At MSRT I took the combined knitting workshop... i guess i knew i was a combined knitter, because i'd had other people tell me that, but i didn't really know what it meant. I had learned how to knit by pondering Mary Thomas' book years ago, and she described both methods, and I ended up just cobbling something together as I learned. At first I was twisting all of my stitches on flat knitting, until I went back and tinkered with my purl, and ended up doing combined knitting.
It was only at the workshop (thank you Ted) that I learned what this really meant, and finally understood how most other people knitted. But, one thing I was not able to figure out during the workshop was a good way to do a right-leaning decrease. When you're a combined knitter, a left-leaning decrease is easy - you just K2tog.
Finally I got something to work : I slip the first stitch regular, slip the second one so as to twist the stitch, move both stitches back onto the left had needle, and then K2tog from the front. But that seems unduly painful.
So this morning, I discovered two things. The first is that I can knit while riding the recumbent exercise bike :). The second was that another way to get the right-leaning decrease is to anticipate it in the previous row and twist the stitch (which will be the second of the two stitches knitted together on the next row) as you're making it. That works a lot better - I just have to K2tog from the front then on the next row.
Does anyone know another way for a combined knitter to do a right-leaning decrease without having to anticipate ahead a row and without having to transfer stitches from the left needles to the right and then back again?