Chenille yarn is soft and fluffy: It feels a bit like terry cloth and looks a little bit like muppet fur (but tidier!).
All blankets are sent in Spacesaver Premium Vacuum Bags, in order to maximize packing efficiency. To open the bag, remove any tape (I use duct tape because I find it is easier for customers to remove from the bag than packing tape), and open from the end with the blue edge, which opens like a Ziploc bag - no cutting required. You are free to keep and reuse the vacuum bag for storage.
When you receive your item, it will be compressed and compacted from being packaged. Don’t panic! Chenille compresses and recovers well. A quick shake and rub with your hands should fluff it back to normal. You can also throw it in the dryer for about 30 seconds on low temperature. Do not over heat!
Because your blanket is hand-knitted, there may occasionally be loose ends from where the yarn ends were tied and woven in and have come loose with use. Because this is pre-looped yarn, the chances of your blanket unravelling are extremely low. Simply weave any loose ends back into the blanket, or, if you wish, you can sew them in with a needle and thread.
All ILoveMyBlanket items are machine-washable in cold water and can be tumble-dried on low (per manufacturer's instructions), but hand washing and hanging your item to dry is a good way to extend its life!