not just humour you
virtually, but will soon be available to everyone for sale as their maker, a
Vermont school teacher, has found a manufacturer to accomplish the thousands of
orders received for the famous gloves, AFP reports.

“I have amazing news! I’m partnering with Vermont Teddy Bear to
make Bernie’s Mittens for EVERYONE!!” Jennifer Ellis tweeted Saturday,
adding that some of the proceeds would benefit the Make a Wish Vermont charity.

“I knew there had to be a way to get them to you — and I found
it!!” the second-grade teacher said.

The 42-year-old had sent Sanders a pair of her mittens, made from
repurposed wool sweaters and lined with fleece made from recycled plastic
bottles, after he lost to Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic presidential
primary, as a consolation gift.

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As Sanders decided to run for President again, Ellis came to know that
he had lent his mittens to someone else. Ellis was so moved by his affection
towards the mittens, she sent him 10 more pairs.

The senator flaunted his brown and beige “oven mitts” on January 20,
2021, the inauguration day of US President Joe Biden. A meme was born when
Sanders was seen seated alone in a folding chair, bundled up and seemingly
unimpressed with the pomp and circumstance.

“Many, many of you have reached out looking to buy a pair of these
awesome mittens. Sadly I don’t really make them anymore. But I want to make
sure that you get a pair,” Ellis said in a video on the Vermont Teddy Bear
Company website.

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“Everybody who wants these mittens will get them,” she said with
the enthusiasm of, well, a second-grade teacher.

Ellis told AFP three days after the inauguration that she had received
around 13,000 emails from people who want to buy her mittens.

“Not just one pair — people want lots of them,” she said.