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 19th of October 2017,  The plan for this week, 5 Berets produced and can be ordered.

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

Carole has a new project, a Temperature blanket for 2017 update with September pic in place.

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               Bright gloves and hat    

    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 

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.   

Abram poster October 2017

The Plan for this week 16th October to 22nd October 2017 isn't going too bad.

After not leaving Anderton until Tuesday morning because of the threat of wind we then had two tree's fallen across the canal just to the north of Anderton.

The first one we got passed by the collective of 3 boats crews and a passer by cut enough of the branches off. The 2nd one was moved by Fountains contractors working for CRT.

This morning we are moored over looking Little Bollington near Dunham Massey and the plan is to get as far as Boothstown this evening, with a stop at the Trafford Centre and a voyage over the Manchester Ship Canal.

  So once we get to Abram near Wigan on Friday we'll be able to advise of where we'll be moored and open for the weekend. 

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     5 Berets


Five Berets hand knitted by Carole Wareing, this is Carole of Colin and Carole's Creations based on a narrow boat named "Emma Maye" and also known as The Wool Boat that is based on the Leeds and Liverpool canal in Burscough in West Lancashire.

There is one child sized beret, the red one, and 4 adult sized ones, in shades of Navy Blue, Cerise, Black and Sage Green.

All are knitted from J C Bretts acrylic Top Value yarn.

The berets easy care, being machine washable at 30C

Price £10 plus p and p £3 per Beret.

#buyitoffaboat #wool #yarn #buyitfromawoolshop

New into stock, Knit Pro "Zing" needles, see below

And we still have a special offer on 3 shades of James C Bretts Magiknit

double knitting weight yarn.

They are normally £3.20 a ball but are now £2.20.       

     Any questions about what we stock or can do for you please feel free to ring us on 07931 356204       


 New knit pro zing needles in stock
Knit pro needles August 2017


We have extended our range of "Knit Pro" notions, with some new additions to our range of "Zing" needles.

We now have in stock straight needles in the sizes of

3.25 mm x 35 cm @ £3.60 a pair

4.00 mm x 35 cm @ £4.00 a pair

5.50mm x 35 cm @ £5.30 a pair

And 6.50mm x 35cm @£5.80 a pair.

The circular ones we have available at present are

2.50mm diameter x 150cm long @£5.00 each

3.00mm diameter x 80cm long @£5.50 each

4.00mm diameter x 80cm long @£5.80 each

5.50mm diameter x 80cm long @£6.00 each

And 6.00mm diameter x 80cm long @£6.00 each.

we do of course carry on carrying a comprehensive range of normal needles etc but Carole highly recommends these "Zing" needles as the knitting flows very smoothly from needle to needle.


   Carole has last week finished off a garment that she started back in January, and is keeping this one as it's so colourful and comfy, but she can reproduce it if you would like one...

Party time sleevless jacket

 It was knitted from 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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