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Those smitten with Bernie Sanders’ mittens won’t be able to get their hands on — or in — them after all.
The 79-year-old Vermont senator’s scene-stealing inauguration look sparked a huge demand for his comfy-looking mittens — but they are “one-of-a-kind” and not for sale.
The multicolored hand-knit mittens — which Sanders paired with a muted Burton parka — made Sanders the toast of social media Wednesday, with a flood of memes and his mittens even getting their own Twitter account.
It also sparked a frenzied hunt for an identical pair — with the Vermont teacher who made them telling the Jewish Insider that she was overwhelmed with more than 6,000 requests on Tuesday, with more coming by the hour.
But as teacher Jen Ellis, 42, said she was “flattered that Bernie wore them to the inauguration,” she also delivered crushing news to fashion fans.
“Sadly, I have no more mittens for sale,” she wrote.
“I hate to disappoint people, but the mittens, they’re one-of-a-kind and they’re unique,” Ellis told the Jewish Insider of the “swittens,” so called because they are mittens made out of recycled sweaters.
“And sometimes in this world, you just can’t get everything you want.”
Ellis said she made the now-famous “swittens” for Sanders five years ago, but never got to meet him.
“He must really like them if he chose to wear them,” said the second-grade teacher in Essex Junction, just outside of Burlington where Sanders was mayor in the 1980s.
She said the flood of interest has “been unexpected” — but was not enough to make her “quit my day job.”
“I am a second grade teacher, and I’m a mom, and all that keeps me really busy,” she told the paper.
“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 said.
Ellis still wears her own pair while teaching virtual classes, saying, “I love them.”
“I think it’s a really cool project because it takes a garment, a sweater, that otherwise would have been thrown away. I use sweaters that have moth holes or have ripped or they’ve been sent through the wash and turned into cardboard,” she said.
“I often give them as wedding gifts … It’s very Vermonty,” she said.
She marveled on Twitter at how her “simple act of kindness” had “grown into something beyond my imagination!”
“Thanks everyone! The world is a beautiful place,” she wrote.
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