Meet the Dyers

Loop & Whorl was founded April 2022 by a couple of donut-loving coffee addicts who met in grad school in Ohio, working in the same molecular biology lab. As we started working together we found that we both loved knitting! We started tinkering around in the dye pots and quickly realized that we wanted to express ourselves through our hand-dyed yarn, and decided to make it legit: and so Loop & Whorl Fiber Co. was formed. We are both SO excited to offer our own unique colorways on bases that we trust are ethically sourced, and to donate a portion of the sales to causes that we believe in (read more about this below).

You can keep up with us through our Instagram page, where we show teasers and behind-the-scenes for our latest shenanigans :)

  • Ellen

    I have always been obsessed with true crime starting from a concerningly young age. I even studied forensic science in my undergrad. When I first met Maddy, she introduced me to the yarn world and my yarn stash has been growing ever since!

  • Maddy

    I taught myself to knit when I was in elementary school, and I was instantly hooked! Today, I design and publish my own patterns and I'm so proud of the work I've done and learned from. Ellen introduced me to true crime, and our interests merged to create L&W!

    View my designs on Ravelry 
  • Ellen's Helpers

    (Billie and Blondie)

    I started with just having Billie, but realized Billie needed a friend and adopted Blondie. Yes the grey cat is named Blondie.

  • Maddy's Helpers

    (Cleo and Lane)

    My kittens are both fiesty little cuddle-demons, Cleo is still adjusting to her new sister Lane but I think in time they'll get along well :)

Organizations we care about

We wanted to bring yarn to the true crime world by picking organizations that help those that have been victims of crime and donating 5% of every yarn sale to these organizations. We feel these organizations are doing vital work for the true crime community. If you would like to donate extra to an organization, or just learn more about their mission statements, click the links below that will take you right to their websites.

Currently, 5% of all sales are donated to End the Backlog - we will rotate our donations across these, and other, organizations whose work benefits survivors and their families!

  • End the Backlog

    “To me, the backlog is one of the clearest and most shocking demonstrations of how we regard these crimes in our society. Testing rape kits sends a fundamental and crucial message to victims of sexual violence: You matter. What happened to you matters. Your case matters. For that reason, The Joyful Heart Foundation, which I founded in 2004, has made ending the rape kit backlog our #1 advocacy priority.”

    - Mariska Hargitay 
  • The Innocence Project

    "The Innocence Project works to free the innocent, prevent wrongful convictions, and create fair, compassionate, and equitable systems of justice for everyone. Founded in 1992 by Barry C. Scheck and Peter J. Neufeld at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, the organization is now an independent nonprofit." 

    "RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE) in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help survivors, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice."