I know most people will think these are just strange, but Disney geek that I am, I love them. No they aren't pencils, they are Mickey Mouse knitting needles and point protectors. How cool is that? They were part of a learn to knit kit for kids that I found at JoAnn's and I couldn't resist (I did however, resist the pink sparkly princess set.) They will be perfect for knitting dishcloths.