It can be fun to collect little reminders of a visit to a famous tourist attraction or place. You can usually find them in those ubiquitous little shops and stalls that begin to appear as you approach the landmark – the ones hawking kooky fridge magnets, hand-crafted wooden statues, keyrings, mugs and the“I <3 THIS PLACE” T-shirts.

Or, you can do it the Samuel Barsky way. For 20 years, Sam has been making sweaters with recognized places on them, creating everything from Stonehenge, London's Tower Bridge, and the Niagara Falls in stylish long and short-sleeve knits. But that's only the half of it. In what is a particularly creative and wholesome excuse to travel, Sam has since been heading to the places depicted on his sweaters to pose in front of them with his matching outfit for a smiling selfie. Pretty cool huh?

Sam's crafty travels have earned him 100k followers on Facebook and Instagram, who enjoy his creative work and quirky, colorful styles. “I realized after knitting a few generic scenery sweaters and seeing a picture of London’s Tower Bridge in a magazine, which became inspiration, that anything could be a sweater,” he told Create Whimsy. With over 140 sweaters knitted so far, it seems like he's out to prove it!

Scroll down to see some of our favorite Samuel Barsky designs for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!

#1

Owls

Owls

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Mark Smallman
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5 months ago

He should have gone to Hooters!

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"Knitting (like I do) and travel go together very well," Sam told Bored Panda. "Since many of the sweaters I have knitted are of landmarks around the world, traveling gives me the opportunity to experience the very places I have depicted on my sweaters. I also get a chance to teach my knitting skills to others, give speeches about it, and meet fans wherever I go. In addition, traveling enables me to see sites that give me inspiration for more sweater ideas".

"The most challenging types of scenes to knit are urban scenes and bridges. Some of the challenging ones I have done are Times Square, Las Vegas, and the Mackinac Bridge, which was my most recent."

#2

Portland Head Lighthouse

Portland Head Lighthouse

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Patricia Simmons
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5 months ago

👏👏👏 L❤ve it keep on knitting👌

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#3

Sedona

Sedona

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Jef Bateman
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5 months ago

Shorts and a sweater. Yep, that's Arizona.

Sam started knitting in 1999 when he met the owners of a local yarn shop. "I asked them where you can learn to knit," he told us in an earlier interview.

"They offered to teach me for free under one condition - that I buy their yarn. I agreed. It was a dream come true after years of signing up for knitting classes that would always get canceled due to low enrollment. In the years that followed, I have knitted 106 sweaters featuring various nature scenes, landmarks, holidays, and more, all freehand without a graph. Each sweater has an interesting (long) story behind it."

#4

Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day

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Jef Bateman
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5 months ago

That groundhog is really flexing.

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#5

Ice Skating

Ice Skating

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Debbie
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5 months ago

the talent!!!

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Sam says he's had to overcome plenty of challenges to complete his sweaters, including traveling long distances to obtain yarn and rushing to knit them in time for a specific event. "At first, I didn't think anything of the idea of posing in front of the landmarks or objects they represent. But it seemed like the natural choice to wear them there. Before long, I had 10-15 such pictures. I realized this was a form of art of its own and I started making a conscious effort to create more pictures like these."

#6

Hollywood Sign

Hollywood Sign

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Aidyn06
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5 months ago

I'm already in love with this man

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#7

Leaning Tower Of Pisa

Leaning Tower Of Pisa

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Mieke Sorée
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5 months ago

I am pretty sure he's not really in Pisa here...

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Keep scrolling to see more of our favorites, and check out Sam's website for more info!

#8

M&t Bank Stadium - Current Temporary Picture Is At High School Football Field

M&t Bank Stadium - Current Temporary Picture Is At High School Football Field

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Perfumista Perfumista
Community Member
5 months ago

Like this one best, especially the sleeves

#9

Hanukkah III

Hanukkah III

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Juan Mejias
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5 months ago

Time travel!

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#10

The Gateway Arch

The Gateway Arch

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We'llSee
Community Member
5 months ago

You guys are awesome love this one :)

#11

Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Hall

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Marlene Ricker
Community Member
5 months ago

This one is brilliant!

#12

Cape May Lighthouse

Cape May Lighthouse

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#13

Las Vegas Strip

Las Vegas Strip

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Bored Birgit
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5 months ago

Ha, the red car!

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#14

Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg

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#15

Birthday Cake

Birthday Cake

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#16

Mt. Washington

Mt. Washington

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Lyone Fein
Community Member
5 months ago

All that snow!

#17

Passover III

Passover III

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
5 months ago

Not sure this is Passover. Well done, however.

#18

Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon

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#19

Sherwood Gardens

Sherwood Gardens

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#20

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

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Tiina Lehtineva
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5 months ago

Have you guys any idea how hot that must be!?

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#21

Chautauqua Park, Boulder

Chautauqua Park, Boulder

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Lyone Fein
Community Member
5 months ago

The Flat Irons!!

#22

London Bridge Arizona

London Bridge Arizona

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#23

Cape May

Cape May

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Lyone Fein
Community Member
5 months ago

Great colors

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#24

Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam

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ispeak catanese
Community Member
5 months ago

My favorite so far. Very geometric.

#25

Natural Bridge

Natural Bridge

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#26

Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park

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#27

Reptiles

Reptiles

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#28

Boulder Central Library

Boulder Central Library

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#29

Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh

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Todd Higgins
Community Member
5 months ago

Awesome.......

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#30

Boulder Creek

Boulder Creek

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Lyone Fein
Community Member
5 months ago

This one is very groovey.

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