I knit english primarially, but when I do color work, I knit the main color with my right hand, and the contrast color continental style with my left hand. It's so much faster than dropping and picking up each color! I also wet block *everything*. I don't even bother steam blocking anymore. Wet blocking really evens and smoothes the knitting up very thoroughly.
That cream n green set is from knitty.com... Baby Norgi
by Wendy Johnson. I added the hat, socks and mittens myself though, using patterns for a similar set in the same yarn.