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You Can’t Have Bernie Sander’s Mittens

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders arrives for the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol for President-elect Joe Biden in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP)

Everybody – yes, EVERYBODY – went crazy over Senator Bernie Sanders’ mittens that he wore during the inauguration on Wednesday. There was a sudden demand for them online, but, as it turns out, they are one-of-a-kind and not for sale. They were made by Jen Ellis, a 42-year-old second-grade teacher in Vermont. She made them for Sanders five years ago, but never got to meet him. Ellis makes the mittens out of old, recycled sweaters. She calls them “swittens.” And there are no more made from that sweater. Says Ellis to a disappointed public, “Sometimes in this world, you just can’t get everything you want.”

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