This afternoon I stumbled upon a cross stitch pattern generator I wasn't previously aware of as I folllowed links from one website to another to another as one does.
I ended up playing with it for over an hour and liked what I saw.
For those not familiar with online pattern generators, you upload a photo or other graphic, fill in a few blanks regarding finished size desired, fabric count, number of colors to use, etc and the program creates a pattern for you.
** not affiliated with company in anyway as owner, employee or customer. Just thought it was nifty.