Creative Expression Has a New Hero

In the midst of a tense national and international news cycle, it's refreshing to find moments of joy, creativity, and celebrating the simple pleasures of everyday life. 

Enter Sam Barsky

Once a quiet champion of creativity, now a viral superstar of knitting, Sam Barsky has risen to fame this week for his amazing (like really amazing) sweaters. Featuring the many places he's traveled and the pastimes he enjoys, Sam's 103-and-counting sweaters not only act as souvenirs of his whereabouts, they also serve as a gentle reminder to embrace our creative spirit, try something new, and share it with our friends, family, and neighbors.

And the best part? We don't have to imagine what landmarks these sweaters are featuring. Instead, Sam does that for us, by visiting each location in the featured sweater and photographing the experience.  

Photo from  "The Artistic Knitting of Sam Barsky"  Facebook page.

Photo from "The Artistic Knitting of Sam Barsky" Facebook page.

Want more of this sweet story?

Learn more about Sam's sweaters, his practice of photographing each sweater in front of its place of inspiration, and his rise to internet fame on Mashable.

Check out his Facebook page, which is complete with photos of sweaters he's knit to date, WIP shots (that's work-in-progress for all you non-crafters), as well as videos sharing progress on each creation for his fans. 

And stay tuned for some new pieces about to make their internet debut, including a sweater featuring the fictional R & B group The California Raisins, and one he's working on in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.