I officially have taught myself to knit English. I've been knitting either combined or continental since I was a child and was always puzzled by how anyone could control the yarn with their right hand. It just seemed so awkward to me.
But I am preparing to teach a knitting class and felt that English knitting was a skill I should have up my sleeve. So with the help of Amy's videos and my 9 yo dd who knits English, I picked up my needles and forged ahead.
This is what I discovered: my garter stitch looks so much better than when I knit Continental and my gauge is much tighter. I'm a loose knitter when I knit Continental so this can be a good thing.
I'm much better at knitting than purling and I'm no speed demon by any means but I made a fairly respectable baby hat knitting English and I'm knitting English style on the Shapely tank that I have frogged at least 8 times till I can get my short row shaping the way I want it.
It's kind of fun to do all that yarn throwing stuff.
Now I really know that it doesn't matter which way you knit, it's just what floats your boat!
And really - I'm a tri-knitter cause I can now knit combined, continental and english! Yippee!