When Samuel Barsky started knitting about 20 years ago, he did not have a plan for his handmade creations — he just knitted for pleasure. Then he decided that he would knit a sweater featuring a landmark, take it there, and have a picture of him taken wearing the garment.
That’s some unusual trip planning right here. But it worked.
He even managed to knit a short-sleeved sweater depicting Ein Gedi Nature Reserve in Israel with some fuzzy green yarn. The result is nothing short of amazing.
Samuel calls himself an artistic knitter and he truly is — creating your own pattern from the photo of a real landmark is very difficult.
And the result of his hard, unusual work is getting him some serious attention. He explained to the New York Times that, last July, while taking a picture of him and his sweater in front of the Hollywood sign in LA, a bunch of tourists recognized him and asked for a photo. You know you’ve made it when you can’t travel incognito.
Now that Samuel has achieved a level of fame that the world’s knitting community would never have imagined was possible, he gets paid to travel. Yes, according to the Times, “ he gets paid to travel to knitting stores and talk about technique.” The man is a knitting influencer.
Samuel said that he knits about one sweater a month, so we can only assume that he’s got big travel plans in the pipes.