A Trip Down Memory Lane with a Song

I stumbled upon a music video by Position for “I Love You” on Youtube. It is in Korean but the tune is very familiar. I have heard it somewhere.


It turned out that the song was originally in Japanese but has been covered by many singers in different languages. The original singer and song writer was a Japanese rock singer called Yutaka Ozaki (尾崎豐), active in the late 80s to early 90s. His career was cut short when he died in April 1992 at the age of 26.

I also found out that he wrote and sang “Oh My Little Girl”. This is the song that I fell in love with in 1994 when I first heard it in Japan. It was my first long overseas trip and on my own with a classmate. Just the 2 of us. We stayed with friends and they brought us to places that a travel agency wouldn’t cover. We went ice-skating, queued for an hour to visit a museum. Had takiyako at Ueno Park. We visited a university and hung out with university students who used us as English practice. We went to Mt Fuji by private car and I fought the temptation to buy a Sony walkman. We ate Okonomiyaki, sushi at a sushi bar, home-cooked sukiyaki and more.

At night, my young host had us watching a Japanese drama (この世の果て) with her. I saw a total of 2 episodes but didn’t understand a word since I don’t know Japanese. “Oh My Little Girl” was the theme song and it stuck with me for a long time even after the trip. When we left Japan, our host made us a cassette tape of her favourite songs and this song was in it. Back in Singapore, I tried to find out more about the song but couldn’t get much since the Internet was still in its infancy and there’s no Google or Youtube.

More than a decade later, I came across a VCD set of the Japanese drama. It’s called “爱没有明天” in Chinese. The English name could be “End of the World” but I can’t be sure. Finally, with Chinese subtitles, I know what the story is about and how it ended. It’s a rather sad story.

And now, I know who was behind the song that tied all these precious memories together for me. To think, he died 2 years before I visited Japan yet his song can still affect and impact me so. That’s the power of music. My little regret was that I am only able to listen to and enjoy his other songs 20 years later.

Felt like I have come full circle.

Here’s the videos that started this trip down memory lane.

I Love You by Position

I Love You by Yutaka Ozaki

Oh My Little Girl by Yutaka Ozaki

この世の果て / 爱没有明天

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier – film adaptations

DaphneDuMaurier_Rebecca_first

I happened upon the 1997 TV adaptation of Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier in Youtube. The full length version. So, I watched it.


I remember trying to read this novel when I was a teenager. I couldn’t finish it. I couldn’t remember the reason now because I thought the TV drama was quite good. My sister had read the book and told me that the book was full of the whining of a young wife living in the shadow of a perfect dead wife. Yahh, I can see why I couldn’t finish the book. I wouldn’t have appreciated the details that Du Maurier used in order to develop her characters. I didn’t really see that whining in the drama which is a good thing.

This little novel was adapted for film and TV numerous times. 1940, 1962, and 1979 and apparently, an Italian version in 2008. What makes this novel such an interest to filmmakers? I suspect it is the suspense and the twist at the end of the story. Here’s a little list of all the adaptations as found in Youtube.

1940

This is a movie version done in the US.

1962

This is only a trailer of a TV adaptation filmed in the US.

1979

This is the playlist for the TV version by Britain. Stars Jeremy Brett.

1997

This is another TV adaptation starring Emilia Fox.

2008 (Italian Version)

This version looks interesting. Unfortunately, it is dubbed in Russian. Quite strange to watch Italians sounding Russian.

I watched the 1940, 1979 and 1997 versions comparing the similarities and differences. All 3 began with the same scene, which is also how the book began. It testifies to Ms Du Maurier’s writing prowess. Perhaps I might try reading the book again.

Garter Stitch Knitting: Techniques and Patterns

Garter Stitch Squares Bag

I really like garter stitch knitting. It is a super easy technique for beginners. It produces a squishy, sturdy and flat piece of knitted work, and I can watch TV while I knit.


What is garter stitch knitting?

I hope you already know that there are 2 basic stitches in knitting: the knit(K) stitch and the purl(P) stitch. Garter stitch is perfect for people who had learned the knit stitch and is raring to start on their first project. Garter stitch fabric is what you get when you knit every row.

Here is a video of how the garter stitch look like and how it is knitted.

I have a couple of projects here made with garter stitch. The projects start from easy to more challenging. By working through these projects in sequence, I think you will also love garter stitch knitting. If you are an absolute newbie, you might want to start with a garter stitch scarf or wash cloth but they are boring even for me, the TV knitter. So, they didn’t make it to my list.

1. Bag with garter stitch squares

This is a bag made up of several pieces of garter stitch squares. They are sewn up in a way that give the bag a hobo look. It’s really a very interesting design. You can size the bag by making bigger or smaller squares.


2. Garter stitch bag on a bias

This bag is made up of a single piece of garter stitch square. It is knitted on a bias starting with a 1-stitch cast on. If you hate casting on a lot of stitches, this project is just right for you.


3. Garter stitch cardigan

This cardigan is knitted as a single piece (yah! No sewing up) in garter stitch and shaped using short rows.


http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEss11/PATTcorinne.php

Short rows isn’t too hard. Here’s a video showing you how it is done using the Japanese technique.

4. Garter Ear Flap Hat

This is a sweet hat with sizes from baby to adult. It is seamless and shaped using short rows.


http://www.purlbee.com/2014/01/23/lauras-loop-garter-ear-flap-hat/

Weaving in the Ends

Weaving in the ends in garter stitch. So simple.

Parting words

I hope you will try some of these projects and let me know how it went for you. And if you are game for more garter stitch knitting, here’s a webpage with more projects.

If you need to refresh your memory on how to cast on, how to do the knit stitch and the purl stitch, and how to bind off, please go to this page for knitting beginners.

Have fun, Phoebe

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