Archaeologists love a good woolly jumper, but this might just be the best one we’ve ever seen.
As any archaeology fan will know, a good woolly jumper is a wardrobe staple. Perhaps most famously exemplified by Time Team’s Mick Aston, the brighter and baggier, the better. So when we saw Sam Barsky blowing up the internet with his incredible Stonehenge creation, we just HAD to share it with you. It’s colourful, it’s artistic AND it’s got one of the world’s most famous ancient monuments on it. Could there be anything more perfect?
As it turns out, Sam has been knitting for 16 years. He started in 2000 when he was looking for a new direction in life. “I have a learning disability and also a neurological disorder that makes me tired and weak at times. In 1999 it forced me to leave nursing school—at first I didn’t know what I was going to do” he said in an interview with The Yarn Loop.
That’s when he met the owners of a local yarn shop, and they agreed to teach him to knit.
After making two plain jumpers, and one from a pattern of a world map, Sam realised that he didn’t have to stick to patterns, he could just knit whatever was in his head. Since then, he’s knitted over 90 jumpers, depicting everything from natural wonders, to huge feats of engineering, both ancient and modern.
The twist? After knitting a jumper of a place he wants to visit, he now goes there and wears it in front of the real thing… kind of like a reverse postcard!
You can see more of Sam’s amazing creations on his Facebook page. We think they’re excellent, and can’t wait to see where his postcard jumpers take him next!
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