If I wasn't knitting this late at night and in the dark I might have noticed sooner how BAD an idea garter stitch in the round is. Especially in a project where the seam will be obvious no matter where I put it. Good thing I haven't woven in ends!
Too bad- I love the short rows + garter stitch (still unblocked here, and in the dark since I have yet to be home near knitting while it is light out for the last week + ).
Ahh well, back to the drawing board. The lace at lease can stay.