Thank you all (or y'all for American readers) for your helpful comments. The sun is shining, spring is on its way, and I'm feeling quite inspired to rip into my clutter. Though I think Deb R hit the nail on the head - other people's clutter is always SO much more fun than your own. Damn.
Here's a little gem I discovered - knitPro is a web application that translates digital images into knit, crochet, needlepoint and cross-stitch patterns. Just upload jpeg, gif or png images of whatever you wish -- portraits, landscapes, logos... and it will generate the image pattern on a grid sizable for any fiber project.
How cool is that?
And in case you haven't seen enough photos of my view, here's the harbour with my neighbour's house in the foreground.