Say hello to Nano, a tiny project that turned into an elaborate labor of love.
My dad loves to geocache and logging trackables is a big part of his geocaching
hobby obsession. Alas, one of his favorite trackables, Freddie Frigid, made a daring escape across the border while visiting the Peace Arch in 2014. While Freddie can never be replaced, I thought Dad could use a new geocaching companion. I also needed to do something special for his milestone birthday and thus a plan was hatched.
Part I: Making the Dog
To make the dog small enough to use as a trackable, I used a light-weight yarn (CoBaSi, held double) and small DPN’s (US 2.5 and 1.5). Very pleased with the results but the process was seriously finicky!
CoBaSi makes a lovely knitted fabric but tends to be rather splitty during the knitting process. I also couldn’t figure out how to keep the doubled-up strands from twisting so had to untwist them frequently to keep the stitches flat and smooth. Plus I had to make a lot of small pieces, sew them partway, stuff them just right, sew them together some more…well you get the picture!
Part II: Making the Dog Trackable
Fortunately, this was pretty easy with a Log My Dog tag. Each tag has a unique code so that it can be tracked online at geocaching.com. Then the tag had to be attached to the dog so I bought a teensy weensy dog collar and shortened it to fit around the dog’s neck.
Part III: Naming the Dog
Of course, the dog needed a name. “Nano” was perfect because the dog was so small and geocachers often use nano-sized containers for hard-to-find geocaches. I also made him a dog tag with his name and phone number on it just in case he got lost like Freddie Frigid (no pressure, Dad!).
Part IV: Making Dad Work For His Present
Naturally I had to make Dad jump through a few hoops before he could become Nano’s owner. I created a word puzzle that Dad had to solve to get the coordinates of Nano’s hiding spot in the back yard. Took a while (and some heavy hints) but he eventually figured it out!
Part V: Nano’s Adventures Begin!
In the very short time that Nano has been geocaching with Dad, they have had some pretty wild adventures!