While we shouldn't blow our own trumpet should we? we can't really keep the nice coments to our selves can we:-)
Created 10.2.15 and updated 28.9.16
Testimonials up dated 28.9.16.
Modern Boatman's Gansey for Alison's Husband
This is a modern boat mans gansey created for Alison in Mid Wales for her husbands birthday.
Alison kindly sent us this picture and the comment,
"Thought you would like to see the gansey on. He absolutely loves it! I think it may have to be surgically removed for washing! Thank you"
The gansey was hand knitted by Carole Wareing of Colin and Carole's Creations and The Wool Boat.
The pattern was designed by Carole herself and is knitted on two needles and sewn together rather than in the round, which is the traditional way of knitting a gansey. knitting
The yarn is double knitting weight yarn and in this case it was from the Wooly Knits Countryside Tweed pure wool range, the shade "Brecon" which is Navy Blue with multicoloured flecks.
The pattern is available as a printed one from The Wool Boat or as a digital download from the shop here
If you would like to commission Carole to knit you a gansey please feel free to e-mail us on email@example.com or ring us on 07931 356204.
Carole and Colin Wareing in on the Leeds and Liverpool canal in Blackburn 28.9.16
A picture from Australia
Following the "Walking through history" telly programme with Sir Tony Robinson being shown in Australia we received a order for a Gansey, and this is the result..
"I received my Gansey for Christmas last, and have had it stored away safely for a day when I could wear it, hence the long wait for photo.
I just love my Gansey, so light and so warm, an instant family heirloom.
The photo was taken on a small wharf along the Richmond River at Ballina in New South Wales in Australia.
Shame about the cloudy weather, but it made wearing my beautiful Gansey possible.
The pelican sculpture celebrates a local fellow who use to take care of sick or injured pelicans along the seafront and river at Ballina.
(Often the result of fishing line, hooks and so forth.) Sadly he has gone, and I'm sure the wildlifehere has suffered since.
Once again, thank you both so much, I just adore my Gansey.
All my best regards Paul"
If you would like a Gansey hand knitting, please get in touch, or we have the patterns and yarn in stock.
From Carol Milligan in North Ireland Jan 2015, we had posted out some Texere Troon Tweed yarn.
"Thank you so much for your
superfast delivery received it yesterday and mum got it today. She's delighted
with it can't wait to start knitting.
I must say myself excellent customer service and we will thoroughly recommend you.
Kind regards Carol & Caroline xx"
"Dear Colin and Carole,
This is Paul Bashford,
I just wanted to thank you both for my beautiful Gansey.
As it was a Christmas present from my partner, I hadn't had the chance to thank you properly, until now.
So you will be glad to know that I just adore it, it is sooo soft and light,
I look forward to wearing it through winter, and will take a picture for you then.
I feel completely privileged in owning one of you fine creations.
all my best regards and gratitude all the way from Australia.
We had supplied a pure wool Gansey garment 178 to Paul in Australia in October 2014.
"Hi Colin and Carole
My Gansey has just arrived. I've tried it on and it's super. A great fit and looks fantastic. Many thanks. Hope to meet you somewhere next year,,
Best Wishes Steph"
Steph is a fellow boater and ordered this Gansey in June 2014, it being delivered by post in the November.
"Hi Carole and Colin
Thank you so much for sending the cushion cover - I love it and so will my grand-daughter. It is for her old canvas topped caravan - she has it for her play den in the garden - it's an original but without the wheels and steps - the top is placed on wooden slats on the ground. All the cushions have been taken in for the winter so this new one will be a super start for Easter - the bunny needs to collect it though for delivery with the eggs!
I'd love you to make me another one in the new year for my other grand-daughter in bright colours of yellow, orange, lime green, white and may be a little dark green. Please let me know if this is ok for you. I am behind with my patchwork - I was making advent wall hangings and my machine went for a service and the engineer has not done the job for the promised date so I will have a busy weekend hand sewing in time for 1 December.
I hope you have a happy and peaceful Christmas and all the best for 2015. Please let me know when you will next be near Anderton.
Best wishes Ruth"
Received Nov 2014 From Ruth, near Northwich, the next cushion cover will be ready for when we are in Anderton again in the spring.