What is the gLove orphanage?

The gLove orphanage pairs-up mismatched gloves and mittens

so they can be reused by the Portland bike community.

Monday, October 15, 2012

And they're up!

Get on over to the CCC! Surely you need something, certainly you want to check out the gLove orphanage gLoves being sold for only $1. 

Here's that lovely pair tagged and ready to go:

And plenty up for sale NOW, right this very minute.

*Don't let these photos make you think they're all basic striped gLoves! 
The stripes must have simply been catching my eye the last couple days. 
There are lots of different styles and sizes to suit your fancy. 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

gLove sorting galore

First! Did we ever mention that the original 8, or so (I can't remember exactly) pairs that went up for sale in May went fast? They did! Thanks to those who bought and we would like to believe no doubt are enjoying them.

And now (more thanks to all our gLovers!) there are going to be plenty of pairs ready at the Community Cycling Center for Fall. This is what you've been donating to and we've been saving 'em up for!

I was worried at first upon opening the gLo stash that we hadn't added many new gLoves over the summer. Well obviously, right? But I headed to the CCC to find an overflowing bag of donations, really overflowing. (I was going to insert a photo but it's not that exciting of a photo...)

I would say nearly half the pairs that are getting ready to go up for sale are actually with their original mate, very cool. Maybe not as fun for sorting/ matching purposes but an excellent buy for only $1 at the CCC!

on to the highlights of sorting fun-times

The cutest mitten donated thus far award goes to this special dude:

It does not yet have a new mate...

To our delight the overflowing bag of mittens contained a match to one we've had stashed for months now. You can see that one certainly spent more time on the road, pretty rad to get them back together:

Our favorite new partnership, enjoying their engagement photo shoot:

gLoves waiting in line to be mended. We created a full fingered cycling gLove pair (see 'em buried there?) I hope they can be mended to good-enough shape for sale.

And here they are, the first of the gLoves: 
A whole stack - growing, glowing, ready to warm some hands

What a mess!

But lovely disaster of a mission to make those snazzy gLove orphanage tags...

Lots of stamping happening on the floor of my admittedly cluttered room, but look at that army of perfectly imperfect ghost printed mittens ready for the paper cutter (I could geek out more but I'll refrain):

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

hunting season opens

Did you put on your gloves/ mittens/ pull your jacket sleeves over your hands this morning? We did!

And with the weather's inevitable turn this week we're calling the official start of hunting season for orphan gLoves.

Time to put on your plaid cap (dayglo bike helmet?) and continue that daily bike commute - or jaunt around the neighborhood - and be on the lookout. 

Thanks in advance for helping the lost babes find a happy home. 

Here's one Dave found just yesterday.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Hey! Thanks Everyone!

Whoa, it's been a great month over here. Maybe the approaching full moon isn't completely up to no good.

Look! More gLoves

It's summertime and people are digging what we are doing! Yes, right now might not be the best time to find gLoves on the road but word is spreading and we are thrilled to hear so many words of encouragement.

Check out the post at bikeportand.org - and the lovely comments. In response to the cheeky "And the Portlandia episodes keep writing themselves!" someone writes "If this is a Portlandia episode, it's a smart one."

and Willamette Week's current "Best of Portland" telling it like it is (except for spelling Mr. Dave McCabe's name wrong), that the gLove orphanage is the "best place to find gLove"

Thanks for helping us get ready for the fall! We hope to have plenty of new gLove pairs to support the Community Cycling Center.

The Community Cycling Center, where your gLoves go!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Spring Clean

I know you need to do it - I certainly still have some spring cleaning to do. Maybe you've seen the 10-day weather report. Your garden is planted and the rain will do the watering. Take these rainy-days to accomplish some indoor tidying up - I bet you will find some orphan gloves.
Give 'em to us! Please. And really, clean up your room, it's unpleasant in there.
Simply bring your donation to the Community Cycling Center, the swell people behind the counter will know what to do.

And then we can do more of this in the backyard - once it's sunny again that is:

Thanks in advance!
Okay, argh I'm off to do more cleaning.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

No love, not a gLove

The problem with orphan socks...
is that they look deceptively like gloves & mittens in the road!

Do not be fooled! We try to be kind and still pick them up so they aren't trash on the ground, but jeepers they are frustrating. How do you lose one sock?!

Monday, May 14, 2012

gLoves go live

Our minions recently stocked the first set of "re-paired" gLoves on the shelves of the Community Cycling Center. Spend a dollar and get yourself a pair of gLoves to wear!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Thank You!

Oh my goodness. gLoves arrived at the CCC via mail! This is incredible, thanks to everyone who as donated and a special thanks to the lovely people in Connecticut who must have stumbled upon our blog --- and mailed in a donation!

More information to come but a quick update: We sorted and mended and matched some gLoves in the sunshine of this weekend and there are now a few pairs available at the CCC - for only one dollar!

This is happening and we can't believe it!
More Thanks!!!
And one more exclamation!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Donated gLoves arrive

gLoves have begun to be dropped off at the Community Cycling Center.

Here are pics of the collection bucket...

 ...and real live donated gloves put in there. The bucket is filling up!

Thanks for your donation. If you are new to the gLove orphanage and would like to make a donation, just bring them to the CCC and give them to a staff person. The collection bucket is located behind the counter to help avoid confusion with the uninitiated.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The gLove orphanage is for everyone

But on this day it is especially for gLovers - cleverly defined as anyone who has donated to the gLove orphanage. Thanks for your support everyone. So far I'm pretty sure this only includes family and friends (so close they are family) so double thanks for putting up with us always. And the Community Cycling Center, thanks for your interest in this bonkers dream that's becoming more and more a reality.

As for the rest of you (the soon-to-be gLovers) get out there! Ride your bike around! And while you safely keep your eyes on the road, check out the gutters for gLoves in wait! Also, why not spend a short period of time on Valentines Day cleaning out an old drawer, box, wherever strange place you may be stashing some orphan gloves or mittens and bring them to us. We'd really appreciate your gLove.

Monday, February 13, 2012


There have been conversations about the nice idea of finding lost glove's original owners and matching partner. This is not our mission, we get joy from creating new partnerships.

That being said, every now and then we accept there will be a special glove (who are we to say that a particular glove is special?) and that glove could be located in such a distinct place that it could easily be identified by it's owner. I have come across such a gLove. A few days ago I found this here solo friend (pictured below) in Whole Foods--absentmindedly left while it's owner picked out some produce at the store on East Burnside. Are you missing this lovely specimen, do you have this glove's mate? Let us know. While we are more than happy to find it a new mate, it would be nice to reunite friends.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Lost gloves in situ

There's a certain poetry to a lost glove. It wants to tell a story, like it is capturing a moment in time to mark where someone was distracted or lost in thought.

Below are some quick pics of gloves, mostly along bike routes, as they were found before they were picked up. Is there a secret sign language in the gestures, how the fingers are placed and where they are positioned on the ground?

Thursday, January 5, 2012

The Glove Tree, an inspiration for the gLove orphanage


The following was taken from a blog from one of the gLove orphanage's volunteer gnomes. It describes an effort that appeared in Portland on NE Alberta Street in January 2010. It helped inspire the gLove orphanage.

Throughout the winter I've noticed many orphan mittens and gloves along the bike lanes and streets of Portland. Maybe this is because I lost my own long-used and much-loved polyester "Miller Beer" fingerless gloves? (I don't remember where they came from. They were probably found on the street as well. Still, I'd had them forever and they'd served me well for spring and fall biking.) In a vain hope of finding mine, all the other dirty, soggy flattened ones caught my eye. Wouldn't it be nice if these gloves could be reunited with their owners?

The other day I noticed that some community-minded stranger(s) implemented an idea I've long considered. There is now a "Glove Tree" on a corner of Northeast Alberta Street and 20th.

The sign says it all:
Glove Tree, NE 20th and Alberta

This weekend while cleaning up the street in front on our house, I found a solitary red glove. Since the glove tree was nearby, why not make use of it? I grabbed a few extra clothes-line pins (to donate to the cause) and took a neighborhood stroll to hang up the glove. Oddly enough, on the way home I found the matching half about a block away! Sadly this other hand was pretty threadbare, having spent the last month or so in the gutter of Alberta Street getting ground up by car tires and muck. It's heartening to know some lonely owner may be reunited--and now with the complete pair. At the very least someone else can make use of a pair of gloves.


If you're biking in NE Portland and see a stray glove, you now know where the lost and found is.

The Glove Tree didn't last very long. Probably the managers of the apartment building it was adjacent to took it down after a few weeks. We don't think there is much hope of consistently reuniting lost gloves with their original owners. Instead these and other gloves should be paired up and introduced to new owners. Still, the spirit of the Glove Tree lives on in the gLove orphanage.