Mr.J, and Squint, helped me take these pictures. Kelly's idea of it being both continental and reversed might be the answer! It would solve both the 'funny style of knitting' and the 'you're doing it all backwards' comments at the same time.
At least, we let him think so!
Linky: Cute blog at Shim + Sons, a stationery designer and poster of cute Japanese crafts! Found via Crafting Japanese.
Linky: Summer Nights jacket pattern at MagKnits.
Linky: Raven Frog Fiber Arts yarn available here (Aug 30, 2006)