- Tobey King said she already had a Bernie pattern and a Bernie doll so when his photo went viral, she just got it and modified it
- And her attention to detail was obvious, nailing the iconic mittens that stole the show on Inauguration Day
- The 46-year-old initially posted photos of the nine-inch doll on her Instagram account
- They garnered thousands of likes and comments before she decided to sell the doll on eBay.
In less than a week, Bernie Sanders has gone from becoming a hit meme to being an over $40,000 (R600 000)-crochet doll.
Tobey King in Texas got to crochet after the Vermont senator went viral on social media for his simple Inauguration Day fashion choices of quirky brown mittens and over-sized olive green coat.
She turned that sensational image into a crochet doll that had been trending for days and it sold for R600 000 . Yes, you read that correctly.
“It’s mind-blowing because I knew Bernie was trending because of that picture, and I already had a Bernie pattern and a Bernie doll. So I just went and got that, and I modified that super quick,” King said.
The creative crotchet artist said recreating Sanders' exact look that captured people's eyes, and laughs, took King about seven hours of crocheting, in addition to the time she had invested in the design a year ago.
And her attention to detail was obvious, nailing the iconic mittens that stole the show on Inauguration Day.
“The mittens are not that hard it’s just some colour changing, a special stitch,” King said.
The 46-year-old initially posted photos of the nine-inch doll on her Instagram account, and they garnered thousands of likes and comments.
On Saturday, January 23, she posted the doll on eBay and later auctioned it for $20,300, (R300 000).
Later on, eBay pitched in to match the sale price for a total of $40,600 (R600 000) which she said will be donated to Meals on Wheels America.
According to her, the donation was inspired by Sanders, whose campaign created sweatshirts with the image on them and donated all the proceeds to Meals on Wheel in Vermont.
King, who lives in Corpus Christi, Texas, said more than 30,000 people bought her Sanders doll crochet pattern from her Etsy store and she hopes the senator approves of her efforts.
King, whose husband lost his job to the COVID-19 pandemic, said she has been selling dolls to help her family make ends meet.
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