emma maye
Welcome to Colin and Carole's Creations website, the online mooring of The Wool Boat (established 2009) "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 3rd April 2020. Fridays up date from us of The Wool Boat.

A new scarf into stock.

Updated Wool and Yarn price list 23.2.2020 

New Fusion scarf added to our web shop.  

New shades of Opal sock yarn in stock, details on the Wool and yarns page and new Bretts Funny Feetz sock yarn with Bamboo, 6 shades aboard.

New curtains fitted on the boat, have a look at them on "The Boat" page. 

  A new unique "Square" jumper added to our on line shop. 

Our privacy policy is on the contact page 

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

Ocean blue gansey       Big skys over burscough Cw 1500    Hat, garment 435      Landscape yarn

  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  

Morning all, from the Wool Boat crew update Friday 3.4.2020

Yesterday's big event was the first virtual knit and natter for the regulars who normally go to the pub on Thursday afternoon.

We used the Zoom app, after a few techiy difficulties when some people had video with no sound, some sound and no video, some could only see themselves, and some could only see "Colin's lorries". But by about 2.45 every one had got sorted, after supporting instructions from and to each other.

Every one seemed to enjoy the couple of hours, and we'll have another go next week, when we'll have forgotten how we got it to work and will have to go through it all again. Think we'll try a screen shot next week J.

We had our first order for a local delivery of the yarn for the "Rainbow of Hope /Unity" crochet project. Col has got it together and will walk round with it later today on his exercise walk.

Picked up the local papers from the Spar...loads of toilet rolls in there now.

We along with lots of other folk clapped last night.

Carole and Capt Col 


Raindow top value yarn

Carole and Capt Col on the Wool Boat.

   All our updates are being archived on Capt Col's Blog if you want to catch up with past ones. 

The Wool Boat does Home deliveries

   Could we be the Best Local Independent Yarn Store? 


Knitting awards apeal 2020


We want your nomination! We have decided to enter this years British Knitting and Crochet awards and it would be great if you would take a minute or two to nominate us in the "Best Local Independent Yarn Store" for the north category, and you could win a bundle of yarn.  

     World book day today #worldbookday so we got together examples of the books we stock, 

It's World book day and there is a good selection of pattern books, both knitting and crochet available on The Wool Boat.

Titles from Jenny Watson, West Yorkshire Spinners, The Winwick Mum, Pottage publishing.

Garments covered range from babies' sizes to adults Aran's and Fair Isle knitting.


World book day 2020


   We have a new crew member, Bob the Bust :-) meet him on our news page  

    Carole has recently completed this shawl, knitted from "Landscape" of which we have 6 shades in stock at £3 a ball. 

                            Landscape shawl 

                             Landscape yarn


 We have now in stock the new six shades of Funny Feetz with Bamboo sock yarn

                           from James C Brett. Details here      

                 Funny Feet with Bamboo 


J C Brett's have launched a new additional range of Funny Feetz 4 ply sock yarn. 

These new six shades have 25% bamboo within the mix of super wash wool and polyamide which makes it lovely and soft, but it's still durable enough foe sock knitting

There are 6 shades all available from The Wool Boat.

Price is £6.50 a ball.


We had hoped that Carole would have been on the telly again today on a repeat on the Yesterday channel of Sir Tony Robinson's history walk from Liverpool to Wigan from a few years ago. But they cut out her out! She's not happy.

BUT...it is available on U Tube here  Carole is on at about 28 minutes in. 

We have had a delivery of 29 new shades of Opal 4 ply sock yarn which is now for sale from The Wool Boat. There are 2 balls of some shades, and only one of others.

There is a list of all the shades on the Wool and yarns page here

This a German yarn ideal for knitting socks with, though good for other 4 ply projects as well.

£8.00 per 100 gram ball, we can post it out with the postage for between 1 and 3 balls being £3 to a uk address, but buy 4 and we'll send it out post free.

New shades of Opal on the Wool Boat 15.1.2020
       A New "Square" V neck jumper added to our on line shop.


Square Jumper


Esty Banner

Colour by Carole is Carole's Etsy's Shop here


New hats and headbands added to our on line shop, or try and buy on the Wool Boat.

                 Head band from Harmony garment 431    Striped hat Garment 435

     Crochet any one? 


Crochet kit 2.11.19

We've put a kit together for a Summer days cardigan, to be crochet from all items in stock on the Wool Boat.

The pattern comes from West Yorkshire Spinners, the yarn, which is DK weight is from James C Brett top value acrylic range and the hooks are from Knit Pro.

This pattern includes some Tunisian crochet hence the inclusion of the 6mm Tunisian crochet hook.

The pattern calls for 4 100g balls of the white, 4 100g balls of what we call "Everton Blue" and 2 100g balls of Maroon, so 10 balls in all. PLEASE NOTE WE HAVE NOT TESTED THIS PATTERN WITH THE YARN WE HAVE IN STOCK.

So, pattern, 10 balls of yarn and 2 hooks for £26.20. Price at 2.11.19.

All items available separately.

     Carole has just finished this V neck jumper which we have added to our on line shop, will it be there for long? maybe not.


V neck fairground jumper


  Up dated OPAL basket on the Wool Boat, these yarn's are changing on a regular basis so please come and see what we have, £8 a 100gram ball


Opal basket October 2019


  We've got new stock aboard, a new range of dk yarn, James C Brett's "Landscape" and a collection of crochet patterns from West Yorkshire Spinners...

Landscape yarn

A double knitting weight yarn in a range of flecked colours, of which we have 6 shades or colour ways in stock. The yarn is 85% premium acrylic and 15% wool.

These are shades LS01, in blue and grey, LS04 in fawn and grey, LS05 in maroon and grey, LS06 in grey and lilac, LS07 in grey and dark blue and LS08 in shades of pink. We also have a series of patterns to go with this yarn.

Knits to most Double knitting patterns

100 gram balls 260 meters 284 yards per ball.

Needles 4mm

Tension 28 rows by 22 stitches will produce a 10cm by 10cm square.

Carole says, "I've just started to knit with this yarn into a jumper, and it's knitting up nicely.

£3.00 per 100gram ball.


The new yarn is this years Christmas sock yarn from West Yorkshire Spinners. "Robin" which is now back in stock and comes complete with a sock pattern in the form of a Christmas card. £7.25 a ball. 

WYS Robin sock yarn WYS Robin socks

     If you want to avoid knitting the socks we also have ready knitted ones in shoe sizes 6-8 and 7-11 available again from our web shop for £13.50 a pair.  

WYS gems poster


        All nine shades of J C Brett's "Northern Lights" available from the Wool Boat,  


Northern Lights yarn 15.8.19

               1 ball, of 150 grams, is enough to create a shawl 18 x 36 inches with the pattern being on the inside of the ball band. £6 a ball 


                               New shades of "Party Time Chunky" in stock. 
New party time Chunky 9.8.19

                                      100 gram ball's £3.50 each   

   We have been included in a article in The Guardian newspaper along with lots of other roving canal traders we know. A big thank you to every one who voted for us. the article is here    

We now have a selection of Tea Cosies available from the Wool Boat or our web shop.

        Large t cosy garment 415Small t cosy garment 417


        The Winwick Mum West Yorkshire Spinners sock yarn is now in stock.

                                 Winwick sock yarn flyer 

     And is available when we are open …….

Two new crochet books, Crochet Unravelled and Adaptable Crochet now available from The Wool Boat or through our webshop. 


Just finished, and I'm keeping this one for myself, Carole,

though I could recreate it as a commissioned garment.

                                Garment 378 Tranquil sleeveless hooded jacket

An adult's sleeveless hooded jacket knitted from J C Brett's "Tranquil" yarn.

The shade is number TQ07 which has shades of cream, lilac and light turquoise.

The yarn is wool and acrylic mix and we have all 6 shades available on The Wool Boat.


                         Extended range of Aztec Aran aboard.

    Aztec Aran 12.18

                                    Lovely and soft, £3.25 100 gram ball. 

    New range of sock yarn aboard and for sale, James C 

       Brett's Funny Feetz, 4ply 75% Wool 25% Nylon

                                       Funny feet sock yarn

                                                      £6 100gram.  

      Do you or have you considered using "Knit Pro" needles? we carry a small range of straight and circular needles, and we can order in what you would like at very competitive prices.  

  The Wool Boat has a range of chunky yarn aboard, J C Bretts "Tranquil" at £3.75 per 100 gram and we have the patterns to support your creating. Details here.

 Tranquil yarn

     Carole has knitted a adults hat from shade no TQ03 and says the yarn is nice and soft easy to knit with and knits up quickly.

    The hat is now available from our web shop.


       The only Wool Shop in on the canals that welcomes people aboard to buy their wool and yarn?

    Open regularly on the canal, providing it's not blowing a gale when it's not safe to move the boat, or we are caught in the ice!               

             Two new child's tops added to our shop  

Garment 347               Childs Sleevless jumper garment 346 

buyitoffaboat #wool #yarn #knitting #crochet #buyitfromawoolshop #Lancashire #LYS   

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 August 2019.   

                    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 2019. 


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 


   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.   

 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.              

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

                                             07931 356204 

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