When you can't carry your sewing machine around with you to places such as the hair salon, kntting is a good option. I am working on a dress using Classic Elite Sprout bought from Holleys Yarn Shoppe here in Dallas. The pattern is (surprise) slightly improvised. It's based on the dimensions and look of the Emma Peel dress pattern from Mason Dixon Knitting Outside the Lines. However it's mostly reverse engineered based on Elizabeth Zimmerman's knitting philosophy. So that math I learned at Hockaday has been useful for something!
The only problem is the growth rate of my garment is not keeping up with the growth rate of my kid. Knit faster!!!