Some people even come right out and say it 'hey, you're holding it all wrong!' I quite appreciate that, at least they are open and trying to share skills. I always retort 'yes, thats because my mother is an ardent feminist who refused to allow me to learn any traditionally female skills, so I had to teach myself to knit by torchlight under my duvet for fear of being forced to recite the female eunuch as punishment'. Usually shuts the old bags up.
Anyway, I'm not a slow knitter. Neither am I a fast knitter, but that might be because I keep stopping to drink coffee or watch a juicy bit of eastenders.
I observed myself knitting recently and noticed that, although I let go of the rh needle to bring the yarn round, it doesn't really get fully dropped. Somehow it balances on the knitting, and I bring the yarn round so fast that the needle doesn't go anywhere and is back in my hands just-like-that. Usually. Also the left hand needle does a fair amount of the work.
But it would be awesome to be able to knit continental style, because it would make knitting colourwork a lot easier. I have knitted stranded and woven colourwork, but it takes a bloody long time, which makes me bloody cross. So I mostly don't. Or I do cheat's slip stitch colour patterns. These socks only had one colour per round
Same with these gloves
This isn't such a great picture, but the fair isle style pattern on this dolly jacket also only had one colour per row