Supposedly imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Do Internet memes fall into that same category? I guess we could ask Bernie Sanders, the independent-leaning senator from Vermont. When he arrived at the presidential inauguration last week, Sanders maintained pandemic protocol and sat a few feet from others and wore the appropriate face mask. But he also wore a pair of thick mittens hand-made by Vermont school teacher Jen Ellis. Along with a thick parka, he was obviously prepared for the cold New England weather. Nothing is extraordinary about those mittens, but sometimes there’s just no reason something or someone becomes popular.
Sanders’ mitten fashion has sparked plenty of creative imitators in the cyber-world.
Now Tobey Times Crochet has gone further by designing and creating a “Bernie Sanders crochet doll”, complete with parka, mask and mittens. Measuring approximately 9” (22.9 cm), the figure is seated and bears wire-frame glasses and unkempt white hair on a balding scalp.
Ever the good sport, Sanders is using his new-found fame to raise money for charity. And who doesn’t think an old seated alone in a chair during winter is adorable?