By Kim Sypulski
I am “making a difference with every stitch!” As a recent Purdue University graduate I am one of three owners of a new knitwear company, Three Purls Knitwear (www.three-purls.com), specializing in unique pink ribbon (breast cancer awareness) sweaters and scarves, as well as Greek letter sorority apparel.
So how did I become involved in knitwear when I am just learning to knit? Let's back up twenty years: Darla Schild, one of my business partners, was at Purdue University studying Advertising and Public Relations (I was just two years old by the way!) Darla's mom, Arlene Snell, hand knit a very unique sweater with Darla's sorority letters in the sweater. Everyone loved it, and Arlene always kept the idea in the back of her mind and wanted to, one day, begin a company based on this sweater. That day finally came twenty years later!
After studying in Florence, Italy, I came back to the United States and completed her internship at K. Amato, where Kristen Amato taught me about owning her own business and also introduced me to the Chicago Fashion Foundation.