fold a newspaper into a knot

jacdac

Senior Member
Lebanese
Already, she’d stacked three days’ worth of logs by the fireplace and had a week’s worth of old newspapers ready for the girls to roll and fold into knots. There were flashlights with fresh batteries and candles in every room, and she’d braved a trip to the supermarket that morning, where her fellow housewives were acting practically feral, grabbing for the last loaf of bread or gallon of milk or four-pack of toilet paper, as if everyone’s snow-day plans included French toast and diarrhea.
source: Mrs Everything by Jennifer Wiener

Is this what the author has in mind about rolling newspapers into knots? I just find it odd to fold a newspaper into a knot.

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Thank you.
 
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