Carol Sulcoski

Two of the biggest knitting trends in recent years are knitting socks and knitting with handpainted yarns.  But what does a knitter do when she’s already knit dozens of socks and still has a sizeable stash of sock yarn lying around? And what about the knitter who loves handpainted and other sock yarns, but isn’t that crazy about the admittedly-fiddly process of knitting socks?

These knitters need some sock alternatives: creative, stylish ways to use sock yarns for things other than socks.  Sock Yarn Studio provides a mix of one-skein, two-skein, and multi-skein projects–from hats and mittens to scarves and wraps, even a few bigger projects like sweaters and afghans–all knit in fingering or sportweight sock yarns.

Designer, Carol Sulcoski is a former attorney turned knitting designer and handdyer.  She is the author of Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarns and co-author of Knit So FineHer designs have been published in Vogue Knitting, KnitSimple, St-Denis Magazine, KnitScene, and various other books and magazines, and her technical articles frequently appear in Vogue Knitting.  She is the founder of Black Bunny Fibers, an independent dyeing business known for unique, handpanted yarns and fibers.

Leave a comment on this blog post with the keyword and you will be entered to win a copy of Sock Yarn Studio and yarn from Black Bunny Fibers! To give everyone time to get a chance to listen to  the podcast, a winner will be chosen in about 3 weeks!

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  1. Sally H says:

    Great interview with Carol! Wish I was on the East coast to take one of her classes. I save my sock yarn leftovers to make small knitted toys such as a bunny or bear.

  2. Mary Sarnese says:

    Hi Marly! Loved the show! Great chemistry there! I would LOVE the chance to win Carol’s book and some of her beautiful, bunny yarn!!

  3. Melissa says:

    Great episode as always. I have never tried Black bunny fibers but I would love too. I am sure the yarn is as sort as bunny fur/hair. 

  4. Jan Smith says:

    I enjoyed the interview with Carol — she sounds like she’d be great fun and I’m sure her yarns are cuddly as a bunny. I need to get her book because I have lots of sock yarn. I love sock yarn. But I don’t knit socks. What’s a non-sock knitter to do? Sock Yarn Studio will tell me!

  5. Maryann says:

    Another great episode! I don’t usually knit socks, so I need to pick up a copy of Sock Yarn Studio to see great patterns for beautiful yarns, like Black Bunny Fibers, that I’ve been wanting to try.

  6. Denise says:

    The keyword is “bunny”. just finished listening while picking up 200 sts on a sweater. Great interview!  I like the idea of using sock yarn for a variety  of projects. 

  7. Lynne Wolters says:

    First time listener here. Enjoyed your conversation with Carol very much. I’ll hop on over, like an excited bunny, for your next podcast.

  8. Julie says:

    What a great episode! It got me so excited for Carol’s Sock Knitter’s Seminar, which I will be taking at (my first) Stitches West. I love Carol’s hand-dyed yarns, too. One of my favorite pairs of socks, No-purl Monkeys, are knit out of a beautiful Black Bunny Fibers green called Fairmount Park.

  9. Lori Lynn @ Playing House says:

    I don’t knit, but I’d love to add this book to my collection one day 🙂 I do hope to learn to knit in the future! When I do learn how to knit I’d be one happy bunny!

  10. Holly says:

    Thanks for your continued fine program, Marly.  And thanks particularly for bringing Carol on to share her world of yarn with us.  I’m just about to add her book to my ever growing collection.  Like sock yarn does, knitting books seem to reproduce like bunnies at my house!

  11. Amy says:

    I’m starting to feel confident enough in my fledgling knitting odyssey to take on socks, especially after your great interview with Carol. I will definitely check out Sock Yarn Studio and Black BUNNY yarn!!

  12. Cindy N says:

    I really enjoyed listening to this episode. This is my first time (virtually) meeting Carol and hearing about her journey to knitting superstar which includes hand-dying yarn. I especially like her company name Black Bunny Fibers. So cute – just like her personality!
    Thanks for a great show!

  13. Andie says:

    Love the podcast! This episode was especially interesting…I loved hearing about Black Bunny Yarns, especially Carol’s beginnings in the interesting. Keep up the good work!

  14. Pam says:

    I love listening to your podcast on my drive home, interesting podcast and fun to learn about the black bunny yarns
    can’t wait to check it out!

  15. Priscilla says:

    I love knitting with fine yarns.  I gave my oldest daughter the Knit So Fine book as soon as it came out.  I have seen Carol’s Black Bunny Yarn at Loop in Philadelphia and would love to have even more reasons to purchase some.

  16. Nancy Jo says:

    I haven’t seen Sock Yarn Studio yet; it sounds excellent. I first heard about Carol and Black Bunny Fibers way back when I listened to an early podcast by two friends in Philadelphia. I can’t remember their names now!

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