I'm a Continental knitter and I say Sue and Jan are just being too 'moderate' and safe. I say, take chances! Make mistakes! Go wild and learn Continental knitting and purling!
Was I too thick with my enthusiasm? Well, the truth is that with continental one can often switch between knit and purl faster but it does depend on one's skill and speed. There are fast "throwers" (right hand or English) and some slow "pickers" (Continental or ?German?)
But if you learn both methods then you can do things like
[SIZE="5"]Two Handed Fair Isle[/SIZE] (Links to a Philosophers Wool video teaching two handed, two color fair isle method that weaves the floats in on the wrong side as you knit).
I say try it if you would like to learn the method. Then you will know better what is best for you. (And it doesn't hurt to know another method when someone else who knits that way comments on you knitting "the other" way. You can switch up for a few stitches and show them you know more than one method. )
But then I am the type that likes a challenge; My wife likes a challenge too. Perhaps that's why she married me. :?? :doh: [/COLOR]