There was a period in my life when every blessèd visitor to the casa Jersey Knitter B&B wanted to do just one thing roundabout Exit 151: see Cats. Once was enough for me, but some visitors wanted to compare the London and Broadway casts, particularly Elaine Paige and Betty Buckley... and I had to tag along. Ah, Memory! I developed such a case of earworm (click if ye dare) whilst working on Helical Socks, my first FO of 2011.
It may look like there's no snow on the ground, but there is. Lots. I just shovel well.
Helical stripes are rather magical. The technique is an easy-peasy introduction to colorwork and a nice way to use leftovers, not to mention it yields a beguiling answer to the vexing question, If they mated?
Following Misa's suggestion, one sock has green as the MC and red as the CC and the other is t'other 'way 'round. Despite appearances, technically they are neither identical nor sororal, but rather are complementary. I guessed the original stripe sequences would be discernable, but didn't anticipate the sprightly way the stripes would play off each other. A contrasting 2x2 rib cuff, eye of partridge flap heel, and round toe set off the pencil stripes.
Color me one happy cat.