Thanks so much for all the kind words.
I learned this morning that my 4 year-old nephew has decided to claim the afghan as his and as such has managed to pull some of the loops out of place.
I don't live near them so I can't fix it, and my sister can't get them back in place either. Only the promise of his very own blanket got a promise that he wouldn't touch it. We'll see how this goes. hehe.