Ok, I'm going to try this again. I think there was a word specific to this type of item. I just can't remember if it was the pad/puff itself or for the type of knitting/crochet.
I do believe I found it on a woman's blog and she was Japanese but not living in Japan. It may have been a Japanese thing or word? I'm really mad at myself for losing this URL as I really wanted to make some. It was better looking that a plan ordinary crochet circle and took a little more work - thus I think it was knit, but not positive because I remember reading about how "you know your Japanese if your mother crochet your dish clothes".