I've raved about Ravelry before. On Ravelry you keep a notebook of projects you've made, and part of the fun is putting up pictures. This is mutually benefitial for all users, because it means that you can see how a pattern turned out when someone else made it. Sometimes, however, there aren't pictures available. For instance, you may have given the finished object to someone before you joined Ravelry and therefore didn't realize that you might want a picture of it some day.
Or it may be a gift in progress, and you don't want any snooping recipients-to-be spying it before you're finished.
Or, and this is really the heart of the matter, you may have knitted a nice, serviceable hat for someone you loved very dearly, and they left it at work the day they quit and never went back for it. You might not have a picture of the hat, but you do have a picture of the man, and access to Microsoft Paint.
On the topic of gift-knitting (two or three paragraphs ago), I am very nearly finished with Laura's hat. Despite all my fears of it being small and unslouchy, it turned out huge and deliciously floppy. It's going to overwhelm her head. It's almost too cool for her, which is an uncharitable way of saying I want it for myself. However, I'm going to resist, weave in the ends, consult Shirtless up there on which buttons to use for embellishment, and watch it eat Laura's head on Christmas morning.
Mom's fingerless mitts are coming along so quickly that I really have time to make her a hat, too, but this too I must resist and concentrate instead on what I'm going to do for everybody else.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is all I'm knitting at the moment. One hat, and one pair of gloves. It's madness! So I must turn to other sources of page fodder.
I had the big ultrasound on Monday. Tears were kept to a minimum. It's another boy (currently kicking me in the cervix, it feels like). Turns out I highlighted all of those girl names for naught. A few boys' names that I like (in no particular order):
Isaac (Hebrew for "He Laughs" or "Laughter") For my grandpa Isadore
Levi (Hebrew, "Attached")
Allan (Breton, "Handsome" or possibly "Little Rock") My dad's middle name
Elias (Greek var. of the Hebrew name Elijah, "The Lord is my God")
Felix (Latin, "Lucky" or "Successful") My other grandfather's name.