I knit contintental and I think I do it like greenchic but backwards... I move my whole left hand, yarn and all, around the needle, and anchor my LEFT needle on my thigh. (although sometimes it slides towards the crotch area, and, when knitting in public, that usually causes some pretty interesting looks
I also found that knitting to music or a book on tape helps me move faster because I get in a groove easier... or trance maybe is a better word. I can't just KNIT, I have to be doing something or listening to something. My guess is in a few months you'll be laughing at the memory of your slow knitting speed!