Carol Sulcoski is a former attorney who left the practice of law when her oldest child was born. She learned to knit as a child, and returned to the craft as an adult. Today she juggles several roles in the knitting industry as designer, writer, handdyer and teacher.
Carol’s foray into knit design began when she started modifying patterns as she knit them. She then began creating her own designs. Today, you can find her original designs in print magazines like Vogue Knitting, KnitSimple, Interweave Knits, KnitScene, and Noro Magazine, and books, including Knit Noro & Big Girl Knits. She frequently designs for yarn companies like Koigu, Universal Yarns and St-Denis Yarns. In 2009, she began her own pattern line, Black Bunny Fibers, available on Ravelry and Patternfish. She is particularly interested in designing with fine-gauge yarns (including sock yarns) and handdyed yarns.
Carol’s first book, Knit So Fine, was published by Interweave Press in 2008; she and her co-authors presented a collection of sweaters and accessories knit in fine-gauge yarns. Her second book, Knitting Socks With Handpainted Yarns (Interweave Press 2009), focused on the unique challenges presented by handdyed yarns, along with a curated selection of sock patterns especially designed for tricky handpaints. Her third book, Sock Yarn Studio, was just released by Lark Crafts in fall 2012, and features a curated selection of patterns using sock yarn — for items other than socks. All three books were praised for their introductory chapters as well as their designs, giving knitters tips and techniques to help the knitter succeed.
Occasional experiments in Kool-Aid dyeing led to Carol’s fascination with handdyed yarns and fibers. She now creates unique handdyed yarns and fibers as Black Bunny Fibers. Unlike most other dyers, Carol does not have set colorways, but prefers instead to dye in small batches to ensure top quality and truly one-of-a-kind color combinations. You can find her yarns and fibers on her ArtFire Studio. Because Carol dyes all her products herself, in very small batches, she is not able to wholesale yarns on a traditional basis. Her yarns and fibers can be found at Loop, Philadelphia.
Carol lives outside Philadelphia with her husband, their three children and a pet bunny rabbit, Charcoal — the real-life bunny in Black Bunny Fibers.