Meet Sam Barsky.
The man from Baltimore, Maryland, loves knitting and traveling and has become an Internet sensation after his photos reached the front page of Reddit. Why? Because Barsky knits sweaters of famous landmarks around the world, and then wears them when he visits.
From Stonehenge and the Golden Gate Bridge to Times Square, Niagara Falls, and random aquariums – he’s knitted (and seen) them all. Barsky first began knitting in 1999 and has created more than 100 sweaters since then.
He says: “I started knitting in March 1999 and made two solid colored sweaters followed from a pattern.” A year later, Barsky was looking for a challenge, so he decided to create his very own pictorial sweater, without following a pattern. He adds: “After that was a success, I’ve been knitting sweaters like that one after another, featuring either generic scenery or specific landmarks. Anything that crosses my eyes is a potential sweater.”
Barsky is working on two knits at the moment: one is of the California Raisins, while the other features civil rights pioneer, Martin Luther King Jr. His work has gone viral over the weekend, thanks to a post on Imgur that has been viewed more than 1 million times.
And people are loving it. One user wrote: “This is such a great idea. Not only would it give you something to do, it would genuinely motivate me to go to place I wanted to go.” Another added: “He looks so happy and that’s all I really need to know.”