When I first taught myself to knit, I bought my supplies at JoAnn's, apprehensively browsing the aisles like I was colorblind in a paint store. I left with some yarn and Susan Bates 14" straights, sizes 5-10. Because the needles were so long, awkward and "heavy" (I began with the recommended size 10s), I ended up teaching myself to knit with the right needle propped straight up on my lap and working "around" it. I never noticed until I attempted a knitting demonstration for my mother on my webcam, and I failed miserably because I couldn't hold both needles up!
Needless to say, my first attempt at using circulars was unbelievably frustrating. I was back at square one, holding the needles awkwardly and knitting slowly. I recently bought a set of Denise Interchangeables which are lighter and easier to work with than heavier metal needles, but whenever I pull out straights, I can't get myself out of my "propping" habit.
Does anyone have suggestions as to how to break the habit/what kind of straights to purchase so I don't do this anymore? Has anyone else heard of this habit? I'd love any input!