Welcome to Emma Maye The Wool Boat for exclusive knitwear, photo art and knitting supplies.
The Narrowboat Emma Maye
Our floating studio, workspace and shop.
New for the 2013 cruise a "Ewe" tiller pin.
Four years ago Carole and Colin Wareing established a unique yarn and wool shop on board their narrowboat "Patty Ann".
They originally created hand knitted garments and photo art work which they sold on their travels on the inland waterways and canals of the country.
They where often asked by knitters in the villages and towns where they moored, and by fellow boaters if they had yarn for sale, as Carole had a good stash on board.
It thus emerged that there was an opportunity to provide a service to knitters where the local yarn store had long since closed down.
Over the winter of 2010 -2011 a new boat was commissioned, being largely fitted out by Bernard Beardall Marine Services of Eccles on a Narrowboats of Staffordshire shell to the couple's own design.
Emma Maye gets lifted over the 12ft high wall out of the boat builders yard, in Eliza Ann Street in Eccles Greater Manchester on the 1st June 2011.
The boat is a reverse layout, cruiser stern and the specification include a extra wide hatch and rear doors to make it easier for customers to come on board into the saloon that is the shop area during the days that they are open for trading, and a "extra" room as a stock room for the wool. On the 1stJune this year their premises were thus extended by 7ft as "Emma Maye" was launched into the BridgewaterCanalat Eccles nearManchester.
Following the launch Colin was left to shelve out the stock room, which can be converted into a 2ndbedroom for occasional overnight guests.
Colin in the stock room showing about a 3rd of the stock that can now be carried on Emma Maye
This stock room has meant a larger range of knitting goods is now stocked, including knitting needles, patterns, and buttons, whilst retaining the core stock of J.C. Bretts yarns they have been able to start carrying some Robin yarn and over the coming winter intend to source British pure wool.
As the floating shop become more well known it was generally being called "The Wool Boat" by lots of people who came into contact with her, so Carole and Colin have adopted this name for the boat, so she is "Emma Maye The Wool Boat"
The Wool Boat is now 57ft long and still being a narrowboat means that she can travel the whole of the inland waterways of the country, and will be coming to a canal near you sometime over the coming summers, while returning to theirWest Lancashirebase in Burscough each winter.
Emma Maye is largely painted Oxford Blue with white lining.
On Sunday the 5th June 2011, Carole performed the official naming on "Emma Maye" unveiling the name to a select bunch of freinds and faimly outside the Slipway Pub.
On board she is laid out with a cruiser stern, and we tend to board and disembark at the stern.
She is laid out in what is considered to be a "reverse" layout. This means that we enter straight into the saloon, living, shop, gallery.
We have a Stanley range which keeps us warm, heats water and we do our cooking on it during the Winter months.
Then a galley with a hob, fridge, sink etc, then we have the store room which we can convert into a occaisional guest bedroom, then the bathroom with a shower, sink and chemical toilet.
Forward is our bed room….
Home from home, and with the possibility of a different view from the window each day, be it out in the countryside or a city scape.