A Tire Swing Story is a bite-sized "imagining" inspired by an object I discover while wandering. It could be a curbside trash gem or a message sprayed on a wall. A lost mitten, or an antique store find. Anything goes. I photograph the object and post them together, the story and its inspiration. There will be a new story every Monday and Wednesday. On Fridays, I'll discuss writing, life, love, and coffee. (In no particular order and maybe all at once.)

Friday, February 25, 2011

Casual Fridays: wayward mittens and forgotten gloves

Hi guys, it's Britt. While wandering and taking photographs this winter, I've come across many lost gloves and mittens....

There's an interesting phenomenon going on with this. When someone finds a single mitten or glove, they seem to place it on the nearest post they find. The result is many many lost mittens sitting atop poles. (I even found one in the branches of a tall tree.)

All of these wayward mittens made me wonder about the people who'd dropped them. What was happening the moment they accidentally set their mittens free?

My sister, Alison Barber started a program called Mittens for Kittens at the wonderful Stirling-Rawdon Public Library, when she worked as their children's librarian. Mittens for Kittens, collects donations of mittens and distributes them to those in need of warm fingers. 

On my latest mitten-photographing expedition, I was accompanied by my wee buddy, Charlotte, who provided me with this photo...

Have an inspired weekend, kittens. See you back here on Monday for a new story. 


  1. And the fabulous Jaye Bannon has continued the program. If you have extra woolly wear come November, be sure to visit her at the library!

  2. Yes, Aly began a wonderful thing, and Jaye has continued it, years later, and it keeps growing. Every year, we collect more and more mittens for the Mitten Drive! Much thanks to both of them!