Independence through yarn

independence through yarn

You know when you crochet or knit… or both… then you quickly realize you can make all sorts of home accents for yourself. That kind of power can really go to your head. It starts out with a practical washcloth or two. Then maybe you step up your game with a decorative pillow cover. And before you know it you’re making a toilet paper cozie. 

You know what I say to that?

Knock yourself out! If you want a cozie for the spare toilet paper roll that lives on the back of your toilet go for it. Being able to crochet or knit… or both… is very empowering. Its your super power. You use it to make whatever you like.

But perhaps I’m only saying that because I’ve spent the past 48 hours making little home stuff instead of working on my summer tee. I got this wild hair and I just wanted some new stuff to lighten up the place. I considered a trip to a local home supply store for 30 entire seconds. Then I remembered how much I hate shopping, how much I love making things with yarn, and decided to just make what I wanted.

I wanted some of those drip catchers for my vinegar and oil drizzly bottles. (Those bottles probably have a real name but I don’t know it. I just call them my drizzly bottles and I feel like a total pro in the kitchen when I’m drizzling with them.) These drip catchers are dead simple to make.

Like them? Me too. These are so freaking cute and yet still practical. (Yes they are, very practical. At least as practical as a toilet paper roll cozie.) You just cast on how-ever-many stitches, knit a bunch of rounds, and cast off. But if you like the safety net of a pattern, check out Becky Kibblewhite’s Tea Spout Drip Catcher. 

Next up was a mat to sit under a certain Feline Overlord’s food plate. I sort of, accidentally, with all the best intentions, half melted her last rubber mat in the dishwasher. I had been meaning to buy her a new one but, nah, I’ll just crochet something!

granite stitch crochet

I used a stitch that Moogly calls Granite Stitch. Its simple but pretty. You can find her tutorial with written instructions and video tutorial right here.

Let’s test drive that food plate mat.

Yep. Seems to work just fine!

(I just KNOW you are wondering why Cowardly Boy Cat doesn’t get a crocheted food plate mat. Okay. I’ll tell you. Its not because I don’t love him. Cowardly Boy cat is the messiest eater in feline history. He’s really excels at sleeping and eating and when he eats, he power eats. There is hissing, there is growling, and there is a lot of shaking his head and flinging food around. He murders every plate of cat food he gets. So he eats off a Rubbermaid Mud Boot and Utility Tray. That thing is can totally stand up to its weekly trip to the dishwasher.)

But I wasn’t satisfied. I needed more home-y stuff. I needed a new coaster for my desk. So I went to ravelry to browse the coaster patterns and, ahhh, came across my own pattern for leaf coasters and actually thought “oh yeah those are pretty. I should just make my own coaster”. I am a real ditz sometimes.

So I whipped out a leaf coaster. And took it for a test drive.

a knit leaf in three sizes coaster

Yep. That one works too.

And everything got made in tough, white cotton. That cotton that can go through the laundry with enough bleach to keep it looking new and white.

I feel better. I think I’ll get back to my summer tee now.



Print Friendly

Related Content


"There is no failure. Only feedback." - Robert Allen

17 Comments on "Independence through yarn"

Notify of
Sort by:   newest | oldest | most voted
I love making the little things for the house!! I have been making my own washcloths and dishcloths lately. Have the hemp to make new placements and coasters. Want to make bathroom rugs next! Plus have 2 different afghans in the works, and multiple other projects tucked in bags!! So many projects and so little time!!!! Love the idea of the drip catchers, those will be a lunch break project!!! Your leaf coaster is beautiful!!! I keep adding to my list of things to make!!! 🙂 🙂

I adore your blog 🙂


I love your leaf coasters and place mats! I’ll be knitting some of these for sure.


LOVE this post! I also got on a “little house stuff” this week! Monday I was going to my knitting group and got really annoyed at my sweating water bottle, so I grabbed some cotton yarn and crocheted a water bottle cozy at “knit” night. Now I’m getting ready to make place mats!


Oh, yeah.also made some dishcloths!


I like knitting little dish ‘sponges’. It’s so satisfying to go to the drawer, grab a clean one, & put the old one in the lingerie bag under the sink! & that’s my car knitting, too. Needles & cotton in a bag, living in my car, ready to crank out more sponges.
Just in case anyone’s looking, the pattern is here:
I call mine 1/2 the fun, because I only cast on 15 stitches