As Jacqueline says, there is no time limit to joining the Mary Wigham SAL, and that it is not a race- everyone is free to stitch at her own pace.
Among the Japanese SAL participants, I was not one of the first ones to start stitching, since I took plenty of time to choose my fabric and thread - (not to mention I was rather busy organizing the SAL itself), and was under the impression that I was way behind the others.
However, in the process of "stitching to escape", I find myself already in Part 5.
I also realize that on a worldwide scale, there are many, many people who have not yet started stitching yet.
Look at the US SAL blog - there are over 100 members (these are the people who want to post in the blog) - and only several WIPs posted.
(Is it a cultural thing that the French and Japanese are among the fastest stitchers?)
If I finish my Mary Wigham, what would I do as Head Girl?
Of course I could invite more members and keep the SAL running, as long as people want to join, but it would be awkward to have nothing to show for myself.
In addition, I am enjoying stitching this piece, and would be very sorry to finish it off.
So what would I do?
Work on my other WIPs or try to diminish my SABLE? (Have tried this, but I seem to be very bad at stitching multiple things at the same time - and HOW can I keep the threads and needles in order??)
Or, finish my Mary, and start over using another fabric and thread choice? (sounds like a good idea, but after having seen the others' work, I can come up with nothing new)
Any other ideas?