Varian Brandon: Through the years, I have been surrounded by incredibly talented women. Among them, my great grandmother, my grandmother, my mother and a wonderful woman who taught me to knit when I was eight. As the spark of creating grew, I explored classes, read books and tried various techniques with yarn and needles. In spite of this dabbling across the knitting spectrum, I always seem to come back to Fair Isle and Aran designs, due in part to my first trip to Shetland and the Outer Hebrides where I took classes with both Alice Starmore and Kaffe Fassette. Now, after an undergraduate degree in architecture, a graduate degree in communication and several years working in those two disciplines, I am able to put yarn, color and design together full time. My world is filled with colorful yarn and charting software.