When Sam Barsky first started knitting sweaters 18 years ago, his designs featuring different landmarks were inspired by places he had already visited.
Soon the Baltimore man came up with a better idea that took his vacation pictures to a new level.
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"Now I'm doing them before going to a certain place,'' Barsky told TODAY. "At first I was just doing it unconsciously, but then I decided to make that an intentional form of art."
To the delight of the internet, Barsky, 42, has taken photos of himself wearing many of his 103 self-made sweaters of landmarks in front of the actual places, from Times Square in New York City to Stonehenge in England.
He has photos in front of 91 of the designs in his sweaters, including the Bahai Gardens and Dead Sea in Israel, where he traveled in December.
"Pretty much anything that crosses my eye is a possible sweater,'' Barsky said. "There's all different things that can inspire one. I just choose a place I'm planning to go to and come up with a design."
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Not everything needs to be a famous landmark, either. He knitted one of a nearby transmission tower.
"I did the transmission towers because I see them all the time,'' he said. "They're everywhere, so I thought that was a possible idea for a sweater."
He had hoped to get one done for Monday's Martin Luther King Jr. holiday but didn't get it finished in time. Each sweater takes him about a month to knit.
Next on his list is one for Groundhog Day on Feb. 2.
"It's hard to tell which one is my No. 1 favorite because I like so many of them, but some I like better than others,'' Barsky said. "There's always something new to be inspired by."
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