The yarn is arranged by weight with signs telling you what kind of yarn is where. Starting with lace weight and moving to the right through bulky. This made me consider all of the different ways I have found yarn sorted in stores and the benefits of each. A shop set up this way by weight is definitely made for the person who has a pattern picked out but doesn't know what yarn they want to use. You can scan all of the different yarns that would work with your pattern until you find the perfect one. Some LYS are arranged by manufacture so that all yarns from Noro would be together. This arrangement was perfect when I was making the Lizzard Ridge afghan for my Mom and wanted to see every color of Kureyon yarn. I also love this arrangement when I just want to be overwhelmed by all of the beauty of Noro. Then there was the wonderful little yarn shop in Jerome, Arizona that was sorted by color. I walked in and saw an absolute rainbow as I looked around the store. I stood there with my mouth open gathering in the beauty. Some shops you'd swear have never been sorted or arranged, but that's fun, too. It is like a treasure hunt where you don't know what you are looking for or where you will find it. Knit 'n Purl definitely works for me.
A big thanks to Molly and her staff for showing me around their gallery of fine yarn. If you are in the Myrtle Beach area, drop your husband at the golf course and head for Knit 'n Purl. I love golf, but I must say I love yarn more. I am sure I will make another visit some time this month.