Lifting Spirits One Hat at a Time
Posted on Friday, April 13, 2012


Island Yarn and Art Supplies has helped donate over 400 handmade knit and crochet hats to NHCH patients in just two and a half years. We are grateful to Island Yarn and Art Supplies, including Judith Roos and the other Island Yarn and Art Supply crafters who have graciously donated the majority of these hats.  

Debra Repasky (picture above, far left) opened Island Yarn and Art Supplies in October of 2009 to provide a sense of community where like-minded, creative people could enjoy the company of others, while being surrounded by creative materials, ideas, and classes.  Island Yarn and Art Supplies offers a full array of student and professional art supplies, plus knitting, crochet, spinning and weaving supplies, including yarn.  They also offer classes on several creative topics, including oil painting, knitting, crocheting and much more. Island Yarn and Art Supplies collects yarn donated by customers and offers this yarn back to customers to create projects they donate to the hospital.   

More than 400 NHCH patients have received handmade knit or crocheted hats from Island Yarn and Art Supplies’ customers, like Judith Roos. “We are very grateful to Island Yarn and Art Supplies for giving their time and talent in making these hats.  Because of them, our healing environment is more special,” says Arielle Faith Michael, Holistic Care Services Director.  

Arielle visits patients daily and offers holistic care services, including Island Yarn and Art Supplies donated knit and crochet hats.  A portion of the adult caps are given to Oncology patients and the rest are offered to patients in Med Surg, ICU and ER in addition to prayer blankets, aromatherapy, guided imagery CDs, magazines and energy work (Reiki and Healing Touch).  “Their beautiful colors and soft yarn warm patients and lift their spirits.  From gracing the heads of newborns to providing comfort to cancer patients going through chemo, these caps touch many lives at NHCH,” says Arielle.  

If you would like to learn more about Island Yarn and Art Supplies or donate yarn, please visit  Or if you have questions about our Holistic Care Services, please contact Arielle at 881.4416.