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 22nd of September 2017,  working up the Shroppie to Norbury jct today, plan to be open 1-4 once we get there.  Capt Cols blog up dated to day 82 of the Four Counties ring.

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 August 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 21.9.17 4 counties ring 2017 up to Day 81 up the Shroppie

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

Ocean blue gansey       Big skys over burscough Cw 1500               Bright gloves and hat    

    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 

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.

             The Wool Boat is planning to get to Norbury 

                   Junction today and be open from 1-4.

Shroppie poster Sept 2017

We are planning to be open at #Norbury Junction this afternoon from 1-4 

Then plan to be open on Saturday and Sunday the 23th and 24th of September from 10-4ish.

If you would like to come for a personal appointment during the week just get in touch and we'll arrange a time and place.

#buyitoffaboat #wool #yarn #buyitfromawoolshop

Ganseys garment no 311 and 309


   New into stock, Knit Pro "Zing" needles, see below

And we still have a special offer on 3 shades of James C Bretts Magiknit

double knitting weight yarn.

They are normally £3.20 a ball but are now £2.20.       

     Any questions about what we stock or can do for you please feel free to ring us on 07931 356204       


Brindley and big buttons


Brindley and big buttons 23.8.17

We've got a new supply of big plastic buttons as displayed by our mascot Brindley.

They are approximately 34mm in diameter, 4 holes and a range of bright colours.

They sell for 20p each or £5.50 for a jar of 30 in mixed colours.


Knit pro needles August 2017


We have extended our range of "Knit Pro" notions, with some new additions to our range of "Zing" needles.

We now have in stock straight needles in the sizes of

3.25 mm x 35 cm @ £3.60 a pair

4.00 mm x 35 cm @ £4.00 a pair

5.50mm x 35 cm @ £5.30 a pair

And 6.50mm x 35cm @£5.80 a pair.

The circular ones we have available at present are

2.50mm diameter x 150cm long @£5.00 each

3.00mm diameter x 80cm long @£5.50 each

4.00mm diameter x 80cm long @£5.80 each

5.50mm diameter x 80cm long @£6.00 each

And 6.00mm diameter x 80cm long @£6.00 each.

we do of course carry on carrying a comprehensive range of normal needles etc but Carole highly recommends these "Zing" needles as the knitting flows very smoothly from needle to needle.


   Carole has last week finished off a garment that she started back in January, and is keeping this one as it's so colourful and comfy, but she can reproduce it if you would like one...

Party time sleevless jacket

 It was knitted from J C Bretts Party Time Chunky of which we have 8 shades available, at £3.50 a 100gram ball.

              Party time chunky 

                                          The Stowaway Snake

The Snake


We have another stowaway on The Wool Boat. The Snake.

The snake was crocheted by Lorraine from Alsager and for a while was making its way up one of her drain pipes. It has now slithered aboard The Wool Boat and made its self at home wrapped around the seat back and a handrail.

The question now of course is what should we call it?

For folks of a certain vintage he doesn't hiss and has now't to do with the gas board J

Carole's own pattern she has designed for a basic scarf is now available from the Wool Boat for £1 or free if you buy the yarn to create it from. We have also made it available in our online shop for the same price.


Fairground scarf

 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   

 Face book buttonRavelry logo


  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 

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