TALENTED knitters worked themselves into Olympic history with a special gift . Ladies from the Kilcreggan Spinning and Weaving Group took part in "Project Woolsack" by making a cushion from British wool to give as a personal welcome gift to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

The project is part of the Cultural Olympiad supported by Prince Charles to try to rejuvenate interest in 100% British wool and to give competitors from all around the world a taste of a British tradition. Michelle McLean, 43, one of Kilcreggan's fibre artists, heard about the project from a Woolsack organiser at the start of the year and suggested to the group that it would be a good idea get involved.

She told the advertiser: "I thought it would be a really lovely idea. Dorothy our oldest member at ninety wrote a message about the 1948 Olympics to inspire whoever received her cushion." The cushions were mostly given to members of the GB Sailing team but Dorothy's was seized by Scottish rower Katherine Grainger.