April 3, 2018

Sam Barsky, the guy who who photographs himself posing in front of something while wearing a sweater he's knitted with a picture of that thing knitted into it.

Such a perfect project for Instagram.

Just one of many examples:



I got there via "It’s Sweater Weather Forever/Samuel Barsky has gained a measure of fame online for posting photographs of himself in front of famous landmarks with his handmade sweaters" (NYT).
Mr. Barsky, a Baltimore native, said he started knitting in 1999 when he dropped out of nursing school at his local community college. Then, he was shopping at a flea market in Lutherville, Md., where he saw three women selling yarn. He asked if they would teach him how to knit.... At first he created nature scenes. But then he became taken with famous landmarks. “If I know my plans in advance I’ll knit a sweater and take it there,” he said.

70 comments:

Ann Althouse said...

I wish Irene could see this!

madAsHell said...

Where's Moe to have Curley pick two fingers, and then poke him in the eyes??

Oso Negro said...

Well, ok.

madAsHell said...

If I know my plans in advance

I've always depended upon the kindness of strangers.

madAsHell said...

I must admit. That is the FIRST short sleeve sweater I have ever seen.

Rabel said...

Hard to believe Sam has time for knitting, what with all of the babes he's slammin'.

JaimeRoberto said...

Whatever floats your boat, dude.

richlb said...

That's a true fellow Baltimoron there.

D said...

Well if I know where we're going, then I might know, what I'll sew
And if I know what I'm knittin, then my shirt may show, what I've seen
And we're not little children and I should know what I want
But the future is uncertain,
Give me time to knit it out.

Etienne said...
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The Cracker Emcee Classic said...

That's pretty great, actually. Eccentric in a gentle Red Green kind of way.

MadisonMan said...

@Althouse, maybe she can.

I'm not a fan of short sleeves in sweaters. Ever.

Freeman Hunt said...

Wow! He has over one hundred. Must be a fast knitter!

Jon Ericson said...

News, fake news and... Squirrel!
Or squirrely.
Thanks for all the mindcrap!

Freeman Hunt said...

"Hard to believe Sam has time for knitting, what with all of the babes he's slammin'."

He is married and knits sweater dresses for his wife. There are pictures of these on his Instagram account.

chickelit said...

I’m somehow reminded of Bissage.

Bad Lieutenant said...

Ecce homo! Sorry ladies, this HHBL (hunka hunka burning love) is taken.

Fabi said...

The world needs more Sams.

Christopher said...

The curve.

Goes.

THE WRONG WAY.

Cooke said...

He knits a sweater a month. I'm impressed despite the fact that I don't particularly like the individual sweaters and I actively dislike the ugly baggy (but not a raglan) short sleeve thing happening.

rehajm said...

I hope he recycles the Hanukkah sweater...

He cheated on the Amish country one- it's more of a vest..

Trumpit said...

I don't like all the hashtags - #MakeAmericaBeautifulAgain

Danno said...

Is there a men-in-shortsleeve-sweaters tag?

Ann Althouse said...

Seems like he’s saving time by not knitting sleeves.

D. said...

At least he produces something physical rather than hot air.

Jon Ericson said...

And basket-weavers who sit and smile and twiddle their thumbs and toes and...

Ralph L said...

Just as well he didn't make the road straight and wide.

MountainMan said...

So I wonder how long it will be until we see one hanging in the Smithsonian?

Inga said...

Sorry, off topic. Rebbeca Dallet, in the Wisconsin Supreme Court race won by a huge margin! Hear that Scott Walker?

Lovely sweater, BTW.

theribbonguy said...

Toxic masculinity...is there anything it can't do.

William said...

I'm sure he knits sweaters as presents for friends and relatives. Can you imagine they joy on their faces when he presents them with such thoughtful gifts.

The Germans Have A Word For That. said...

i sincerely hope this helps him get laid.

The Germans have a word for this.

Jon Ericson said...

Dummkopf?

Dave in Tucson said...

Think you used enough hashtags there, Butch?

Big Mike said...

His name may be Barsky, but the sweater is certainly barfsky.

Howard said...

Woodcock!

Dave said...

So, this is Pajama Boy in his 40s?

Jon Ericson said...

Read some fun stuff here. Althouse is petrified.

Jon Ericson said...

"Soon" Heh.

Jon Ericson said...

Oh, here's our girl!

Jon Ericson said...

Everything will be alright.

D. said...

Can any one commenting knit? Or you be knit wits?

Jon Ericson said...

All the knitters be asleep.

walter said...

If we grade this art on a curve.....

D. said...

So alot of knit wits? An Althouse thing.

walter said...

Inga is wet with delight!
Yes..activist, San Fran money/values gal wins!

walter said...

Pervy grandpas smilin' Inga!

Jon Ericson said...

Never stick your dick into crazy.
Words to live by.

Jon Ericson said...

Slosh, slosh, slosh, slosh, slosh... mmm ug. Shit. Big sigh.

Jon Ericson said...

Inga: The perfect wife for...

walter said...

Did I miss Althouse's fisking of Dallet's extra-legal focus?

walter said...

I blame Global Warming..dropping snow on the low profile election..swung by tide pod ingesters and still seething capitol singers

walter said...

Inga,
Did you contribute to "Andy" McCabe's GOFUND mE?

walter said...

(She's kinda busy right now)

Jon Ericson said...

Here's where you should throw your surplus bucks.

Yancey Ward said...

George Costanza knits?

Jon Ericson said...

She looks nice.

chickelit said...

WTF was Erich Holder doing pumping $ into the WI judicial election? And they bought that?

Fools!

walter said...

Well, Holder is the Gold standard in terms of legal minds..(cough, cough)

walter said...

(Inga's still busy)

Glen Filthie said...

Well, if you're dumb enough to read the NYT, this is the kind of crap you'll come across. Really, A-house, if you want to turn your blog into some kind of gay internet bath house for NYC butt blisters and Cleveland steamers, please let me know so I can give it a pass.

Humperdink said...

AA said: "Seems like he’s saving time by not knitting sleeves."

Probably no backs to them either. Has anyone ever seen the back of one these gems?

MadisonMan said...

So I looked at his Insty account -- and he's using the same pattern in each of the sweaters. As the husband of a constant knitter, I know that saves huge amounts of time. (Ditto the short sleeves, the number of times I've heard my wife complain about knitting sleeves on small needles!!) But there are some long sleeve versions on the instagram acct.

I imagine, though, if you're knitting scenes of places you're going, and you're going there in the summer, short sleeves might be preferable.

Jeff Brokaw said...

A male nursing school dropout who took up knitting and posts selfies while wearing shitty sweaters featuring landscapes with crucial details wrong. Ohhhhhh-kay.

tcrosse said...

White people like ugly sweaters

MadisonMan said...

Imagine going to an Estate Sale, and there's a room full of odd sleeve-less sweaters with huge neck openings, and the sweater fronts are depicting various scenes.

That's a room I would not enter.

Frumious B. said...
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M.K. Popovich said...

he travels too much

Be said...

Oh my gosh! Mr. Barsky's one of the few reasons I visit Facebook anymore. He and his wife are Sweet. He's a pretty good cook, too.

I'm more of a lace / pattern stitch knitter, myself. His encouragement has got me trying out Intarsia (his sort of colorwork) for the first time, in making some simple-patterned children's sweaters.

***

He is genuinely shocked at the amount of publicity he's been receiving lately; not sure that Mme cares for it.

funsize said...

I knit, and I can definitely agree that leaving off the sleeves saves time. Sleeves are the black holes of sweater- knitting.