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knitting and crocheting,” says JD Dobratz. He and his wife moved to Winter Haven from Michigan 12 years ago. “(Laura) had a need for quality yarn and didn’t want to drive far.” With the shop itself, JD and Laura Dobratz have provided a place for creative individuals in the community to gather. “Hopefully people feel like it’s an extension of our living room,” he says. “To me that is almost as important as the yarn — the friendships that form over wool and needles,” Laura Dobratz

says. “Sometimes, because we are in towns without yarn shops, the people who visit the truck have never been in a ‘real’ yarn shop, they have no idea how wonderfully beautiful yarn can be. All they know is the craft store and it’s a big difference.” From 12 years old to 97 years old, the use of yarn for all different projects is growing in popularity. “There are more knitters than golfers in the US,” says Laura Dobratz. “It’s very trendy,” her husband continues. “It’s not your grandma’s knitting.” Four Purls holds knit nights on Tuesdays with nationally known teachers, classes, and special events. The bulk of their clients are retirement age and even a handful of males sometimes try it out. “The The yarn found on the Follow the Fiber yarn truck and in Four Purls Yarn Shop is a higher quality than that sold in big box stores.


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community is growing. More people are utilizing the shop to relax and be creative.” As for the future of the ‘Follow the Fiber’ yarn truck, the Dobratzes say they have plans to eventually upgrade the truck so they can travel farther distances. For more information on Four Purls Yarn Shop and the ‘Follow the Fiber’ truck visit

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