This Guy Knits Sweaters Of His Bucket List And It’s Glorious

He is an unlikely hero and an unexpected fashion icon. Meet Sam Barsky, your new holiday fashion inspiration.

 

The Stonehenge (Photo credit: Sam Barsky)
The Stonehenge (Photo credit: Sam Barsky)

Just like you and me, Sam enjoys travelling. And just like you and me, Sam likes to look good. Before every holiday, Sam polishes his knitting needles. He looks at photographs of his next destination – the Eiffel Tower, San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge, Stonehenge – and knits the scene into a beautiful sweater.

He then takes photos of himself wearing the scenery-themed sweater with the exact scenery he knitted, creating some of the best holiday selfies that exist on the internet.

At the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge (Photo credit: Sam Barsky)
At the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge (Photo credit: Sam Barsky)
(L) At a baseball game (R) With some power lines (Photo credit: Sam Barsky)

The 42-year-old American has knitted more than 100 impressive sweaters not only of landmarks he has visited but also of sceneries (including one of a baseball game), animals (there’s one with mermaids) and other images that inspire him (we adore the one with power lines).

The full-time knitter first picked up his knitting needles in 1999. In an interview with the Baltimore Sun, Sam says he does sweaters with pictures and landmarks and anything that he can think of. “I like creating something of my own that I can wear myself. I feel like it’s my own work. I enjoy looking at the picture I’ve done, the scenery.”

Sam wearing his Times Square sweater at Times Square, New York. (Photo credit: Sam Barsky)
Sam wearing his Times Square sweater at Times Square, New York. (Photo credit: Sam Barsky)
At the zoo with a polar bear with a sleeping polar bear sweater (Photo credit: Sam Barsky)
At the zoo with a polar bear with a sleeping polar bear sweater (Photo credit: Sam Barsky)
Sam at Niagara Falls with his Niagara Falls sweater  (Photo credit: Sam Barsky)
Sam at Niagara Falls with his Niagara Falls sweater (Photo credit: Sam Barsky)

On his Facebook page ‘Artistic Knitting of Sam Barsky‘, the affable fellow shares knitting tutorials and tips on recreating his design, just in case you’d like a power line sweater of your own.

His collection of eccentric sweaters has captured the hearts of netizens who are now begging him to knit a sweater for them. However, Sam says he isn’t able to fulfil any requests as each sweater takes him nearly a month to complete.

Sam knits sweaters of sceneries and landscapes and takes photos with the exact scene he knitted (Photo credit: Sam Barsky)
Sam knits sweaters of sceneries and landscapes and takes photos with the exact scene he knitted (Photo credit: Sam Barsky)

“Many, many people, I don’t even know how many, but probably hundreds of thousands of people are begging me for sweaters, and I feel bad, but I can’t become a human sweater mill. It’s just not possible…If I consider one person special and make [a sweater] for one person, I’ll make too many people jealous,” he told the Baltimore Sun.

A marina-themed sweater worn on a boat (Photo credit: Sam Barsky)
A marina-themed sweater worn on a boat (Photo credit: Sam Barsky)
(L) Outside the U.S. Capitol wearing his Capitol sweater. (R) In a park with some flowering trees. (Photo credit: Sam Barsky)
(L) Outside the U.S. Capitol wearing his Capitol sweater. (R) In a park with some flowering trees. (Photo credit: Sam Barsky)

Opportunistic tourism boards who caught wind of the viral sensation are trying to get him to knit a sweater of their country’s landmark too. The Belize Tourism Board has offered to take Sam on a free vacation to the country if he knits a sweater of the Great Blue Hole.

Get in line Belize, we’ve asked Sam to knit us a sweater of KLCC. Some people collects fridge magnets, some collects keychains; inspired Sam, we think we might start collecting sweaters.

Sam Barsky has a collection of 100 eccentric sweaters and counting (Photo credit: Sam Barsky)
Sam Barsky has a collection of 100 eccentric sweaters and counting (Photo credit: Sam Barsky)

H/T: Fodor’s Travel

 

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Mei Mei Chu
Mei Mei writes to afford her wanderlust. Her (mis)adventures as a solo female backpacker have shown her the best and worst in mankind, and some of the funkiest toilets in the world. Read her honest travel stories at www.meimeichu.com.

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