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 15th of October 2019.  The Wool Boat crew are back off holiday and the boat will be open on Friday the 18th and Sunday the 20th of October.

In the mean time we have added the new WYS Christmas yarn to our web shop. 

A newly completed top that Carole can re-create as a commissioned garment

  We're were in the Guardian.

  The Wool Boat is now heading back north.     

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. 

The Wool Boat will be open on Friday the 18th and Sunday the 20th of October near the Broken Cross Pub in Rudheath near Northwich.  

Emma Maye open in Rudheath October Poster


The new yarn is this years Christmas sock yarn from West Yorkshire Spinners. "Robin" which is now available from our web shop 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've just added this lovely blanket to our on line shop.

Garment 427

   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

10 years ago on the 19th of June 2009 we went to J C Brett's and bought the first yarn to sell from our narrow boat, at the time "Patty Ann" and last week on the 19th June 2019 we went back and bought some more...a lot more! 

    Yarn in the back of the truck 19.6.19

    This started a great adventure that was to change our lives!

                         The bargain bucket on The Wool Boat 8.6.19

 Bargain Bucket 8.6.19

All £2.00 per ball.

What's in there this week ? A selection of some shades of Twinkle dk, A ball of Top Value Tweed, some Legacy, and a few balls of Woolyknit Classics and Colour splash, all good yarns, but end of lines or discontinued lines, and some hand knitted small garments. Once it's gone it's gone

Sorry Teds mates rates don't apply to the Bargain Bucket

Pick up from the boat only.


        The new 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.



Esty Banner

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


                         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

   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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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

       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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