We are joining in with "Yarn Shop Day" again this year and will be on our "own patch" at Burscough Wharf on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal for the day the 6th May 2017 and the following day, Sunday the 7th. 

page updated 5th May

The countdown has started to Yarn Shop day 2017.
Yarn shop day poster 2017

        Yarn shop day weekend 2017 on The Wool Boat 

            Was Saturday and Sunday the 6th and 7th of May

Wives and Husbands on Yarn shop day 2017

             Two of our customers talking yarn while the husbands are sat chatting on the back deck. 

   We added more and more information as we got nearer to the weekend...

   New Range of yarn aboard for the weekend, J C Bretts "Stonewash" 

J C bretts Stonewash May 2017 

J C Bretts Stonewash double knitting weight yarn available from The Wool Boat.

We now have all six different shades of this range of yarn in stock.

Carole has started to knit with this yarn and is producing her staple "trail" item of an adults scarf.

Machine Washable 100% Acrylic

100 gram balls, 4 mm needles, 317 yards / 290m knits to most D K patterns.

£3.00 per 100 gram ball or £2.70 at Teds Mates rates.


       3 for 2 offer on J C Brett's Twinkle and Legacy, so 3 balls of a sparkly or a pure wool one, lots of shades and all 3 balls for £6.

  Carole has been working on pattern for a cushion cover to knit from these yarns, and the pattern will be free on the day if you buy 3 balls of yarn.

Cable cushion in blue 

  We are going to extend the range of WYS Wensleydale "Gems", let us know which ones you would like us to get in.   Details here  100 gram skeins are £8.50, but only £7.65, can you feel it and buy any cheaper anywhere else?

Wensleydale gems May 2017 

Carole again has produced a Hat pattern for this yarn and again it will be free with purchases of the yarn.


Wensleydale gems hat


    Cabled Cushion cover

 Carole has designed and knittted this cushion cover especially for Yarn Shop Day 2017

The cushion cover is 15inches by 15 inches square, with two cabled panels and 6 buttons to close the access flap.

This is the 12th garment Carole finished in 2017.

The cushion cover is for sale for £12.50.

Knitted from J C Brett's "Twinkle" a dk acrylic yarn which is available in a wide range of vibrant colours.

The pattern will be available free on Yarn Shop day with purchases of the yarn to knit it with.

The will be goody bags for the first few customers each day...  

This is some of the yarns that will be going in to the goody bags, what will be in yours? 

   Box of yarns for goody bags 


yarn day 2017 is coming soon


   More to come.......


Archive from 2016 and before


Yarn shop day poster 2016


                                             Yarn shop Day 2016

     following on from last years great weekend in Cheshire we are doing

            Yarn shop day in West Lancashire, or is it Merseyside? this year. 


          All Weekend, knit and natter outside the boat if the weather is fit,

       bring your own chair and, free patterns, free advice, lots of British Yarns 

               Yarn shop day, Saturday 30th April,

                                     flash sales throughout the day.

      10 - 11 in the morning J C Bretts Woodlander normally

         £3.50 per 100 gram for a hour it'll be £3.00


              1-2 in the afternoon Baby Wools normally £2.50

          per 100 gram wiil be  £2 and normal price eg 

                   Magiknit normally £3.20, £2.60 for this hour


         and for the final hour from 4-5 J.C Bretts Twinkle

                                 is normally £3 now £2.50.

          Super socky Sunday, May 1st discounts on Sock yarn,

                                                             and free sock patterns

                                      super socky Sunday for YSD 2016

Mad Marble Monday May 2nd discounts on J.C Bretts Marble Dk and Marble Chunky. 


Mad Marble Monday May 2016




                                                   Yarn Shop Day 2015


    unfortunately due to Kate Schofield not being very well she won't be able to join us for Yarn Day, so we won't have any of her yarn on board, we'll catch up with her later in the summer...  

     Yarn shop day at Rode Heath

                  Carole has been busy knitting bunting for the boat,

                         It's Capt Col's job to fix it up for Saturday 

      Some of our yarn suppliers have sent us copies of patterns that we can print

                          out and give away to you, our customers.

     All the books on our knitting book shop shelf are 50% off the cover price 

    Celebrate Yarn Shop day 2015, afloat, with us at Rode Heath.

     Emma Maye at Rode Heath 

                                          Emma Maye at Rode Heath last year 

            Let's knit magazine have organized a day to celebrate local independent yarn

                                        shops, and this year we are joining in.

     We have decided to be at Rode Heath near Alsager on the Trent and Mersey canal

                 and will be open 10-5 on Saturday the 2nd of May.


We have a bit of work to do to get to Rode Heath and we did quite a bit of thinking as to where we should be for this day. So we worked out that Rode Heath may be a good place..


Well there are no local yarn shops, as far as we know, so we are not trading on anyone else's patch.

There are good moorings at Rode Heath, with some nice picnic tables that would make a good place for a knit and natter if the weather is fit.

There is a good pub:-) more details to come

       This is the day, but we will expand the day over the 3 days of the

                                                  bank holiday weekend. 

      There are good moorings opposite The Broughton Arms pub where there is

             plenty of car parking.

             For the weekend we are having a go at

                        promoting British Yarn 

Wooly Knit's Country side tweed, double knit, 100% British Wool
Wooly knits basket March 2015

The Wool Boat has recently taken aboard and into stock six new shade's of Wooly Knits Countryside Tweed double knitting yarn.

From left to right on the basket are

Top row

Colour Name Shade no

Grey/Blue fleck Brecon 1522 /11

Dark Purple Highland 51113

Fawn Flecks Sandstone 1810

Bottom row

Green flecks Hewitts 1522 08

Purple flecks Nevis 1522 01

Grey flecks Dartmoor OS1733

These yarns are spun in Yorkshire from 100% British Wool into a double knitting weight.

The balls weigh 100gram and there is 204m/ 228 yards of yarn within the ball.

Recommended needles are 4 mm and the tension of a 10 x 10 cm square of 22 st and 28 rows.

The yarn is priced at £6.50 a ball

All are available from The Wool Boat, or can be posted out.

Wooly knits own website is here

West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4 ply yarn.
WYS 4 ply

A range of yarn spun in West Yorkshire ideal for sock knitting, and named after native birds.

75% Wool of which 35% is Bluefaced Leicester and 25% Nylon.

100gram balls 400m/437 yards 3.25mm needles

We have five shades aboard now, no 818, Blue tit, in Blue and Yellows

no 855 Phesant in Brown and Greens

no 861 Bullfinch in Red and Greys

no 862 Mallard in Blue and Browns

no 864 Wood Pigeon in Grey and Purples

         The price is £7 per 100gram ball and are in our on line shop

 West Yorkshire spinners web site is here 

But if you can't make it to the boat we do a postage service,

see the on line shop or give us a ring.