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 March 2018, The Wool Boat is planning to be open at Burscough Wharf on Friday....Would you like a unique scarf that is a record of items you have owned?

Please check back soon for The Wool Boat's next opening place and time. 

Temperature blanket page updated to end of Feb 2018. 

A special offer 50% off Wooly Knits yarn. 

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

Carole is working on her second, Temperature blanket this one for 2018. update with February pic and details posted on the Temperature tales page 28.2.18.

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.

 We are planning to be open outside Burscough Wharf on Friday from 10-4 ish...

    But it may be a bit windy for comfortable boating so we may be staying outside the Slipway and open here instead, please check back before setting out to find us :-) 


Emma Maye outside the Slipway 22.3.18



Emma Maye moored outside The Slipway 22.3.18

The narrow boat Emma Maye aka "The Wool Boat" moored outside The Slipway 22.3.18

 We are may be back off to Burscough Wharf to be open on Friday the 23rd and Sunday the 25th of March from 10-4ish

The Slipway is on Crabtree Lane near Burscough L40 0RN and is great for food and a drink.

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

                              A life in motorbikes scarf 

             Life in motorbikes scarf

Carole was contacted by a chap from Wigan who over the years has owned a number of motorbikes. He wondered if Carole would be able to create him a scarf with blocks of colour representing each of the motorbikes. He had start with a Honda C90 which was red and his current bike is grey, with another eight in between, with significant initials on the white end piece.

Carole has knitted the scarf from an acrylic yarn and the finished scarf was about 7inch wide and 7 feet long and the chap was made up with it.

Having thought about this a bit the idea could be expanded to perhaps represent your life in cars, lorries, scooters, houses, boats, holidays, favourite T V programme, thinking Blue Peter here, or anything that you have had a few of and can be represented by a colour.

If you have a idea of what you think would make a good colourful scarf please get in touch via colinandcarolescreations@yahoo.co.uk or give us a ring on 07931 356204 and Carole will discuss the possibility and give you a price which will depend on length and the amount of colours to be used.

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.


     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.  

#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 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 

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  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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