I just found this forum entry at this weblink:
My aunt, who knits very speedily, accurately, uniformly, and efficiently, props the right-hand needle (straight needles only) in her lap so that it sticks up vertically and holds the left needle in her left hand like a normal person. The left needle moves, the right one does not. She carries the yarn in her right hand, which also sort of steadies the right needle without actually HOLDING it.
I have never seen anyone else knit like my aunt, with the propped needle. When she KIPped, people would ask about why she was knitting that way, that they'd never seen anyone else do that, blah blah blah. So, when I went to learn to knit, I used circulars (nothing to prop) so that I'd have to learn the 'one in each hand' method like "normal" people so that nobody would stare. That worked. I can do the "normal" people method, especially on circulars and teeny bamboo sock needles.
Only... the propping thing is amazingly fast. I tried it, you know, to see what it was like. It's really fast. Easy. I don't have to pay as much attention to it.
So. This 'cottage knitting' thing. Sounds like propped needle knitting to me. Other people do this? It's not necessarily some sort of shameful thing to only do at home where other people can't stare at you?
Posted by: teep at March 19, 2004 11:10 AM