I've read blogs where knitters were frustrated that their socks formed irregular stripes and "didn't match," and I could barely tell the difference. In this case, all I can say is, "At least they're the same color." If the size is good I'll make Boy another pair, but I don't want to start another pair for him until we size-test them.
So I started another pair for myself - Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Black Purl. Look how nicely it swirls and stripes! So the fault lies not with Lorna's Laces, dear readers. That one sock is a freak of nature.