Varian Brandon started knitting at age eight. Several trips to the British Isles uncovered a love of color and created an interest in the traditions of Fair Isle design and construction. This fascination increased during her first trip to Shetland and the Outer Hebrides where classes with both Alice Starmore and Kaffe Fassette were offered. The appeal of colorwork knitting grew.
After an undergraduate degree in architecture, post graduate study in both costume and interior design, a graduate degree in communication, and several years working in these disciplines, Varian can now put yarn, color, and design together full time. Her designs have been featured with several yarn companies, national and international magazines, and her own website.
Currently living in Saluda, North Carolina, Varian also teaches stranded colorwork and related knitting techniques at local yarn shops, regional fiber festivals, and for the past 15 years at the Kanuga Knitting and Quilting Retreat in Hendersonville, North Carolina which she coordinates.
Online, she can be found at www.brandonknittingdesigns.com, on Ravelry as varianbrandon, on Instragram as Varian Brandon, and on her YouTube channel, Varian Brandon.