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 24th May 2019.  This weeks bargain bucket.  Travel plan for this week. Up date on the temperature blanket tales, The Wool Boat on tour day 14. The Wool Boat is heading south.  New V neck "Scarborough" style gansey added to our web shop. Winwick mum sock yarn now in stock. 

Two more pictures added to the canals gallery, A new scarf added to the shop and a special offer on WYS Wensleydale gems, 3 skeins for £24. 

2nd temperature blanket up date for this year added to the temperature blanket page.  

A update added to the Sock tales yarn and a new image added to the canals gallery.  

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 :-)

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.    

We next plan to be open in Wheelock near Sandbach on Sunday the 26th and Bank Holiday Monday the 27th of May.

 Bargain Bucket 24.5.19Wheelock May 2019

The bargain bucket on The Wool Boat 24.5.19

All £2.00 per ball.

What's in there now then? A ball of Top Value Tweed, lot's of Legacy, a ball of Harmony, and quite 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.


  Carole has started a pair of socks from one of the West Yorkshire Spinners "Winwick Mum" designed sock yarn, this one being "Wild Flower"  

         Sock knitting from WYS Wildflower

        The new Winwick Mum West Yorkshire Spinners sock yarn is now in stock.

                                 Winwick sock yarn flyer 

     And is available when we are open ……. 


      A gem of a offer from us on West Yorkshire Spinners "Wensleydale Gems" 3 skeins for £24, mix and match shades, pick up from the boat or free delivery in the UK.

   E mail to colinandcarolescreations@yahoo.co.uk or ring us on 07931 356204 with your requirements and to check stock levels. Shades in stock are shown in our webshop                                              and a list of shades is here


    WYS gems x3 flyer


          We had a great evening at last Wednesday "Winwick Mum Party night" organised by "Lazy Kate" and we are now in a position to take pre orders for the soon to be available new sock yarns designed by the Christine the Winwick mum.

 Carole and the Winwick mum

      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.



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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.  

    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

      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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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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