You don't have to take the stitches off - just knit into the 2nd one first, then the one on the end. It can be done by taking off only the first one, hold it in back and knit the next one, then knit the first one. As long as you don't stretch your needles apart, that stitch won't drop, and you can steady it against your left needle with a finger while you knit the other stitch. You can take both off and rearrange them, but it's not necessary and it's a lot less risky with just 2 sts.
sue- knitting heretic