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This Man Knits Adorable Sweaters of All the Landmarks He Plans to Visit

Art + Architecture
by Morgane Croissant Apr 4, 2018

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.

Samuel knitted a Stonehenge sweater and took a trip to England. He created a Hollywood sign sweater and visited LA. He made a Red Rock Canyon short-sleeved sweater and hit Nevada.

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.

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Samuel calls himself an artistic knitter and he truly is — creating your own pattern from the photo of a real landmark is very difficult.

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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.

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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.

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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.

To see Samuel Barsky’s creation over the years, check out his website, Facebook page, and Instagram account.

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