The gender survey that Joe found started me on gender theory of my own. While generalizations are always dangerous, I have a pretty strong feeling that the mjority of men knitters are more process oriented while women are more result oriented when it comes to knitting. Most of the women knitters that I know neither know or care why a stitch does what it does and they rarely indulge in knitting theory. They want to get the job done and wear it. Where as most of the men that I know are far more interested in the process of knitting and the finished product is really secondary.
There are of course exceptions. I've had many an interesting knitting theory conversations with women but part of that conversation is usually a rant about women who knit like trained monkeys - by the woman I'm talking to - not me!
So, what are your thoughts. I, myself, am very process oreinted.