Knitting & Quilting Retreat

Master knitting and quilting techniques on a weekend escape


January 13-16, 2022

About the Retreat

Knitters and quilters can choose a project to work on during this three-day retreat. Projects will be offered for beginning to advanced knitters and beginning to intermediate quilters. You are also welcome to bring your own project to work on. In addition to daily classes, there will be get-togethers by the fire, time for hiking to scenic mountain overlooks, and visiting area yarn and quilting shops.



Includes accommodations, meals, and program

Adult Double
$685 (shared room)

Adult Single
$835 (private room)

$495 (meals and program only)

Non-participating Guest – Double
$450 (meals and accommodations only)

How to Register Commuters: Select the commuter option during the room selection section of online registration.

How to Register Non-participating Guests: After the primary program participant has registered, contact reservations to add guest: (828) 692-9220, Non-participating guests are staying with a registered retreat attendee and require meals and lodging only.

How to — Extend Dates of Stay: After completing conference registration, contact reservations: (828) 692-9220,

Cancellation Policy: Written notice of cancellation must be delivered to Kanuga and may be made by electronic transmission. Cancellations prior to 14 days out: Kanuga will issue a refund in the amount paid minus a $250 administration fee. Cancellation within 14 days of the event: no refunds.


How to Register Full Program with Meals and Accommodations:
A Three-step Process

ONE: Before clicking Register Now, read this important information carefully.

  • Participants must be registered one at a time.
  • For shared rooms, after adding the first Double Rate room to your cart, click ‘Add more rooms’ at the top of the page and add a second Double Rate ‘room’ to your reservation, and return to checkout.
  • Under Additional Comments, please add the name of the person in each ‘room’ and let us know if you have any food allergies and/or if you have a preferred roommate (if you are double occupancy, but not registering together).
  • Fill out the Guest Information and Payment Method. Payment in full is required at time of registration.

TWO: Click REGISTER NOW to book online.

  • Choose DATES OF STAY, select CHECK-IN January 13 and CHECK-OUT January 16.
  • Rate types by nightly rate will be displayed. Select desired rate/room type. The full three-night fee will be displayed.

THREE: Sign up for classes. Once registered, contact Conference Coordinator Varian Brandon,, with the name of the class you wish to take.


Conference Staff

Varian Brandon, Conference Coordinator and Instructor, started knitting at age eight. A trip to the islands of Great Britain rekindled her love of color and created an interest in the traditions of Fair Isle design and construction. She is currently designing stranded colorwork patterns for several yarn companies, as well as her own website. Additionally, her designs have been published in several national and international magazines including *Yanrwise*, *PLY* and *Interweave Knits*. Currently living in Saluda, North Carolina, Varian has been teaching stranded colorwork and related knitting techniques, both virtually and in person, at national and regional fiber festivals and retreats, in local yarn shops, and for the past 15 years at the Kanuga Knitting and Quilting Retreat. Online, she can be found at, on Ravelry at varianbrandon, and on her YouTube channel, Varian Brandon.

The Reverend Jennifer Deaton, Retreat Chaplain, serves as Rector at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Indianola, Mississippi, and Vicar at St. John’s Episcopal Church in nearby Leland. She has been chaplain for a variety of guest periods and conferences at Kanuga, where she met her husband, the Reverend Charlie Deaton. She returns for her 12th year as chaplain at KKQ. Jennifer started knitting 20 years ago (and for a brief, ill-fated stint when she was six), and learned to quilt with the help of the quilters at KKQ.

Jolie Elder, Knitting Instructor, has explored a wide range of needle arts after learning to cross stitch at age four She designs, teaches, spins, and stunt knits in the Atlanta area where she demystifies the obscure. She has served on the boards of Atlanta Knitting Guild, North Georgia Knitting Guild, Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance, and Center for Knit and Crochet. She has been published in *PLY*, *Spin-Off*, and *Cast On*. Her cleverest invention is a method for working stockinette-based laces reversibly. You may view her experiments at and YouTube channel Jolie knits. Her most recent video post is about how to work double-knitting only manipulating one color at a time, rather than both colors (how it is usually taught).

Meg Evatt, Knitting Instructor, started knitting at age 17. She checked a book out of the library and taught herself through trial and error. After retiring, she studied and honed those knitting skills. Meg began teaching knitting classes in the Upstate area to help other knitters learn new techniques and perfect their skills. Meg expanded her fiber skills to include dry needle felting and teaches needle felting for those who wish to expand their fiber skills.

Carolyn Rotola, Quilting Instructor, is from California and has arrived in Camden, SC to retire by way of Nevada, Utah and Ohio. She started quilting in 1991 as a hobby and started taking classes from nationally known quilters, as well as, making quilts together with her husband in 2001. They then started entering quilts in the local quilt shows, winning ribbons, and started CaTs Quilting to create custom quilts, long arm quilting services and teach. Carolyn has been teaching classes for 15+ years at local quilt shops and quilt guilds in Nevada, Utah, Ohio, North and South Carolina. For the last 9 years, she has been teaching classes using the Deb Tucker tools and patterns, and became a Certified Instructor with Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design in 2016. She is published in the 100 Quilt Blocks magazine and has several of her own creations. In 2017, she was selected as part of the faculty for the Studio 180 Academy in Hamilton, NY. As a Certified Instructor with Deb Tucker, Carolyn tests new patterns and techniques for Studio 180 Design and other Certified Instructors with Deb Tucker before they are released to the public. Her goal is to inspire people to create beautiful quilts by giving them the tools and knowledge; but most importantly, to have fun making their masterpieces. 

Heather Stora, Knitting Instructor, is a TKGA-certified Master Knitter, Tech Editor and Knitting Instructor. She is the VP of Education on the board of directors of TKGA, and the editor of TKGA’s K2TOG newsletter. Heather has been teaching knitting for over 15 years, and teaches up and down the east coast as well as nationally (and online!) Heather resides in the Charlotte, NC area and can be found online at