For the First Time, Crazy Aunt Purl’s Kitties Speak Out! [CONTEST CLOSED]

Crazy Aunt Purl (aka Laurie Perry) is nearing the end of her blog tour to support her new book, Crazy Aunt Purl’s Home Is Where the Wine Is: Making the Most of What You’ve Got One Stitch (and Cocktail!) at a Time. Since Laurie’s probably answered every possible question there is to ask about her book at this point in her blog tour, her cats have stepped up to be interviewed… for the first time.

Today, Chaos and Mayhem are excited to welcome Bob, Sobakowa, and Frankie from Crazy Aunt Purl to Stumbling Over Chaos! Bob, Soba, and Frankie live in Los Angeles with Laurie.

Chaos: Excited? We are awake.

Mayhem: Speak for yourself, big kitty! Hi, other kitties!!!!!!!! Mom said you live far away. I hope you don’t live at the vet!! The vet is far away.

And May is a titch excitable… Perhaps you three can begin by telling us a bit about the book?

Soba: All I know is that I’m not on the cover – again – and she’s going to hear from my lawyer.

Chaos: So I heard that you actually wrote this book, Soba, but didn’t get any credit for it. Any truth to that, and if so, why do you let your mom get away with treating you so cruelly?

Frankie: I’m an airhead.
Bob: I’m scared. Or hungry. Or scared. Or hungry.
Soba: Obviously I have a more existential relationship with the manuscript, as my way of working is more self-directed, but I don’t need the recognition of a byline. Lesser cats may feel slighted by indignities like pooping in a box or having a stunt cat pictured on the cover of her human’s book, but I have loftier aspirations. Total world domination.

Chaos: Did you always know you’d be so successful at being crabby, Soba, and can you offer any advice to kitties who’d like to do the same?

Soba: I don’t think of myself as crabby. I think of myself as unfortunately equipped with claws but no thumbs.

Chaos: I feel your pain! The no thumbs thing really sucks, especially since Mom put locks on the cupboards. Hmph. Ok, Bob, you’re so laid back. Any tips for maintaining your boyish cool in a female dominated household?

Bob: Find a quiet spot in the closet.

Mayhem: Do you dye your fur, Bob? No one is that shade of orange!

Bob: I once ate half a bag of cheetos that I found in my human’s handbag. Maybe that did it?

Chaos: Are the rumors about Bob faking his dumbness true? Is it true he really has a degree in Economics, and it’s all an act?

Bob just fell off the bed, and is unable to answer this question.

Mayhem: Ouch. Poor Bob. I bet that hurt. Frankie, how do you deal with the pressure to be beautiful all the time? I myself find it requires many hours of napping to sustain.

Frankie: When you’re naturally gorgeous like me, you don’t feel pressure to stay beautiful because you just are. But finding people to appreciate your beauty nonstop is so hard! They always want to do things like “sleep” and “watch TV” so I have to stand on their stomachs or block the TV. It’s hard work being appreciated for your beauty.

Mayhem: Do you ever see ghosts? I do!!

Frankie: Not since we moved. Now we see more dust bunnies.

Chaos: Is it true that pets that live in California are all famous?

Soba: Only the ones with good representation. Our agent is with CAA….

Mayhem: What’s your favorite flavor of yarn? I like all kinds!!

Bob: I prefer knitting needles to yarn. Much easier to ruin.

Mayhem: Oh, yes, knitting needles are nice, too!!
Chaos: What kind of parties do you have when your mom’s at work?

Soba: I hate cats, so I spend most of the day trying to open the door and get to Starbucks so I can be with my own kind.

Mayhem: Do you have any suggestions on how to get our mom to quit spending so much money on yarn and buy more toys and treats?

Frankie: Have you tried throwing up on the yarn?

Mayhem: Oh, I’ll have to get the big kitty on that. He’s a very pukey kitty.
Chaos: What happens to you when your mom leaves for a while? (We’re pretty sure our mom stood in the hallway for two weeks when she said she was going on vacation, because even she wouldn’t visit the vet for two weeks.)

Frankie: We have a British nanny who stays with us. She’s like supernanny, only taller.

Chaos: How do you punish your mom for leaving you alone?

Bob: Hairballs.
Soba: Targeted furniture shredding.
Frankie: Constant meowing when she returns is really helpful.

Chaos: Oh yeah, I work the constant meowing, too. So very effective, isn’t it?
Mayhem: Is it true that fluffy white birds [snowflakes] don’t fall from the sky in California?

Frankie: We have lint. Does that count?

Chaos: I still miss Roy. Care to share an amusing anecdote about the Old Man?

Bob: He could actually open doors! He was so tall that if he stood on his hind legs and put his paws on the long type of door handles he could open all the doors. It was amazing.

Mayhem: Where does your mom buy your catnip? Does she have an inside line to a reputable source?

Chris breathes a sigh of relief that May didn’t bring up Frankie’s bust for catnip possession last summer.

Frankie: Living in California has its advantages, as we have legalized the catnip trade for medicinal purposes. Soba uses it for her “glaucoma.”

Chaos: Do you like it when your mom has visitors? How do you react? I stand at the front door after Mom buzzes someone in and I greet them with growling and hissing.

Soba: I enjoy discourse with new humans. The other cats hide under the bed and pretend to be invisible, the fools.

Mayhem: Thank you for visiting with us, kitties from faraway!!!!!
Chaos: Whatever.

And thanks for letting your cats visit with us today, Laurie!

Laurie’s publisher HCI has offered five copies of Home Is Where the Wine Is for me to give away, so make sure you mention that you’re entering the contest when you comment.

Contest Rules

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Good luck!

220 thoughts on “For the First Time, Crazy Aunt Purl’s Kitties Speak Out! [CONTEST CLOSED]”

  1. Jake, Tyler, Blue, Ophelia and Zander loved the interview, and want very much for their human to win the contest so that she will read Laurie’s book to them. They love Laurie, Frankie, Bob, and Soba (and miss Roy, too). Here is their mom, entering the contest.
    .-= Jeanne B.´s last blog ..It Might Be Winter =-.

  2. I had the most awful day at work (and didn’t get home until after 8:00 pm) – I didn’t even have time to read your blog. This was a great antidote for a lousy day — Chaos, May, Frankie, Soba, and Bob should get together more often! (No need to enter me – I already have a copy of the book.)
    .-= janna´s last blog ..The Last Christmas Gift! =-.

  3. Count me in on the contest. Soba, I love you! I must have your sister!Bob, I have your brother-pretty but dumb.

  4. What a great interview! Got down to the stuff us cat lover’s really want to know. Thank you for the interview and the chance to win one of these books. I have the first one and definitely need the second!

  5. I’d like to enter the contest! I’m too poor to actually buy Aunt Purl’s book, but not too poor to buy new yarn. Sigh.

  6. Please enter me in the contest. I have the first book, and am looking forward to reading more. I just finished my very first hat using Laurie’s rolled brim hat recipe, and it fits perfectly!

    P.S. You know that Sobakawa is secretly my favorite, right? Love her interview responses!

  7. Schnurrli is also interested in the cat lawyer, seems that meals have not been served on a regular schedule and . . . and . . . ;((
    Please count me in on the contest 🙂

  8. I want in on the contest too please! This was the best ever interview. So intellectual and funny! I just love those cats.

  9. This is one of the best interviews I’ve read in a long, long time!

    Please include me in the drawing for the new Crazy Aunt Purl installment, I can’t wait to read about what happens next!

  10. Love the writing.Kitties should visit with our hamster Hamlet and fish.They would have a great time.Please enter me in contest.

  11. Hey, I want to enter the contest! Great cat interview. Do all knitters have to have cats? It seems like most of them do.

  12. After reading your blog, my cats said I should enter your contest. They are always telling me what to do but they have more sense than most humans I know so I shall obey.
    Thanks for sharing that great interview with Laurie’s cats. Very cute!

  13. ohmigosh! so funny! i love bob! please enter me in the contest but pretend i didn’t ask because i have no luck and as soon as i ask i’m guaranteed to lose, so just forget i said anything!
    .-= InfamousQBert´s last blog ..consciousness =-.

  14. I’d love to be entered in the drawing – and I think Chaos and Mayhem should conduct more interviews. The questions were insightful and thought provoking. Between the two of them I think they cover a lot of ground and make a great interview team.
    .-= CatieP´s last blog ..Blocking =-.

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