Baltimore Man's Sweaters Are Better Than Postcards

Sam Barsky, who knits sweaters of places that he plans to visit, boasts several of Israel and a number with Jewish themes.

Sam Barsky at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, wearing his Western Wall sweater.
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Some people travel on the spur of the moment, while for others it takes some planning. In the case of Sam Barsky of Baltimore, it apparently not only involves booking flights and accommodations, but knitting a sweater emblazoned with places that he will be visiting. Several of his sweaters feature scenes in Israel that he has visited.  

He created his first sweater postcard in 2000 as an experiment, he told the Mashable website in a story published Monday. "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," he said. "The two most recent ones I did, the Bahai Gardens and the Dead Sea, were made for a trip I took in December to Israel."

Sam Barsky at Ein Gedi, near the Dead Sea
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Barsky's Jewish-themed sweaters include a Hanukkah sweater with a menorah. He also produced a knitted, framed picture of the sanctuary at Beth Am Synagogue in Baltimore, where he was married. He also has a Yom Kippur sweater featuring a Torah breastplate.

Sam Barsky wearing his Hanukkah sweater.
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Barsky's goal is to have his picture taken in the setting of all 103 sweaters that he has knitted featuring a scene. So far he has pictures of himself wearing 91 different sweaters.