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 10th of January 2019.  The Wool Boat is open this afternoon before we have a few days off.   

Happy New Year from us on The Wool Boat see you in 2019.

Temperature Blanket tales up dated to include this years completed one.

We've just completed a project to supply materials for knitting kits for Travel South Yorkshire, see our latest news page and the pattern is now available from our web shop.

A new customers creation added to the Customers Creations page.  

Weaving kits now available from our web shop.  

    A new page introduced to our website....Capt Col has started weaving with one of the kits we can supply which are now available from our webshop...a bit of product knowledge :-)

WYS Christmas sock yarn now aboard and the weather forecast is for cooler weather so time to think about a new scarf and hat?  

The temperature blanket tales page has been updated with the end of month eleven months pic and some exciting news. 

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    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.

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


    The Wool Boat is open today outside the Slipway on Crabtree Lane near Burscough open 1-3.  

We are then having a couple of weeks off and will be open again in the week starting the 21st. 

                         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.  

    Sue Webster, one of our lovely customers has kindly knitted up some samples from a couple of the shades....

   Funny feetz yarn and samples

  And the answer is.....89! shades of sock yarn available today. 


            Just added to our on line shop, a adults hat knitted from "Fairground"

 Fairground hat from G8

  This years West Yorkshire Spinners Christmas sock yarn, "Fairy Lights" is now available aboard The Wool Boat.   

 WYS Fairy Lights poster 2018

   This years yarn is called "Fairy Lights" and is a limited edition yarn. Winwick Mum, Christine Perry has created a new pattern to go with the yarn and a free copy comes with each purchase of the "Fairy Lights" yarn. 

  It is recommended that a 2.5mm circular needle is used to knit the socks and we have Knit-Pro ones in stock as well.  

      New babies cardigan and hat set added to our shop.  

      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 new 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.


Tranquil hat

We can now take card payments, machine arrived yesterday, so you may have to be patient while we get used to it!            

       The only Wool Shop in West Lancashire?

    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

   We have some new shades of Opal sock yarn aboard now, about 35 shades available, at £8 per 100gram ball picture here  

     Opal drawers June 2018


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           West Yorkshire Spinners 4 ply sock yarn 

WYS pink Basket 11.3.18      

West Yorkshire spinner's signature 4 ply, ideal for sock knitting pink basket on The Wool Boat 11.3.18

The shade's are 529, Cherry Drop, 547 is called Candyfloss, 510 Cayenne Pepper

845 Pink Flamingo, 989 Candy Cane, and 545 Sarsaparilla, and we have a further 24 shades available.

The yarn is 75% Wool of which 35% is Bluefaced Leicester and 25% Nylon, so ideal for sock knitting.

100gram balls

400m/437 yards

3.25mm needles

Tension 10cm/4inch square 36 rows by 28 sts

Cost at 2.3.17 £7.25 per 100 gram ball.   

                         #buyitoffaboat #wool #yarn #buyitfromawoolshop 

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 October 2018.  


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                   

                    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 2018. 


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.   

 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 

             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

"Where Can we Go" here for something else that may be of interest?

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