Yesterday, we went to an antique show/fair and one of the exhibitors was a woman who was furiously knitting. Of course, I went to chat with her and discovered that she was knitting in the medieval method of holding the right needle still and tucked under the right arm while all the movements of knitting were done by the left arm. The only involvement of the right hand was to throw the wool. Those who have studied the history of knitting know that in the medieval ages the members of the knitting guilds wore special belts with a groove which held the right hand needle in a stationary position. I must say that this woman knitted with great speed both the knit and the purl stitches.
James Norbury was and still is considered an authority of knitting and certainly has both followers and detractors. He was a very particular knitter and emphasised that there was a proper and improper way to knit and he stressed using the method I've described above.
I can knit in this fashion with my Addi circulars if I concentrate. I find that it prevents some fatigue and I can knit much more rapidly. However, the down side is that I tend to knit too tightly and I can't seem to remedy that. Even for the sake of speed, I don't think I could go back to straight needles.
For the sake of discussion, I bring all this up for the reasons that I'm curious to know if others have tried this method and what they think of it. In addition, I'm seeking information on Mr. Norbury's knitting books: I am curious to know what others think of them before purchasing some. They are long out of print and rather dear to purchase.