Where's Mojo when you need him? He knows someone who often says, "Knitting, it ain't rocket science" or something like that!
Congratulations! You just learned a new trick in knitting. And there's no need to feel foolish about that. None of us came out of the womb knitting (well, that lady who learned when she was three is pretty darn close, but anywhoo. . . . ), so it's just a matter of learning as you go, and that usually means doing it the hard way first, and then asking, "Is there an easier way to do this (there has to be or people would have ditched knitting eons ago)?"