I came across this lovely painting done by the author of children’ book, ‘Gasperd and Lisa’.
I believe there is a carousel near the Eiffel Tower. He has added his personal touch and the painting is so beautiful. This is one of my favorite of his work.
And here is Gasperd and Lisa.
You don’t usually see giraffe and elephant on a carousel, but don’t they look sweet? This is what is great about art. You are allowed to paint anything.
I fell in love this picture and I started toying the idea of creating a knitted carousel.
It seemed to be a little daunting project, but I drew the basic design and gave a good thought on how to build it. The important issue was the size. I did not want to make it too big or small.
I did not try to be too clever and make the carousel actually work. That would be too ambitious.
So, this is just an ornament, a cute ornament.
First, I made horses. I made four. And knitted the base circle stage big enough for them.
I inserted circle cardboard panels to keep its shape. It is stuffed with toy stuffing and in the centre, it has a polyethylene block to support the pole.
The awning is knitted in the similar way as the base stage. It just has a round top. I added a little bobbles on the edge.
And of course, I need little children to ride the horses.
Although the horses do not go up and down, you can turn the carousel if you place it on a flat slippery surface.
I used to love carousels as a child. I liked to sit on a horse sideways, feet dangling off from one side so that I would feel like a princess.
I would love to visit the carousel in Paris at night like in the painting of Gasperd. This is in my must-do-once-in-a-lifetime list.