> I don't think there is is any spoiler of any real value here. > > When Pel goes to the Easterner for "services", he asks > if he is a "knitter of stone", and the reply is something > like: "No, he crochets". > > This really strikes me as an inside joke, but one I have > no clue about. Does anyone else have a stab? "Knitter of stone" sounds like a mason. I don't know if that helps at all.