I've been working on the Isabella Bonnet for my friend's daughter, Ava. Now, Miss Ava's birthday was in November and that is when I intended to have it done by. But, September was my first month of graduate school AND working full-time (plus the post-wedding hangover) so needless to say, if I got dinner made a couple nights a week, that was an accomplishment! I'm finally working on the bow for the hat so I should have it done soon (will take pics and post when I do!).
I have come to realize that if I'm going to fit knitting into my crazy life, then I'm going to have to knit more quickly. I've been watching some videos on YouTube that have helped a bit. However, it's going to take a while to adjust my style and get used to keeping tension. In making the bow for the hat, I've been testing out a few different techniques and I can definitely see where I stopped one and started the other. I don't think it's going to be noticeable (other than to other knitters) once it's on the hat though.
I also think that it's good to have a variety of techniques in my bag of tricks so that I can vary it up to prevent overuse injuries. I notice when I knit a lot that I do sometimes get aches and pains.
Here are a couple videos on YouTube that I've found useful:
1. The sound could be better on this video but I found that holding the needle in my right hand like a pencil does help a bit with speed and is quite comfortable. I am totally one of those knitters she talks about who sometimes drops the needle in my right hand when throwing the yarn.
2. I picked up a couple useful tips in this KnitPicks video with Miriam Tegels (world's fastest knitter) but I wish that there would have been more close-ups and they would have also showed a clip of her technique slowed down instead of just at full-speed.