BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A teacher from Vermont is getting a lot of attention, after a pair of mittens she made were seen being worn by Senator Bernie Sanders at President Joe Biden's Inauguration.
People from all around the country have been warming second grade teacher Jen Ellis with kind words, who has been making mittens for years as a way to earn extra money.
She expected to watch history being made on Inauguration day, but she didn’t expect to see her own senator sporting the mittens she made from repurposed wool.
“Things from famous fashion designers [were worn] to the Inauguration, and there was Bernie, wearing mittens that I made in my craft room," Ellis said on CBS This Morning. "With a sewing machine that my mother gave to me when I was 12 [years old].”
Ellis said she gifted the mittens to Senator Sanders through connections after he lost the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016.
The teacher has seen a steady increase of followers on social media, and is apparently receiving order requests.
She tweeted that she is flattered that Sanders wore the mittens to the Inauguration but she does not have any more for sale.
Meanwhile a picture of a cold Senator Sanders wearing the mittens while sitting on a foldup chair is trending on social media, and has been made into countless memes.
“You know in Vermont, we dress warm --- we know something about the cold, and we’re not so concerned about good fashion, we want to keep warm,” the Senator said on CBS This Morning.
WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports.