emma maye
Welcome to Colin and Carole's Creations website, the online mooring of The Wool boat "Emma Maye" , based in Burscough on The Leeds and Liverpool canal. The unique floating shop for exclusive and commissioned hand knitted garments, photo art, wool, yarns and knitting supplies. 

Last up date 14th of February 2018, The Wool Boat crew are not well. 

A special offer 50% off Wooly Knits yarn. A new mate for Brindley, plan for this week and Beer bottle tops added to the photo art gallery

The temperature blanket for 2017 is complete!  

J C Bretts Woodlander no longer being produced, but we are taking West Yorkshire Spinners "Aire Valley" DK aboard.

Carole has a new project, a Temperature blanket for 2017 update with October pic in place.

How much does it cost to own and use a narrow boat on the English and Welsh canals? see Capt Cols blog from 31.12.16. 

Read Capt col's blog  up dated 14.10.17 4 counties ring 2017 up to Day 103, the last day.

PLEASE RING 07931 356204 to find out where we are, and when we are open. 

Ocean blue gansey       Big skys over burscough Cw 1500    5 Berets  

    Boatman's Gansey        Photo Art         Exclusive Hand  Knitted Garments     Wool        

             Click on one of the images to take you to the page you are interested in.     

Please note that because we are on the canal, and thus can't always be confident of a mobile phone connection we can't take card payments....cash or cheques are great  


The Plan for this week, 12th February to 18th of February 2018.

There was one, and it’s not changed much from last week.

We’re feeling a bit better but still can’t shake off these colds, so for the time being it’s a case of watch this space, sorry.

Carole and Colin



     Now available through our webshop, pack of 10 Wooly Knits countryside

                             tweed for £33 plus p and p, normally £65.  

     Wooly knits sale

                         #buyitoffaboat #wool #yarn #buyitfromawoolshop


        New Adults "Stonewash" Hat now available

                                              from our shop   

Esty Banner 

Carole now has a Etsy shop here

                            and we've called it "Colour by Carole"

               as at times we feel there isn't quite enough colour in the world.  

Happy Christmas from Carole and Capt Col.

#buyitoffaboat #wool #yarn #buyitfromawoolshop

The Wool Boats winter opening regime 2017-18.

This winter we will aim to be open at least a couple of days a week somewhere on the Leeds and Liverpool canal in West Lancashire.

We have learnt over the years that if the weather is inclement then you probably won't want to be coming down to the canal and we won't want to be moving about in the wind and rain, or the ice...

So we will be open 10-3 on the days we advertise IF it's ok for us to move and the weather looks set fair for towpath walking.

If you are making a special trip please give us a ring to make sure we are open, and of course we can always arrange a personal appointment to suit you and us if you can't make it to our planned opening place.

Colin and Carole The Wool Boat Nov 2017.  


New Yarn aboard  

Harmony DK Yarn 

J C Bretts Harmony DK yarn.

This yarn is 78% Premium acrylic and 22% Cotton yarn in a double knitting weight.

Each ball, of which there are six shades weighs 100gram and has 260 Meters or 284 yards in the ball.

This yarn knits to most DK patterns and we have 6 patterns that have been especially written for the yarn.

Each ball is £4.20, or £3.80 for Teds mates rate's J.

Image Cw 5053 copyright Colin Wareing of Colin and Carole's Creations


Brindley with northern lights

The Wool boats mascot "Brindley" has some new yarn for you.

J C Bretts Northern lights, "one ball-one shawl"

This yarn is 95% Premium acrylic and 5% Viscose yarn in a double knitting weight.

Each ball, of which there are five shades in the range, weighs 150gram and has 450 Meters or 492 yards in the ball.

On the ball band is a pattern for a adult sized shawl, which can be knitted from a ball.

Each ball is £6, or £5.40 for Teds mates rate's J.

#buyitoffaboat #wool #yarn #buyitfromawoolshop                   

Carole's latest hat

Merino Hat
                  Knitted from Merino wool, can now be ordered for £15.

                                            Other Colours available. 

        Picture taken as we travelled along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal through the  

                  Douglas valley back to our winter mooring near Burscough 

                    J C Bretts Party Time Chunky of which we have 8 shades available,

                                               at £3.50 a 100gram ball.

              Party time chunky

 See progress on Carole's Temperature blanket  for 2017. 


Don't worry if you do decide to purchase any of our lovely yarns it won't add to your stash….it's only a souvenir of a visit to the worlds only floating yarn and wool shop:-)

On the 17th of September 2016 a chap, Bryan Lomax asked if he could make a short

   video about Carole and us, and the results is a U tube video "The Knitter"


The Kniiter a short video featuring Carole


We have recently updated our Wool and Yarns Page to include "Teds Mates Rates

       Remember if you bring your teddy to meet our Brindley Bear

              you'll get Brindley's mate's rate's on your yarn bill.


   Have you thought about a  personal appointment?

           On a few occasions  we have arranged a "Personal Appointment".

We arrange a day and time for you to visit "Emma Maye" the worlds only floating yarn shop, and so you can have a relaxing hour picking out patterns and yarn's with assistance from Carole the knitter, and we'll even give you a brew.

Please feel free to ring us on 07931 356204, e-mail us, message us, what ever and we'll look forwards to welcoming you on board  

                                   Capt Col is now on Twitter   

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  The Burscough Fibre Festival's archive details here 

About six  years ago we started The Wool Boats knit and natter group in The Slipway, and since then there has been a meeting nearly every Thursday since, around the Burscough area, at the moment in The Farmers Arm's on New Lane. The meeting still goes on even if we're not there, so feel free to join them from 1pm.

    We are now members of The Roving Canal Traders Association as we rove the canals

Shop opening times and Cruising plan here.

   For service outside shop opening hours please feel free to ring us or e-mail us.  

  Carole is now providing knitting classes in a unique enviroment, on board Emma Maye, full details here

 Our main yarn supplier, J.C. Bretts have their own web site, here

 This details all the yarns they produce and whilst we carry good stocks of alot of their range what we havn't got in stock we can order in for you, and remember that we will not demand that you take all of the pack that our supplies are delivered in, if you just need one ball thats all you'll need to complete your projects.  

  If you would like to be put on our weekly text messaging service please let us know by texting us on our contact number.              

         As always if your making a special trip give us a bell to make sure where we are.

                                             07931 356204 

             Click on the logo's below to go to our groups/pages on social media

  If you cant visit us this weekend, why not try searching on

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