Although Vera Carano of North Hill hasn’t been making socks as long as brands like Hanes®, her one-of-kind baby booties are just as well known at Akron Children’s Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit.
“I started making booties for Children’s after my son Sergio was born in 1961 and I’ve never stopped,” said Carano.
Now in her 80s, Carano has made more than a thousand booties, averaging between 15-20 pair a year, and has no plans of slowing down.
“I want to keep doing it for as long as I can. I enjoy it very much,” Carano said. “Over the years I’ve used different colors of yarn for the booties, but I always make them with the same pattern because they stay on good.”
Carano first learned to knit from a relative in Italy before immigrating to the U.S. with her husband, Robert, in 1956. That same year, she went to work as a seamstress at O’Neil’s and 5 years later started making booties for babies she didn’t know.
“I’ve never met a patient who has received my booties,” said Carano. “I just like knowing that they have been put to good use. It makes me feel happy.”
While NICU babies won’t see a Vera Carano label on their booties, parents will know if they’re Carano’s because they’ll stay on, even after a busy day of kicking in place.