Sa bawat paghigpit ng ilang hiblang sinulid,

Sa bawat buhol na pinagkakabit-kabit

Ni hindi maaninag and susunod na tahi

Kung hindi papakiramdaman ng mga daliri.


Sa ngalay na hatid ng pag-arok ko

Nang susunod na sundot ng aking pang-gantsilyo

Ni hindi ko batid ang matatapos na anyo

Sinusunod lamang, ang bugso ng pulso.


Mabinig himulmol na siyang natatamo

Sa bawat galaw ng aguhat’t kamay ko

At sa presilyang nakabuo ng hugis bulaklakin

Disenyo’ng ilang beses ko pang uulitin


Makirot ma’t mahapdi ang mga daliri

Batid kong paghinto’y hindi magiging madali.

Sapagka’t ang puso’y sabik na ‘di mawari

Sa blusang ginantsilyo nang buong pagtangi.

[September 16, 2012]




*Aguha – crochet hook

** Presilya – loop

——— Disclaimer: the following is a lousy attempt to translate the whole verse in english —-


Every tightened strands of thread

And every knot that i try to connect

I can merely perceive the next stitch

By the touch of my own fingertip


To the numbness and pain that it took

Of every next prick of my crochet hook

I maybe unsure of what the project will be

I just follow the pulse and the guts within me.


The lushness of the fabric that i can create

On every move of my hands that crochet

And every loop that forms a floral design

A pattern I may repeat a few more times


My wrist and fingers may sore and all

I would still not be able to stop and stall

Because I, myself, is a little bit excited

On the blouse I’m crocheting with full love and jest.



I’ve been using degrafa for a while but can’t quite grasp how to fully utilize the RadielGradientFill.

Here’s what i want to achieve:


It’s an elliptical gradient on a elliptical path. The center of a gradient is slightly off the horizontal x-axis and the radius of the circular gradient is bigger than that of the path.

Usually I create my vector graphics using Inkscape and then used   the generated SVG in xml format (you could do this by clicking the  xml icon – inkscape-xml-icon-toolbar)  in my degrafa objects.

Oh I know how to define simple radial gradients in degrafa but i could only produce circular gradients and i cant even change the x and y axis coordinates of the center.

I was quite frustrated because i dont know how to use the properties of the radial gradient fill to achieve the desired result. So I applied brute force, that is try – and – see method by defining one parameter and see how it affects the gradient to no avail.

Every once in a while I stop and search google for answers using vague keywords like: Degrafa RadialGradientFill  cx (coz the docs says you use this to offset the x-axis of your radial gradient).

And then finally i decided i have to see the code itself so that I could analyze where it happens, and what part of the code decides on how to draw the gradient.

So after downloading the degrafa source code, I saw on

com/degrafa/RadialGradientFill.as on line 174 (under the function

 override public function begin(graphics:Graphics, rc:Rectangle))

The culprit was you have to define  the cx, cy and radius of the fill rather than just the cx and cy.

Like this one:

< RadialGradientFill cx="{rx*1.10}" cy="{ry}" radiusX="{rx*1.11}" radiusY="{ry*1.44}">

where rx=this.width/2 and ry = this.height/2

I thought (radius) should have a default value. (I found out that this is not the case.. 😀 )

See! I’m learning!

Most of the times, I cannot find a direct solution/instructions/guide to simple things such as this one. For example degrafa.org/docs should have pointed out (specially for beginners like me) that cx and cy attributes do not make sense without defining the radius first.

I know, i know.. for most this maybe an obvious thing. But who knows, someone like me might have been stuck on this same problem too.. 😛



loving degrafa more and more