Knitting supplies along the canal. Up dated 3rd July 2015.


As we can not be in every town and village along the canals all the time on this page you will find details of any independent knitting wool supply shops that we find on our travels.

This is a service to other water borne travellers and anybody else that finds it useful.


Heather, Claire and Carole, Yarnbirds Whaley Bridge. 19.6.15

We where last here in Whaley Bridge with The Wool Boat 5 years ago when there wasn't as far as we know, a yarn shop.

Yarnbirds Whaley Bridge

But now there is, Yarnbirds, owned by Claire. The shop is just up the street from the canal basin, just at the back of Pear tree printers just below the Pear Tree cafe. You need to look out for the sign's on the building to find it, but when we went in Claire was very welcoming, as she sorted out a problem Heather, one of her customers had.

Yarn Birds, Peartree Cottage, 10 Canal Street, Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire, SK23 7LS

Tel 07809 556894

Up date on Market Drayton...

2nd August 2014.

See lower down for the market stall, but there is now a sweing and craft shop on 17 Shropshire Street called The Sewing Box. Run by Maria who carries a limited range of yarn along with haberdashery and Crafting supplies. or phone 07939975573

If you do go in any of these shops having found them here please would you mention you found them on our website, thanks.

The following few shops helped make the 1st Burscough Fibre Festival quite a sucsess! 

Knot Gardens Yarns of 116 Manchester Road Southport, stocks mainly 

                        Bergere de France and Cygnett yarns. 
       Knit Wise of 42 Church Street, Ormskirk, stocking mainly Adrafil and Katia Yarns
      Brownberry Yarns, of Wigan and Norwich
        TheYarn Fairy, of Wesley Street in Southport.


Summer 2011 and we are on a new bit of canal for us, the Staffordshire and Worcestershire.

We have found a couple more shops within easy walking distance of the canal, the first is

Woolwise in Kidderminster, 10 Lower Mill Street, just up the road into the town center from Kidderminster Lock.

and in Stourport on Severn is Severn Stitches, 4 Lomdard Street, which backs onto the canal and is easily accesable from the 5 day moorings between Lidl and the lock down into the Stourport Basins.

Sew-in of Marple, 46 Market Street, Marple, The junction of the Macclesfield and the Peak Forest Canals.

One of three shops in a chain, the other two being in Disbury and Buxton.

A good range of Yarns, the manager being a lady called Penny.

Home Made,  Mill Street, Nantwich, The Shropshire Union 

This shop is next to a small cafe and Beverley run's the cafe, makes and sells lovely cup cakes and also stocks a range of wools. They also have a knit and natter on Wednesday mornings

 phone no is 01270625318

Wools and stuff, Market Drayton the Shropshire Union.

please note we didn't check this out in August 2014, so not sure if it's still there.

A stall on the indoor market in the middle of Market Drayton that we stumbled across this afternoon as we where wandering around the weekly market.

Unfortunatly the stall holder wasn't about so we couldn't have a word with whoever it was to find out more.....

Whitehouse Wool Shop, Penkridge.

Market Street, Penkridge, on the Staff's and Worcestershire Canal.

Run by Barbara Northwood, phone no 01785 715940

Still open in August 2014 as we passed through Penkridge


Carol's Wool and Fabrics

11 Albion Street, just beyond the carpark of Morrisions, a five minute walk from the vistor moorings on the T and M.

Run by Carol Bradley

01889 576551

Togs and Toggles, in Eastwood.

21-21a Nottingham Road, Eastwood, NG16 3AP.

01773 765586

A shop that is easily walkable to from the Great northern basin at Langley Mill at the top of the Erewash Canal. Run by Shaun and Christina Higgins with a extensive range which is all very resonably priced ensuring they have plenty of repeat customers. 


Yarn Gathering in Stone.

Unfortunatly this shop is now closed, when we where  moored in Stone in August 2014. There are now no yarn shops in Stone.

 Jennatte and Carole

This shop was opened by Jeanette in January of 2010 and is just beyond the top of the High street at 2B Radford Street, Stone, Staffordshire ST17 9RA.

Yarn Gathering Stone










The phone no of Yarn Gathering is 01785 330474 and e-mail is


If any other independent retailers would like including on our list please e-mail us.