Yes, it's like learning to touch type. The faster you are at two-finger typing, the more frustrating it is to go back to the start and learn again. It feels very strange at first but is massively worth it when you get the hang of it! (Not least if you have to type on a keyboard with Russian keys as happened to me in one temp job - I could change the software settings to make it a UK keyboard but I couldn't look at the keys themselves!)
I found I COULD NOT speed up my knitting speed with throwing - the habits were too ingrained to improve. But I learned continental and am waaaay faster. It took me the time it took to knit a garter stitch baby blanket to get fast with knitting, and my purling speed improved over time. I reckon I knit approx 4-5 times faster with continental than I did throwing.
Help, I am the world's slowest knitter, are there any hints or tips to help me speed up? I knitted as a child and have started knitting again as an adult, just simple stuff at the moment. I am currently knitting a blanket for my baby due in March, simple stocking stitch, but it takes me 20mins to do a row of 80 stitches on 5's. It needs to be 80cm long and it is taking so long.