Queen of the Mattress Stitch
Thanks a bajillion to Auntieanne for her advice. By the way, what is your blog address?
So it turns out that mattress stitch is not hard. In fact, I would say that it is just as easy as any other seaming technique I've ever used and it LOOKS SO MUCH BETTER! I did both seams in probably a half an hour and they look practically seamless. (haha i'm so punny)
On stripes and seaming, no, the thread does not show. To be safe I used the lighter of the two colors, but it totally didn't matter. The only place it was visible at all was in the garter stitch cuff, but even then it was only little peeks which are practically invisible. The thing about seaming stripes is that the lines don't line up perfectly. Mine are a little less than half a stitch off. I tried again a couple of times to the same results, and then decided that it was a much smaller difference than you get when knitting in the round. I was unable to get a good pic but will see if I can get some help.
The garter stitch selvedge didn't get in the way or anything but I don't think I will deal with it again.
FO! Tomorrow I will bring these in to Mary Charles Yarn Company where they will begin their new lives as display pieces.