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 21st of August 2017,  The plan for this week... Capt Cols blog up dated and more work published.

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 July 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 19.8.17 4 counties ring 2017 Day 44 in Stone

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 

               The Wool Boat is on the move today.


The Plan for this week 21st to 27th August 2017.

Again a simple plan for this week while still in #Staffordshire.

Turn around at #Rugeley, then back to #Great #Haywood to be open over the bank holiday weekend.

We plan to be open in somewhere near Shugborough Hall on Saturday the 26th, Sunday the 27th and the Bank holiday Monday the 28th of August from 10-4ish.

We will advise where we have moored once we get to #Great Haywood.

If you want 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 #GreatHaywood #Staffordshire #LYS #woolbywater

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

   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

We have just taken on a new delivery of West Yorkshire Spinners Aire Valley DK yarn, in 3 shades of Cream, Navy and Denim. These are the main colours Carole offers for her bespoke Ganseys though of course are on sale at £5 per 100 gram ball.

Carole is starting a new project with some of it,

The project is to create a modern boatman's gansey.

The garment has been designed by Carole herself in the style of a fisherman's gansey, but based on the ganseys that were worn by some of the boat men of the inland waterways of the U K, the canals and inland rivers.

Traditionally these sorts of garments would have been knitted on a number of needles in the round to form a seamless gansey. Carole has designed hers for ease of knitting and is knitted as a four piece garment, front, back and two sleeves and then sewn together.

Carole keeps track of how the knitting is progressing by making notes in the A4 sized notebook.

The yarn for this garment is from West Yorkshire Spinners from their Aire valley or DK essentials range and is a blue shade called "Denim". Carole is anticipating using about 800 to 900 grams as the garment is quite a big one to fit a gentleman in Australia.

This yarn is 75% Wool and 25% Nylon.

Carole has selected two pairs of knitting needles or pins for this garment from the "Knit Pro" "Zing" range which are 35cm long and diameters or sizes 3.25mm and 4mm.

Materials for garment 311



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.

 See progress on Carole's Temperature blanket  for 2017. 

                       A new hat added to our on line shop, on 28.6.17 

                     also available direct from the Wool Boat of course 

                           Rio hat


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.             

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 

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