I knit english and don't move my yarn all over the place. If you do ribbing you do have to move it back and forth for the knit and purl ribbing or seed stitch, but you have to in continental as well, unless you're doing norwegian purl. Many continental knitters get the wrong idea about english knitting, it's not as awkward as the learn how videos show, mostly because it's slowed down a lot so you can see how the needle is inserted and the yarn wrapped. Most of us don't knit like that at all.
sue- knitting heretic